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- Call: 785-233-5443
Caitlin McMurtry, analyst, supports the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County’s public health department as program coordinator for the Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) coalition. Her work aims to determine the best strategies for mobilizing action toward health improvement in five main areas: communication, education, infrastructure, nutrition and health services. McMurtry and HCW collaborate nationally and locally to integrate evidence-based practice and community-based participatory research principles into coalition work. Prior to joining KHI, McMurtry earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College, where she wrote her senior thesis on adolescent mental health, social cohesion and risk behaviors in economically stressed urban environments. While in college, McMurtry conducted field work in Mobile, Ala., as part of a research study of poverty and public health.
The Kansas Health Institute recently completed its first health impact assessment, which examined the potential health effects associated with casino development in Southeast Kansas. This new report features findings of the health impact assessment and outlines recommendations to maximize the positive health benefits of a proposed casino and mitigate its potential negative effects on health.
Healthy Communities Wyandotte is a countywide initiative to involve local leaders and residents in improving the health of people in the community.
The Kansas Health Institute collaborated with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to create the “Putting County Health Rankings into Action” webinar. The webinar featured approaches that Kansas communities are using to mobilize community health improvement efforts in response the County Health Rankings.
The Kansas Health Institute delivered this presentation to a meeting of Atchison Hospital’s Healthcare Resource for a Healthy Community Committee. The presentation describes the purpose and methodology of the Kansas County Health Rankings, and how the report and its subsequent efforts relate specifically to the health of Atchison County.