Track 6 - Addressing the Social Determinates of Health Through Partnerships

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D13 - Partnering for a Healthier Heartland

Wednesday, July 11
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Riverview 1

In Kansas, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) partnered to address health disparities through collaborative planning, data analysis, and authentic community engagement. This collaboration maximizes the strengths of each organization, JCDHE’s public health data and program expertise, and UCS’s advocacy capacity and community relationships. In the first year of this partnership, a leadership team of multi-sector partners gained an understanding of local health equity issues, developed strategic solutions to mitigate inequity, and created a plan to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities.

Keywords

Health Equity, Partnerships & Collaborations, Social Determinants of Health

Elizabeth Holzschuh, MS

Epidemiologist II
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Elizabeth Holzschuh is the population health epidemiologist at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, where she has worked since 2015. Johnson County, Kansas is located in the Kansas City Metro Region and has a population of approximately 590,000 residents. Her primary role is to provide data for program and policy development and support department activities, including the community health assessment. Prior to her current role, she served as an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She obtained her masters degree with a concentration in public health, microbiology, and emerging infectious disease from the George Washington University.

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Kathryn Evans Madden

Director of Education and Planning
United Community Services of Johnson County

Kathryn Evans Madden is currently the Director of Education and Planning at the Untied Community Services of Johnson County (UCS). UCS is a nonprofit agency founded in 1967 whose mission is to provide education and advocacy, lead collaborative planning, and mobilize targeted resources to enhance the availability and delivery of health and human services. Prior to joining UCS, Evans Madden was the lead community organizer for Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO), where she managed grassroots campaigns for racial and health equity in the Kansas City urban core, and led an initiative to develop a community organizing and public health integration model focused on building civic leadership to address social determinants of health. She obtained her Masters in Public Administration with a focus on public policy from the University of Missouri.

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Megan Foreman

Program Manager
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Megan Foreman directs the LiveWell Johnson County initiative at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. LiveWell’s mission is to prevent chronic disease through partnerships and environmental changes to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Prior to jumping in at the local level three years ago, Megan was the Policy Director at Oral Health Kansas, the state’s only advocacy organization dedicated to improving oral health. Ms. Foreman has over a decade of experience in non-profit management, health policy and advocacy. She has written extensively on a variety of health issues. She serves on the board of the Kansas Public Health Association and is involved with the American Public Health Association.

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Megan Foreman

Program Manager
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Megan Foreman directs the LiveWell Johnson County initiative at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. LiveWell’s mission is to prevent chronic disease through partnerships and environmental changes to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Prior to jumping in at the local level three years ago, Megan was the Policy Director at Oral Health Kansas, the state’s only advocacy organization dedicated to improving oral health. Ms. Foreman has over a decade of experience in non-profit management, health policy and advocacy. She has written extensively on a variety of health issues. She serves on the board of the Kansas Public Health Association and is involved with the American Public Health Association.

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