Preparing Community Health Ambassadors as Change Agents in Creating Healthier Settings in Wyandotte County, Kansas
Health inequities are modifiable disparities in disease burden among particular groups. These health inequities are produced by differences in the conditions in which people live, work, and play.
In Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County, disproportionate risk for cardiovascular disease and chronic diseases such as diabetes is particularly apparent for Latinos and African Americans. 76% of Latinos in Wyandotte County are overweight or obese, compared to 63% of all Americans. Latinos in Kansas City are approximately 1½ times more likely to die from diabetes compared to whites.
This project aims to prepare and engage community members in transforming settings in the neighborhoods and organizations in which they can have influence in Kansas City and Wyandotte County. This project will provide training and support for these community health ambassadors to serve as change agents in making local settings more supportive of healthier behaviors such as physical activity and healthy nutrition.
Jerry Schultz, Ph.D.
KU Work Group for Community Health and Development
Dole Human Development Center Rm 4082
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045