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August 4, 2021

Political Determinants of Health: Redistricting, Civic Engagement and Health

On August 6 at 9 a.m., join the Voter Network to learn how redistricting can impact civic engagement and how you can participate in this critical once-in-a-decade process. RSVP and Join the Conversation.

Our Faith in Democracy initiative aims to improve health by increasing civic participation.  Research highlights that the more engaged a community is in the democratic process – voting and engaging locally in policy discussions – the healthier the community. 

As a result, our vision is to ensure the democratic process in Kansas is as open and inviting as possible.

Redistricting, the once-in-10-years process of creating new districts from which we elect our representatives in Congress, the State Legislature, and local governing bodies (city council, county commission, school board), plays a critical role in ensuring each person is represented equally (one person, one vote) and that communities with similar interests have a voice in policymaking.

Next week, Kansas legislators who are leading the redistricting effort are hosting a listening tour at communities throughout the state and we wanted to share information with you to equip you to participate in the process if you’re interested.

Our Faith in Democracy Program partners at the Voter Network have partnered with groups like the League of Women Voters to develop important background information to help you understand the redistricting process in Kansas and provide tools for how you can be engaged in the process to ensure redistricting results in the best and fairest districts being created, based on input from the people who reside in them. To access the tools,  visit https://www.ksfairmaps.org/ and to register for the August 6 webinar on redistricting and the role you can play, please RSVP here.

Redistricting will play a central role in determining civic engagement and health over the next decade. Details on the redistricting listening tour can be found here and the schedule is below. We hope you can participate in Friday’s webinar

Please be in touch with questions or if we can be of assistance.

Monday, Aug. 9

  • Manhattan — 9 to 10:15 a.m., Kansas State University Student Union Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 918 N Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • Salina — 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Kansas State University Polytechnic College Center, Conference Room, 2310 Centennial Rd.
  • Hays — 6 to 7:15 p.m., Fort Hays State University Memorial Union, Room 212, 700 College Drive.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

  • Colby — 9 to 10:15 a.m., Colby Community College Cultural Arts Center, 1255 S Range Ave.
  • Garden City — 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Garden City Community College Tedrow Student Center, Endowment Room, 801 Campus Dr.
  • Dodge City — 6 to 7:15 p.m., Dodge City Public Library, Lois Flanagan Room, 1001 N 2nd Ave.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

  • Hutchinson — 9 to 10:15 a.m., Hutchinson Community College Stringer Fine Arts Center, Warner Recital Hall, 1300 N Plum St.
  • Wichita — 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex, 1845 Fairmount St.
  • Chanute — 6 to 7:15 p.m., Neosho Community College, Room 209, Student Union, 800 W 14th St.

Thursday, Aug. 12

  • Pittsburg — 9 to 10:15 a.m., Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine St.
  • Overland Park — 1:45 to 3 p.m., Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St.
  • Kansas City – 6 to 7:15 p.m., Kansas City Kansas Community College, Upper Level, Jewell Hall, 7250 State Ave.

Friday, Aug. 13

  • Leavenworth — 9 to 10:15 a.m., Riverfront Community Center, Riverview Room, 123 Esplanade St.
  • Lawrence — 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., University of Kansas School of Business, 1654 Naismith Dr.
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