Connected Community, Healthy Community: Sarah Smarsh

May 14 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Wool Market & DIY School
420 N. Main St.
Hutchinson, KS 67501
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Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Connected Community, Healthy Community Speaker & Discussion Series from Heal Reno County featuring three speakers addressing community health, from the social determinants of health to life expectancy to community engagement. The events are free and open to the public at The Wool Market & DIY School, 420 N. Main in Hutchinson, but seating is limited. 

Our second speaker, Sarah Smarsh, will draw from her 2018 book "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" to discuss her upbringing among the working poor in South-Central Kansas and the relationship between our health outcomes and the environment we live in. Following her talk, we will discuss Smarsh's research and experience in relation to the US Census life expectancy data on Reno County that was released in 2018.

About Sarah Smarsh: Sarah Smarsh has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Texas Observer, Pacific Standard, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many other publications. Her bestselling 2018 book Heartland, about her upbringing on a Kansas farm, was a finalist for the National Book Award. A 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh is a frequent speaker on economic inequality and rural issues and she lives in Kansas. 

Funding for this series was made possible by the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas initiative from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The views expressed in written conference materials do not necessarily reflect the official policies of BCBSKS or BCBSA; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices; or organizations imply endorsement by either organization.