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Whose Job is It, Anyway?

Partners,

Hello! I hope this finds you well. I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and welcome you to this new outlet for dialogue and connection.

My goal for this blog space is to share—and invite others to share—whatever relevant topics of health promotion, prevention, treatment, recovery science and theory, and thoughts and opinions are on your heart and mind in a way that matters.

I am entering this space fully aware that I have this awesome new job with a great deal of responsibility for developing and strengthening Kansas’ adapting behavioral health promotion and prevention system. The reality is that we all have a responsibility to create safe environments for our children, cultivate honest, judgment-free conversations about health, and ensure that everyone within our community has the tools necessary to live happy, well-adjusted lives. I am grateful to share this responsibility with incredible communities in Kansas. You are working hard to improve the lives of those in your communities. Thanks for letting us be part of that.

Although this is no small job, together we can make it simpler for everyone involved. The following metaphorical story will be familiar, but it’s worth repeating. The story commonly goes something like this:

There are four people in a community, and they were named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was a vital job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would take care of it. While Anybody could have done this job, Nobody did it. Somebody got very angry about that, because Somebody knew it was Everybody’s job, and a job too important for Nobody to take on. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody knew that Everybody wouldn’t do it. So, it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

We are the Everybodies, Somebodies, and Anybodies taking action to improve our communities. We support the exhausted soon-to-be mother, the child who doesn’t fit in or have any friends, the teen who feels weird and rejected, the father who is hiding insecurity, the grandparent who wants to change this hurtful world, the person who thinks they have nothing unless they fight for it and the one who has so much worth and power to lose and can’t risk seeming vulnerable in any way. They are afraid they’re more trouble than they’re worth. They feel lonely and helpless. They can’t see solutions because of the size of their problems. We know these people. We are these people. And none of us are alone.

So today let’s make this world a little better for someone. Express gratitude freely. Be liberal with your encouragement. Listen with the intent to understand. Together we can create the world we all need so badly.

I am incredibly humbled and honored to be entering this space with you. Let’s connect, use the best of our resources, and do something good. Together we are co-writing the next chapter of behavioral health promotion and prevention systems, both in our communities and throughout the state of Kansas. It is going to be a good chapter, and it has the potential to shape the future in amazing ways.

Thank YOU. Thank you for reading and sharing. Thank you for making this world a little better for me. It is because of your dedication and tireless work in your communities that I have been inspired to act and have so much hope in the power of our connection.

I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with you.

Respectfully,

Chad Childs
Prevention Systems Project Coordinator
Wichita State University – Community Engagement Institute