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Health Fund Board Announces David Jordan as New President

The Board of Directors of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund is pleased to welcome David Jordan as the Fund’s new President, effective in February.  Jordan is currently Executive Director of Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, where he has served since 2016.  Jordan will succeed the Fund’s first president Kim Moore, who has led the organization since 1987 and is retiring at the end of January 2018.David Jordan

“David emerged as the best individual to assume leadership of the Fund following an extensive nationwide search,” according to Max Clayton, Fund Board Chairperson.  A search committee comprised of six current and three former directors led the ten-month search process with advice from Kittleman Associates, a Chicago-based executive recruitment firm exclusively serving nonprofit organizations.

At the Alliance, Jordan oversees a coalition of more than 100 organizations dedicated to making Kansas a healthier place to live and work.  The Alliance’s top policy priority has been to expand KanCare.  Under Jordan’s leadership over the last twenty months, momentum to expand KanCare has grown and the effort passed the Legislature only to fall a few votes short of overriding a gubernatorial veto.  In his role at the Alliance, Jordan works with community-based organizations, providers, faith based groups, patient advocacy groups, members of the legislatures and health foundations. 

Prior to joining the Alliance, Jordan demonstrated a passionate commitment to improving access to health care and health equity.  Jordan served as the Dental Access Project Director for Community Catalyst, the leading national consumer health advocacy group, where he led a national campaign to expand access to dental care by adding dental therapists to the dental team.  Jordan also served as Campaign Director for Massachusetts Affordable Care Today! (MassACT!) where he directed the ballot campaign which in part led to Massachusetts’ landmark health care law (also known as Romneycare).  He also brings a wealth of experience in public policy and communications, as well as an extensive national network of colleagues, to the Fund.

“The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund’s work to improve the health of Kansas and to partner with groups to help them achieve their goals of making Kansas a better state for all its residents is well-known and recognized. I am honored and humbled to join the Fund and its strong team to continue to work to fulfil its mission to achieve a healthy Kansas,” Jordan said.

Jordan currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Suzanne Wikle, and young son.  Jordan, a native of Carver, Massachusetts, graduated from Emerson College in Boston.  Jordan is completing work on a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Kansas.

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund was formed in 1986 by the Kansas West Conference (now Great Plains Conference) of the United Methodist Church with $30 million of the proceeds from the sale of Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.  Since its founding, the Hutchinson-based Health Fund has invested more than $68 million to improve health, healing, and wholeness for all Kansans.  Current strategic focus areas include young children’s healthy social emotional development, breastfeeding support for optimal infant and maternal health, sustainable rural health systems, equitable healthcare access for all, and partnering with local churches to support intentional, effective congregational and community health ministry.