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Learn more about things happening at the Health Fund, and in our areas of focus

Good Neighbor Experiment

Applications due: ongoing – next online and in-person cohorts start January 2022. The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org and the Lilly Endowment to offer Great Plains United Methodist Churches a special opportunity for current or new signup Healthy Congregations (HC) teams to participate in the The Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE) at no …

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Kansas child care needs more than a Band-Aid

This opinion piece by Health Fund President and CEO David Jordan and Kelly Davydov, president and CEO of Child Care Aware of Kansas, originally appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, October 24. Every Kansas child deserves quality early learning experiences to improve school readiness and ensure student success. Unfortunately, access to high-quality child care …

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Evaluating ABC’s Impact in Kansas

Results of the three-year Kansas ABC Early Childhood Initiative are in. Funded by five foundations, the initiative hoped to expand early childhood service capacity in Kansas by promoting widespread screening for toxic stress, training more providers in the ABC intervention, and evaluating the effectiveness of integrating an evidence-based intervention into the array of early childhood …

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Women & Children First

Addressing maternal and child health disparities in Kansas This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of Kansas Child magazine. All Kansans should get to live in communities where good schools, healthy environments, safe homes, quality jobs, and access to health care and high-quality goods and services …

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Advocating for ARPA Funding: A Community Catalyst Webinar on Lessons Learned from Other States

Advocacy can inform how American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars transform your community. Learn more in this webinar recorded on Thursday, October 14 with experts from Community Catalyst. They presented their toolkit on how advocates can use ARPA funds to spur transformative change and address the unique needs of communities. Community Catalyst is a leading …

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More Than Baby Steps

Kansas Collaboration Advances Maternal Depression Screening This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on Thursday, October 14, 2021. When Anjali Kansal-Rill gave birth in 2016, things did not go as planned. Anjali had an emergency cesarean section and faced challenges with breastfeeding. One week postpartum, she didn’t …

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Understanding Kansas Child Care During COVID-19

Child Care Providers Have Experienced Additional Strain During Pandemic Every Kansas child deserves a strong start. Prior to the pandemic, Kansas child care was in crisis. Child Care Aware of Kansas reported that only three Kansas counties met or exceeded demand—97% of counties did not meet desired capacity. Low-income communities, rural communities, and communities of …

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Telehealth is Here to Stay

New Health Fund Research Reveals that Kansas Providers See Future for Telehealth After moving to temporarily expand access to telehealth early in the pandemic, its future is uncertain. A special committee will examine telehealth in preparation for the 2022 legislative session. As the Legislature begins its discussion of telehealth and its impact on Kansans, the …

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Professional Opportunity

Seeking Consultant: High 5 for Mom and Baby Coordinator Professional services are sought for the coordination of a project helping Kansas hospitals improve health outcomes through maternity care practices that support breastfeeding If interested, please send resume and cover letter to katie@healthfund.org. Project Description High 5 for Mom & Baby is a program developed with the Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup* and funded by …

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Unlocking ARPA Requirements: Grant Writing Tips with Julie Assel

Is your organization eligible for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds? Is your organization prepared to apply for the ARPA funds and grants? What types of projects qualify for funding? This webinar presented by Julie Assel will help prepare your organization to best utilize ARPA resources. The webinar slides are available here. Assel covers questions …

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