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Healthy Congregations – Neighboring Movement

The Feb. 19, 2019 Healthy Congregations Learning Community Webinar featured Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matt Johnson of NeighboringMovement.org discussing their work and the new Good Neighbor Experiment opportunity for Healthy Congregations teams. Healthy Congregations teams and all Great Plains United Methodist Churches: view the webinar recording below and/or download the presentation slides here. Most people intuitively …

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Health Fund Celebrates $70M in Grantmaking

In 1986, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund started with a $30 million endowment established from the sale of Wesley Hospital. Since that time, the Health Fund has turned that investment into more than $70 million in grants to improve the health and wholeness of Kansans. The Health Fund, which serves the state of Kansas …

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Health care: Alternative solutions sought in rural Kansas

The announcement earlier this year that Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott would close by the end of the year was a surprise and shock to the community, which will lose several hundred jobs and more than a century of community health care legacy. But it was not necessarily unexpected to those in the industry. Many …

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Trouble Paying Medical Bills? Large Survey Shows It’s Common in Kansas and Missouri

BY ANDY MARSO amarso@kcstar.com While traveling through Kansas talking about health care, David Jordan has heard story after story about people drowning in a sea of medical bills they can’t pay. So Jordan, the president of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, said he wasn’t surprised when one of the largest surveys of Missouri and …

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New study finds large number of Kansans living with medical debt

MD News February/March 2018, Greater Kansas Edition Consumer survey provides rich data on the magnitude of states’ access problems RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— With stakeholders concerned about rising costs and access to health care, a new study finds that roughly one-quarter of adults (ages 19 to 64) in both Kansas and Missouri, and one-third of children in …

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Kearny County Hospital Awarded 2017 Gilbreath Award

Kearny County Hospital Pioneer Care Advocacy Team 2017 Recipient Janet Sevier Gilbreath Special Project Recognition Award Kearny County Hospital and Rural Health Clinic draw patients from a 12-county area across southwest Kansas and western Colorado, an area with populations comprising at least 22 nationalities. The organization’s unique, mission-related recruiting practices have enabled it to expand …

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After 30 years, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has second president

By Amy Geiszler-Jones For the first time in its history, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has had a leadership change. Kim Moore, the fund’s first president, retired at the end of January. David Jordan, former executive director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, is the new president. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund …

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About the Janet Sevier Gilbreath Awards

Each year, the Health Fund’s Board of Directors selects one outstanding project from among all current funded projects to receive the Janet Sevier Gilbreath Special Project Recognition Award, named in honor of our first Board Chairperson. At the time of Janet Sevier Gilbreath’s retirement in 1988 as the first Chairperson of the United Methodist Health …

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