News and Resources

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

Healthy Congregations 2020 Improvements Webinar

Drawing on conversations with team leaders, surveys of all Healthy Congregations teams last fall, and extensive collaboration between staff and program partners, we’ve been hard at work on improving and streamlining the Healthy Congregations program – and we’re excited to introduce the 2020 program changes. This webinar outlines both the program benefits which will continue, …

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Healthy Congregations & COVID-19

As we work to support the needs of our communities, we realize one of our great strengths is to be able to partner with nearly 100 active United Methodist Congregations that participate in our Healthy Congregations Program.  We are excited to work to provide financial and technical assistance to Health Congregations members as they respond …

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Good Neighbor Experiment

Update April 2020: We asked our friends at the Neighboring Movement to share their thoughts on ways to be a good neighbor in this time of social distancing – they have some great tips in the video below. The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life to offer a special opportunity …

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We’re Counting on You!

Happy Census Day! While we are focused on keeping our families, friends, and communities safe during the COVID-19 crisis, I wanted to take the time to highlight how important it is to fulfill our constitutional obligation to complete the 2020 Census. The Census is a once-a-decade population and housing count of all 50 states, the …

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Healthy Congregations Retreat Cancelled

April 16 update: Healthy Congregations COVID-19 Response Grants available Health Fund staff and directors have been closely monitoring the rapidly developing situation with the spread of novel coronavirus and increasing incidence of COVID-19.  With protecting the health of our participants foremost in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Healthy Congregations …

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HC Webinar: Census 2020

Our February 11, 2020 Healthy Congregations Learning Community webinar features Blanca Soto, Southwest Kansas Campaign Director, covering Why the Census Matters: Ensuring Everyone is Counted. The webinar also highlights special HC grant opportunities and program updates. The recording is available below. Presentation slides: 2-11-2020 Webinar. Every 10 years, the Census Bureau takes a count of …

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August Proclaimed Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Press Release from KDHE, August 2, 2019 Governor Kelly Proclaims August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” TOPEKA – At an official signing ceremony, Governor Laura Kelly proclaimed August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” in Kansas. This proclamation recognizes the importance of breastfeeding for the health and wellbeing of Kansans. “We are extremely pleased with Governor Kelly’s proclamation which highlights …

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Bike Share in a Box

In partnership with Thrive Allen County, the Health Fund is excited to introduce a new special opportunity for Healthy Congregations churches to work with their rural communities to establish a free bike share program supporting active living and transportation. View a webinar about this opportunity below – slides available for download here. Eligibility Criteria Must …

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2019 Healthy Congregations Retreat

Registration for the 2020 Healthy Congregations Retreat is now open! Join us at Rock Springs April 23, 24, & 25 for this 19th annual event focused on health and health ministry. This year’s theme is Strengthening Families, Congregations, and Communities. The 18th annual Healthy Congregations Retreat, with a theme of Building a Healthier Tomorrow Together, brought nearly 110 participants …

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Stormont Vail Health Receives Project of the Year Award

Stormont Vail Health received the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund’s 2018 Janet Sevier Gilbreath Special Project Recognition Award for its Integrating Community Prenatal Breastfeeding Support project at a May 7 celebration in Hutchinson. The award, in honor of the Fund’s first Board chair, is presented each year to one outstanding project selected by the Board of Directors from among …

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