News and Resources

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

New Poll Finds Kansas Voters Want Telehealth to Stay

New research finds that 86% of Kansans support expanding or maintaining telehealth services to access health care after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to a statewide poll of voters conducted in February. In 2020, the federal government, states, and private payers lifted previous restrictions on the use of telehealth to enable safe access to health …

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Kansas Advocates for Equity, Education and Health

All Kansas families should live in communities of opportunity, where good schools, healthy environments, safe homes, quality jobs, and access to health care, high-quality goods and services are the norm. We believe education, health care, and children being ready to learn are critical pieces for creating and supporting communities of opportunity. We also recognize that …

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Community Conversations

Virtual Discussions on the Future of Rural Health in Kansas Please join the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Kansas Health Foundation and Kansas Hospital Association for one of our six regional meetings on the future of rural health in Kansas.  Details are here: https://www.communityconversationsks.com/scheduled-events A strong health system is critical to thriving rural communities and …

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Community Health Workers in Kansas

Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities A new research report released by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund finds that integrating Community Health Workers (CHWs) into care teams results in better and more appropriate access to health care services, improves health outcomes, addresses gaps and equity issues in the health care system, and delivers strong return on …

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Kim Moore Visionary Leadership Award

2020 Recipient: Deanna Berry Executive Director, Russell Child Development Center To recognize Kansas leaders working to improve the health and well-being of Kansans and to honor the visionary leadership of our founding president, in 2018 we began presenting an annual award – the Kim Moore Visionary Leadership Award – to an individual demonstrating exceptional leadership …

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Telehealth in Kansas During COVID-19

Survey of health providers: August-September 2020 A crisis shows telehealth works; now we need to explore how to sustain services Earlier this year, in an effort to help providers and patients maintain access to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and the State of Kansas issued emergency telehealth policy changes to improve …

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Thriving Congregations

Health Fund receives five-year Lilly Endowment grant to strengthen partnerships and expand programs supporting community health ministry At the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund we work hard each day to improve the health of Kansans through strategic philanthropy guided by Christian values, which is why we’re excited to announce that we received a five-year Thriving …

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Vote, for Healthy Communities

September update: We are partnering with the Voter Network to host another virtual 2020 Election Kick-Off on Thursday, September 18th from 10-11 am. We hope you will join us and congregations around the state in learning more about how we can further this critical work. Many factors drive or determine health – how safe you …

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United Methodist Health Ministry Fund’s Commitment to Racial and Health Equity

For over thirty years the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has worked to improve the health and wholeness of Kansas through bringing together people from communities throughout Kansas and more recently, Nebraska. We value partnerships and collaboration and speaking out for the greater good, which is why it’s critical to state that that we do …

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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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