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

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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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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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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