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

Nominations Open: 2021 Kim Moore Visionary Leadership Award

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Board of Directors voted in the fall of 2017 to honor the organization’s founding president with the establishment of the Kim Moore Award for Visionary Leadership. Each year, the Fund solicits nominations in a chosen strategic field of work and honors one individual whose leadership has had a positive …

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Prairie View Receives Project of the Year Award

We’re pleased to announce the recent presentation of our 2019 Janet Sevier Gilbreath Special Project Recognition Award to Prairie View, Inc., Newton, for its Tri-County Children’s Mental Health Project (The Children’s Project).   The award, in honor of the Fund’s first Board chair, is presented each year to one outstanding project selected by the Health …

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New online education series improves access to breastfeeding and maternity care best practices

Breastfeeding plays a crucial role in the overall health of babies and mothers and demonstrates hospitals’ and birthing centers’ commitment to improving infant and maternal health. However, one of the biggest obstacles hospitals face in working to improve maternity care and lactation support practices is staff education.  Research shows that the level of lactation education …

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Faith in Vaccines

A Guide for Talking to Your Congregation: Supporting Empathetic Congregational Conversations on COVID-19 Vaccination Widespread vaccination is the key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and enabling a return to normal life. The Health Fund supports vaccination as a safe and highly effective way to prevent diseases including COVID-19 but also recognizes that the decision to …

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Vote, for Healthy Communities

May 2021 update: We are partnering with the Voter Network to host an Introductory Webinar / Q&A Thursday, June 3 from 1-2 p.m. (RSVP here) and a 2021 Team Leader Kickoff Thursday, June 24 from noon-1 p.m. (RSVP here). We hope you will join us and congregations around the state in learning more about how …

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Health Foundations invest $1.83 million in equity, education, and health

Four Kansas nonprofit organizations have been selected as grant recipients of a new initiative to increase equity in school readiness and educational outcomes created by the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Health Fund). Recipients include Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, Storytime Village and Thrive …

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Good Neighbor Experiment

Applications due: ongoing – next virtual cohorts start August 28, 2021 & 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) …

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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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