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

Good Neighbor Experiment

The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life to offer a special opportunity for up to 12 current or new signup Healthy Congregations teams to participate in the 2020 cohort of The Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE) at no cost. Read more and scroll down for the signup form. Questions? Please call …

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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 *Postponed*

March 12 update: 2020 Retreat Postponed 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 postpone the 2020 Healthy Congregations Retreat (previously scheduled …

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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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The Benefits of Home Visiting

A new brief from KAC and UMHMF focuses on the many benefits of evidence-based home visiting programs in helping parents take an informed, active role in the lives of their children. Through home-based visits with trained professionals equipped with evidence-based strategies and tactics, parents gain skills and competencies essential to supporting and improving the health …

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Radio show educates on Medicaid expansion impact

Update: KS House passes KanCare expansion bill today 69-54 Hutchinson radio station KWBW host John Brennan this morning interviewed Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System President/CEO Ken Johnson, Health Fund President David Jordan, and Horizons Mental Health Center CEO Mike Garrett to explore current healthcare challenges and increase awareness and understanding of the impact Medicaid expansion would …

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