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

Intersections of Faith and Health

Going Beyond Our Walls to Build Healthier Communities November 18, 9 am – 4 pm | Hilton Garden Inn, 3320 S. 9th, Salina, KS Please mark your calendars to save the date – come back for updates as the program is finalized. Designed for participants from the faith community, public health, health professionals, and community …

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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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Kim Moore Award for Visionary Leadership

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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Good Neighbor Experiment

The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life to offer a special opportunity for Healthy Congregations teams to participate in a cohort of The Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE). 34 people participated in the first workshop of the 2019 GNE Healthy Congregations cohort was held July 13 in Concordia. Churches participating in …

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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

The 18th annual Healthy Congregations Retreat, with a theme of Building a Healthier Tomorrow Together, brought nearly 110 participants to Rock Springs in late April to explore new ways Great Plains United Methodist churches can facilitate congregation-led community projects aimed at improving health – both directly and by addressing key underlying factors. Dr. Kate Kingery, Deputy Director, Community Transformation, …

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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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Maximizing Medicaid for Kansas Kids

A new brief from KAC and UMHMF looks at how focusing on our children’s health from their earliest days provides not only the best lifetime health outcomes but also an incredible return on investment. From access to prenatal care, to a baby’s first encounters with a doctor, Kansas’ Medicaid program provides for powerful opportunities to …

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