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

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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Good Neighbor Experiment

The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life to offer an opportunity for up to 10 (current or new signup) Healthy Congregations teams to participate in a cohort of The Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE). Read on to learn more, and sign up below. “What if loving our actual neighbors could change …

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Health Fund Celebrates $70M in Grantmaking

In 1986, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund started with a $30 million endowment established from the sale of Wesley Hospital. Since that time, the Health Fund has turned that investment into more than $70 million in grants to improve the health and wholeness of Kansans. The Health Fund, which serves the state of Kansas …

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Health care: Alternative solutions sought in rural Kansas

The announcement earlier this year that Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott would close by the end of the year was a surprise and shock to the community, which will lose several hundred jobs and more than a century of community health care legacy. But it was not necessarily unexpected to those in the industry. Many …

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Trouble Paying Medical Bills? Large Survey Shows It’s Common in Kansas and Missouri

BY ANDY MARSO amarso@kcstar.com While traveling through Kansas talking about health care, David Jordan has heard story after story about people drowning in a sea of medical bills they can’t pay. So Jordan, the president of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, said he wasn’t surprised when one of the largest surveys of Missouri and …

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New study finds large number of Kansans living with medical debt

MD News February/March 2018, Greater Kansas Edition Consumer survey provides rich data on the magnitude of states’ access problems RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— With stakeholders concerned about rising costs and access to health care, a new study finds that roughly one-quarter of adults (ages 19 to 64) in both Kansas and Missouri, and one-third of children in …

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