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Expanding Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Will Improve Outcomes

Testimony presented by Health Fund President David Jordan to the KanCare Oversight Committee on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Chair Hilderbrand, Vice Chair Landwehr, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment regarding maternal and child health issues in Kansas. I want to focus on the importance of extending postpartum …

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Kansans can play an important role in vaccine acceptance

As the COVID-19 delta variant spreads, many of our communities are unprepared and unprotected. While COVID-19 is trending in the wrong direction in Kansas and our hospitals are once again nearing capacity, as highlighted in a recent Kansas Reflector op-ed, we still have the ability to overcome this pandemic if we increase our vaccination rates. We …

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ABC Training Opportunity

The Health Fund is offering an opportunity for up to five Kansas home visitors to become trained and rostered in the provision of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) at no cost this fall. The training will be held virtually Oct. 11-14 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informational webinar August 25 …

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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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Political Determinants of Health: Redistricting, Civic Engagement and Health

On August 6 at 9 a.m., join the Voter Network to learn how redistricting can impact civic engagement and how you can participate in this critical once-in-a-decade process. RSVP and Join the Conversation. Our Faith in Democracy initiative aims to improve health by increasing civic participation.  Research highlights that the more engaged a community is in the …

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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

Many factors drive or determine health – how safe you feel in your community, access to parks, healthy food, high quality early learning and education, and, availability of health care providers and good paying jobs. These social factors will impact how healthy your community is and how healthy you are. Now, more than ever, health …

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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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