News and Resources

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

Healthy Congregations & COVID-19

As we work to support the needs of our communities, we realize one of our great strengths is to be able to partner with nearly 100 active United Methodist Congregations that participate in our Healthy Congregations Program.  We are excited to work to provide financial and technical assistance to Healthy Congregations members as they respond …

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Good Neighbor Experiment

Applications due: TBDApplication form For more about GNE and to sign up for the next 2021 cohort, visit https://neighboringmovement.org/goodneighborexperiment. The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org by SoCe Life to offer a special opportunity for current or new signup Healthy Congregations teams to participate in the The Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE) at no …

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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 Cancelled

April 16 update: Healthy Congregations COVID-19 Response Grants available 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 cancel the 2020 Healthy Congregations …

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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

Applications due: ongoingApplication details: see below 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 …

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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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