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Job Description: Communications Officer To download this job description (pdf), click here. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@healthfund.org. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Health Fund) seeks a Communications Officer with a passion for social justice and community health to join our quest to improve the health and wholeness of Kansans. The Health Fund works to advance conversation and action …

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Telehealth in Kansas: Provider and Patient Experience During COVID-19 Cross-Study Report

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth utilization has increased and evolved. To better understand the provider and patient experience, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and REACH Healthcare Foundation commissioned research on telehealth use in Kansas. The study included a statewide survey of providers, a statewide voter poll, provider interviews, and consumer focus …

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Consumer Focus Groups Find Kansans Want Telehealth to Stay

New consumer focus group research with Kansas patients demonstrates that telehealth has increased access to care, has room for improvement, and that patients want telehealth to be a permanent option. This research reinforces results from a 2021 consumer poll of Kansas voters—participants had positive experiences with telehealth, found it to be an important option, and …

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Nominations open – Kim Moore Visionary Leadership Award

In 2017, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Board of Directors voted 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 effect on the …

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Diversifying the teacher workforce will benefit Kansas students

This commentary originally ran in the Kansas Reflector on August 30, 2022. About the authors: Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501, and Dr. Shannon Portillo, associate dean and professor at the University of Kansas, served as co-chairs of the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice; David Jordan, president and CEO of the …

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Black women breastfeed

This guest blog post was authored by Joyea Marshall-Crowley, CBS, Wichita Black Breastfeeding Coalition. In the Wichita area, we have heard from Black and brown mothers that they are not even being asked about breastfeeding as an initial feeding choice, and that their healthcare providers assume they are formula-feeding their babies. This makes it difficult …

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Mental Health First Aid training opportunities

Mental Health First Aid training is a proven and effective resource that teaches lay people how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in their community. We are excited to offer online training sessions at no cost to interested Kansans. Our spring sessions filled very quickly, demonstrating a …

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How WIC supports breastfeeding

This guest blog post was authored by Heather Peterson RDN, LD, CLC, Reno County WIC Coordinator. Every day, I look forward to going to work in WIC: we truly are the Happy, Healthy Baby People! WIC is a supplemental food program that serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children to age 5. Nearly half …

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Musings on the importance of breastfeeding and a review of current recommendations

This guest blog post was authored by Sonder Crane, MD, IBCLC, Pediatrician, Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator-Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “I think it’s time for mommy milk!” said my 5-year-old to my 2-year-old as their 1-month-old baby brother began to fuss. “Mommy milk” has always been the term for breast milk in our …

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The state of breastfeeding in Kansas

This guest blog post was authored by Brenda Bandy, IBCLC, and Jennie Toland, BSN, RN, CLC, Co-Executive Directors of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. “[…] exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way toward canceling out the health difference between being born into poverty and being born into affluence…It is almost as if breastfeeding takes the infant out …

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