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2024 Healthy Congregations Retreat / Intersections Conference

Thank you to all who joined us in Salina – see below for resources. We hope to see you in 2025. Thursday, April 18, 2024 Designed for Great Plains United Methodists, the 2024 Healthy Congregations Retreat featured an interactive workshop Leaving a Legacy of Abundance in a Culture of Scarcity facilitated by Adam Barlow-Thompson, Executive …

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Now Hiring – Communications Officer

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 Fund works to advance conversation and action …

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With early childhood office, lawmakers can launch better lives for littlest Kansans

This opinion piece by opinion editor, Clay Wirestone of the Kansas Reflector captures a conversation with Health Fund President David Jordan and Former state representative and child care professional Monica Murnan. This piece originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on March 18, 2024. The first five years of a child’s life are vital for growth and development. Yet services for …

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Concerns shared about mental health, child care and workforce in rural Kansas conversations

This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan and Thrive Kansas CEO Lisse Regehr originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on March 5, 2024. This is the second part in a two-part series. Late last year, we traveled to rural communities in every corner of Kansas to have conversations about the future of rural health. The robust conversations …

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Community conversations highlight vital role of health care in Kansas’ rural areas

This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan and Thrive Kansas CEO Lisse Regehr originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on January 23, 2024 and is the first of a two-part series. Part 2, published on March 5, is available here. Rural Kansas communities are critical to the future of our state. We know that for …

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Statement on 2024 KanCare Expansion Proposal

“Expanding Medicaid will bring down health care costs for all Kansans. Most importantly, it will provide health coverage to 150,000 Kansans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little get subsidized coverage on the health care marketplace. Expanding Medicaid will protect Kansas hospitals, create jobs, and strengthen our communities. We applaud Governor Kelly for her continued commitment and tireless work to expand Medicaid. Failure to expand Medicaid has resulted in Kansas losing nearly $7 billion. It’s time to expand Medicaid.

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ABC Training Opportunity

The Health Fund is funding an opportunity for Kansas home visitors to become trained and rostered in the provision of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) at no cost. The trainings will be held virtually in 2024. Social-emotional development in young children is a critical factor related to later life outcomes such as school success, social …

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High Speed Broadband Access: A Super Determinant of Health

At the Health Fund, we support programs and measures that help to end the gap in access for Kansans and are excited to support Governor Kelly’s Kansas Digital Equity Plan which seeks to boost broadband access throughout Kansas. Recently, we offered supportive public comments to the Kansas Office of Broadband Development. To read our comments …

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Community Conversations on Rural Health Care and Medicaid Expansion

Join us at a regional rally featuring Kansas health resources and conversations on the future of health care in our communities. Each rally will include: A strong health system is critical to the future of rural Kansas communities. As Kansas and health care changes, and more Kansans become uninsured, our health systems and communities face …

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Digital Inclusion is Vital to a Healthy Kansas

Access to high-speed internet isn’t a luxury. It is a necessity. Being connected impacts personal and community health, economic opportunity and well-being. It is a means to providing enhanced personal and societal well-being and accessing good jobs that rely on digital tools. Online connectivity is critical to Kansans ability to access human services such as …

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