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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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Good Neighbor Experiment 2023 Preview Zoom, February 16

Interested in building deeper relationships in your church, neighborhood, and community? The Good Neighbor Experiment might be the perfect fit for you! Join GNE staff for an informational Zoom on Thursday, February 16th at 12 PM CST and preview the next online cohort starting in Mid-April. Register today! For more information about how Great Plains …

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Good Neighbor Experiment

Applications due: The next virtual cohort begins in April 2023. The Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE) is a cohort-based learning process for congregations who wish to engage their community as neighbors. GNE is rooted in the practices of Asset-Based Community Development and the Christian Faith. The material has been used in congregations since 2017 and the …

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Broadband Access and Telehealth Policy Forum

Kansas workers, health providers and employers increasingly rely on broadband access for their jobs, health care and enterprises. Held December 12 in Topeka, “Broadband Access and Telehealth: Exploring Policy Approaches for Kansas” engaged state policymakers, hospital and health system leaders, insurers and rural network directors during a presentation of recent studies and program developments followed by …

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Looking ahead, here’s how we can support the health care workforce of a changing Kansas

This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on November 17, 2022, the second in a two-part series on current and emerging challenges and how Kansans are looking ahead to develop innovative solutions and ensure health care for generations to come. Health care is vital for our communities …

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How we can all nurture the health care workforce for a changing Kansas

This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on November 10, 2022, the first in a two-part series on current and emerging challenges and how Kansans are looking ahead to develop innovative solutions and ensure health care for generations to come. View part 2: Looking ahead, here’s how …

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Four Kansas community mental health centers awarded transformative grant funding

Access to behavioral health is a top concern for all Kansans. We all benefit when behavioral health services are better integrated into our health care system. For more than 30 years, Kansas has ensured that each county received safety net mental health services provided by a community mental health center. Community mental health centers have …

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

The results of four phases of telehealth research during the COVID-19 pandemic are clear. Patients, providers, and administrators expressed that telehealth increased access to care and saw benefits beyond expanding access during the pandemic. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and REACH Healthcare Foundation commissioned research on telehealth in Kansas to understand its use by …

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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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