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KanCare Postpartum Coverage Extension Letter

The Health Fund and its partners have prepared a letter to send to the Robert G. Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight. Please fill out this form by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 5 for your organization to be listed on the letter urging the committee to support extending …

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Faith In Vaccines Lay Toolkit

Empathetic conversations are key for COVID-19 vaccination. The holidays are approaching again and COVID-19 cases are trending upward. Unlike last year, the COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available for ages 5 and up, as well as booster shots for all adults. Vaccination can be a difficult topic; empathy is critical for successful conversations about COVID-19 …

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ROI in Rural America: Increasing Kansans’ Access to Care

Through technical assistance, Kansas organizations received nearly $15 million in federal grants Nearly one in three Kansans live in rural and frontier communities. These communities face unique healthcare challenges, such as accessibility, lack of providers, and an aging population. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Health Fund) supports innovative, collaborative initiatives for the health and …

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As simple as ABC: Evidence-based program improves children’s heath, parental confidence

This opinion piece by Health Fund President and CEO David Jordan and Katie Schoenhoff, director of programs, originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on Tuesday, November 9. A child’s earliest years have a lifelong impact. Nearly 80% of brain development occurs by age 3. Having a healthy start affects health, educational attainment and earnings throughout …

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Journey Toward Mental Wellness

A Guide for Talking to Your Congregation: Supporting Meaningful Congregational Conversations on the Importance of Mental Wellness Mental health is a concern across the country. However, access to mental health services is not equitable. Access is often determined by income, where you live, awareness of local services, education about mental health and illness, and the …

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Statewide ABC Project Shows Promise Across Kansas and Cultures

The 10-week early childhood home visiting program results are promising in Kansas: healthier children, more confident caregivers, and stronger families Can a 10-week home visiting program for caregivers of infants and toddlers result in healthier Kansas children? The results from a three-year-long initiative say yes. From May 2017 through April 2020, the Kansas ABC Early …

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Jordan Named Rural Health Fellow

NRHA announces 2022 Rural Health Fellows. This press release was originally issued by the National Rural Health Association on October 29, 2021. The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the final selections for the 2022 class of Rural Health Fellows. After a competitive review process, 17 fellows were selected to participate in …

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Good Neighbor Experiment

Applications due: December 17 for next cohorts starting in January 2022.The in-person cohort in Kansas City begins January 22. | The virtual cohort begins January 29. The Health Fund is excited to partner with NeighboringMovement.org and the Lilly Endowment to offer Great Plains United Methodist Churches a special opportunity for current or new signup Healthy …

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Kansas child care needs more than a Band-Aid

This opinion piece by Health Fund President and CEO David Jordan and Kelly Davydov, president and CEO of Child Care Aware of Kansas, originally appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, October 24. Every Kansas child deserves quality early learning experiences to improve school readiness and ensure student success. Unfortunately, access to high-quality child care …

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Women & Children First

Addressing maternal and child health disparities in Kansas This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of Kansas Child magazine. All Kansans should get to live in communities where good schools, healthy environments, safe homes, quality jobs, and access to health care and high-quality goods and services …

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