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

Postpartum coverage extension is great news for Kansas families

Through its new budget, Kansas is taking an important step in improving maternal and infant health outcomes. Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed the new budget bill which contains funding for extending postpartum KanCare (Medicaid) coverage from 60 days to 12 months.  More than 30% of Kansas births are covered by KanCare. Extending postpartum coverage will …

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Wrapped in God’s Embrace: Maternal Health, Flourishing, and Building Communities of Care

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Health Fund) is pleased to release a maternal health sermon guide. The Health Fund is committed to supporting the health and wholeness of all Kansans, including mothers. Maternal health intersects with two of our priority focus areas: Access to Care and Early Childhood Development. Maternal and child health are …

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2022 High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier recognition

Breastfeeding plays a crucial role in the overall health of babies and mothers and demonstrates hospitals’ commitment to improving infant and maternal health. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, through its High 5 for Mom & Baby program, is committed to promoting breastfeeding best practices and to supporting hospitals’ efforts to ensure their staff are …

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2022 High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition

Breastfeeding plays a crucial role in the overall health of babies and mothers and demonstrates hospitals’ commitment to improving infant and maternal health. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, through its High 5 for Mom & Baby program, is committed to promoting breastfeeding best practices and to supporting hospitals’ efforts to ensure their staff are …

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Kansas tax policy and federal funding recommendations

Fiscal policy changes can begin to make Kansas more racially equitable: examining recommendations from the governor’s commission This commentary originally ran in the Kansas Reflector on March 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 …

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Webinar: Community Health Workers – Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities

The American health care system is expensive and difficult for patients to navigate. Even insured patients worry about the costs of care. Most patients believe providers should consider if social determinants of health are impacting patients’ health, such as concerns regarding food, housing or transportation. Community health workers (CHWs) address patient health care struggles and …

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Improving Racial Equity in Kansas

A Three-Part Series Examining the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice’s Final Recommendations Following months of discussions with community members and stakeholders, the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice developed recommendations to address racial equity in Kansas by focusing on social determinants of health, particularly looking at factors that influence the economic, educational, and …

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Expanding KanCare would strengthen rural health care, rural communities

This commentary by Health Fund President David Jordan on strengthening rural health care through KanCare expansion originally appeared in the Wichita Eagle on March 9 apoteketreceptfritt.com , 2022. Kansas is a rural state with nearly one-third of the population living in rural communities. As Kansans we take pride in self-reliance and taking care of our …

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Kansas criminal justice recommendations

How Kansans can address racial equity in their criminal justice system: examining recommendations from the governor’s commission This commentary originally ran in the Kansas Reflector on March 8, 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 …

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In Support of Postpartum Coverage

We support and invest in early childhood initiatives because research shows investing early creates the best health outcomes and the greatest return on investment. To ensure the healthiest start for Kansas kids, we also support policies that lead to healthier parents and healthier families. Health Fund President David Jordan recently submitted testimony to both the …

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