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Advocating for ARPA Funding: A Community Catalyst Webinar on Lessons Learned from Other States

Advocacy can inform how American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars transform your community. Learn more in this webinar recorded on Thursday, October 14 with experts from Community Catalyst. They presented their toolkit on how advocates can use ARPA funds to spur transformative change and address the unique needs of communities. Community Catalyst is a leading …

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More Than Baby Steps

Kansas Collaboration Advances Maternal Depression Screening This opinion piece by Health Fund President David Jordan originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector on Thursday, October 14, 2021. When Anjali Kansal-Rill gave birth in 2016, things did not go as planned. Anjali had an emergency cesarean section and faced challenges with breastfeeding. One week postpartum, she didn’t …

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Understanding Kansas Child Care During COVID-19

Child Care Providers Have Experienced Additional Strain During Pandemic Every Kansas child deserves a strong start. Prior to the pandemic, Kansas child care was in crisis. Child Care Aware of Kansas reported that only three Kansas counties met or exceeded demand—97% of counties did not meet desired capacity. Low-income communities, rural communities, and communities of …

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Telehealth is Here to Stay

New Health Fund Research Reveals that Kansas Providers See Future for Telehealth After moving to temporarily expand access to telehealth early in the pandemic, its future is uncertain. A special committee will examine telehealth in preparation for the 2022 legislative session. As the Legislature begins its discussion of telehealth and its impact on Kansans, the …

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Unlocking ARPA Requirements: Grant Writing Tips with Julie Assel

Is your organization eligible for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds? Is your organization prepared to apply for the ARPA funds and grants? What types of projects qualify for funding? This webinar presented by Julie Assel will help prepare your organization to best utilize ARPA resources. The webinar slides are available here. Assel covers questions …

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Expanding Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Will Improve Outcomes

Testimony presented by Health Fund President David Jordan to the KanCare Oversight Committee on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Chair Hilderbrand, Vice Chair Landwehr, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment regarding maternal and child health issues in Kansas. I want to focus on the importance of extending postpartum …

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Kansans can play an important role in vaccine acceptance

As the COVID-19 delta variant spreads, many of our communities are unprepared and unprotected. While COVID-19 is trending in the wrong direction in Kansas and our hospitals are once again nearing capacity, as highlighted in a recent Kansas Reflector op-ed, we still have the ability to overcome this pandemic if we increase our vaccination rates. We …

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ABC Training Opportunity

The Health Fund is offering an opportunity for up to five Kansas home visitors to become trained and rostered in the provision of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) at no cost this fall. The training will be held virtually Oct. 11-14 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informational webinar August 25 …

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2021 Kim Moore Visionary Leadership Award

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Board of Directors voted in the fall of 2017 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 …

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Political Determinants of Health: Redistricting, Civic Engagement and Health

On August 6 at 9 a.m., join the Voter Network to learn how redistricting can impact civic engagement and how you can participate in this critical once-in-a-decade process. RSVP and Join the Conversation. Our Faith in Democracy initiative aims to improve health by increasing civic participation.  Research highlights that the more engaged a community is in the …

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