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Vice President for Programs and Policy
Jeffrey Willett oversees the development and implementation of grant and policy initiatives related to the KHF’s two program areas: health equity and civic health. He works closely with the President and CEO and executive staff to operationalize the strategic direction from KHF’s Board of Directors. Since joining the Foundation in 2012, Willett has helped KHF become more focused on efforts to address health disparities, particularly through policy and systems interventions. Recognizing our grantees are the foundation’s greatest asset, Willett has worked to streamline KHF’s grantmaking practices and establish relationships with new organizations across Kansas.
Prior to joining KHF, Willett worked for the New York State Department of Health where he directed that state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention efforts. Willett previously served as the director of research and evaluation for the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation and deputy director of programs with Resource Development Institute in Kansas City. In addition to his work in tobacco prevention and public health, Willett has extensive experience in evaluation, research, strategic communication and policy development.
A native of Nebraska, Willett has three degrees from the University of Nebraska: a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology.