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The Kansas Health Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. Our funding comes from an endowment created by the sale of Wesley Medical Center, and our asset base remains strong thanks to a dedicated team of advisers and investment managers. We do not solicit or accept donations. Instead, we seek opportunities to invest our resources in people and projects that meet our mission and create long-term, sustainable health improvements.

View the Foundation's latest news below:


Media Contact: Cari Westhoff, Kansas Health Foundation, (316) 491-8414,

WICHITA, KAN. – With more than $1.4 million, KHF will support seven organizations within the behavioral health system to shift toward being tobacco-free as well as advocate for increased coverage and usage of tobacco-dependence treatment benefits.

Smoking remains one of the leading causes of preventable death and illness in Kansas,...


Media Contact: Chase Willhite, 316-491-8455 or

WICHITA, KAN. – Five organizations from across the state have received grant funding from the Kansas Health Foundation to support efforts related to increasing voter participation during the upcoming election cycle.

Grant projects will support non-partisan voter engagement strategies designed to increase citizen participation in the 2016 elections. Organizations...


Media Contact: Chase Willhite, 316-491-8455 and

WICHITA, KAN. – From voting in local elections to volunteerism and participation in public meetings, a new report examines the strength of civic engagement and civic health in Kansas.

The Kansas Civic Health Index, a report developed in partnership between the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), demonstrates the...


Smoking remains a leading cause of preventable death and illness in Kansas

Contact: Cari Westhoff, Kansas Health Foundation, 316-491-8414,

WICHITA, KAN. – A Request for Proposals (RFP) released by the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) aims to reduce tobacco use among individuals with a serious mental illness. The smoking rate among Kansas adults experiencing a...


The following is a statement by KHF President and CEO Steve Coen regarding the bi-partisan agreement recently reached at the federal level on child nutrition programs.

Recently, our lawmakers took a huge step in working together from both sides of the aisle and reauthorizing child nutrition programs in our country. The Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously passed the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016.”

The Kansas Health Foundation is...


The six major health foundations in Kansas (Sunflower Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Wyandotte Health Foundation, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, REACH Healthcare Foundation and Kansas Health Foundation) released a report showing the expansion of KanCare would generate state budget savings and revenue gains, while insuring 150,000 Kansans. Complete information can be found by viewing the...


Cari Westhoff
Kansas Health Foundation

WICHITA, KAN. - Through its fall 2015 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided more than $685,000 in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 36 projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.

Recognition Grants expand KHF’s support to a broad range of health-related...


WICHITA, KAN. – Drinking water is critical to prevent chronic disease, preserve and improve oral health, and for cognitive development in growing children. Yet, many communities struggle to provide their residents with clean, safe drinking water. And, it may not be easily accessible to Kansans where they live, work and play.

Through the Improving Public Health Through Access to and Consumption of Water initiative, the Kansas Health Foundation is funding five...


WICHITA, KAN. – Stephen Webster has joined the Kansas Health Foundation as its new chief financial officer, replacing Evan Meyers who retired earlier this year.

Webster is a native of Memphis, Tenn., and most recently served as the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ director of finance.

As CFO at KHF, Webster will be responsible for investment portfolio administration, investment performance, accounting, financial reporting, and risk management.



The following letter was authored by KHF President and CEO Steve Coen and submitted to publications across Kansas, including the Topeka Capital Journal, where it was published on Oct. 4, 2015. Coen urges Kansans to consider Medicaid Expansion as a way to increase the percentage of Kansans with health insurance.

Yet again, Kansas is under performing when it comes to taking care of our people, and that’s devastating.

When it comes to reducing the number of uninsured in...


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