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The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy 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:

12/10/2014

December 10, 2014 (WICHITA) – The annual America’s Health Rankings report today ranked Kansas the 27th healthiest state in the nation, falling from our peak at 8th healthiest in 1991. Kansas’ ranking dropped in 19 of the total 30 measures in the report and experienced a double-digit drop in rankings (falling behind 10+ states) in measures such as cancer deaths, children living in poverty, cardiovascular deaths and more.

"These aren'...

11/12/2014

WICHITA, KAN – Exposure to healthy habits at a young age can have an enormous impact on lifelong achievement, and school-family collaboration is necessary for the health-promoting behaviors kids need to succeed. But according to a new survey of more than 400 Kansas parents, most are not aware of opportunities to help create healthy school environments. In fact, 86 percent of parents are hungry for more information about school wellness practices, and nearly 40 percent want to be involved in...

11/11/2014

Kansas Health Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy

Wichita, KAN ─ During the week of Nov. 12-18, the Kansas Health Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic...

09/09/2014

WICHITA, KAN -- Thousands of Kansas parents have been prescribed some of the most important medicine of their children’s young lives without even a visit to the pharmacy.

It’s not a pill or liquid. No needles are required. At more than 75 sites across the state, children 6 months to 5 years have been prescribed an age-appropriate book to read together with their parents through the Turn a page. Touch a Mind® (TAP-TAM) program managed by the Kansas Pediatric Foundation (KPF). This year...

08/22/2014

Following the release of the draft "50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas" report, and the subsequent call for feedback on the plan, Kansas Health Foundation President and CEO Steve Coen authored a letter to the co-chairs of the Kansas Water Vision Team (Tracy Streeter of the Kansas Water Office and Jackie McClaskey of the Kansas Department of Agriculture) urging them to strongly consider public health as an important feature of any final plan. The complete text of Coen's...

07/24/2014

WICHITA, KAN – This week, two new board of directors joined the Kansas Health Foundation board and two directors came off the board:

  • Rev. Claudia Bakely, Flint Hills District Superintendent for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church (July 2014 – present)
  • Junetta Everett, Vice President of Professional Relations for Delta Dental (July 2014 – present)
  • Rev. Gary Brooks, Senior Pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and former...
06/04/2014

WICHITA, KAN. - Through its spring 2014 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided approximately $1.2 million in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 66 projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.

Recognition Grants expand KHF’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state and are targeted toward organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit...

05/12/2014

WICHITA, Kan. – In continuing its efforts to support healthy living among Kansans, the Kansas Health Foundation (www.kansashealth.org) has awarded a total of nearly $2 million in grants to 22 organizations working to improve healthy eating, active living and tobacco prevention in the state.

The grantees—including universities, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and municipalities—received funding through a competitive...

03/26/2014

WICHITA, KAN.—Twenty-six community garden projects from around the state of Kansas have been chosen as grant recipients through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. In all, approximately $123,000 in grant funds will be distributed during 2014, the final year of this three-year initiative.

Community gardens receiving funding include:

  • CCC Community Garden (Olathe), $5,000...
12/09/2013

WICHITA, KAN. - Through its fall 2013 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided more than $900,000 in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 51 projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.

Recognition Grants expand the Foundation's support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state and are targeted toward organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit...

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