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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.

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WICHITA, KAN. - More than seven out of 10 voters and public school parents in Kansas support requiring public schools to meet the national nutrition standards for school meals, according to a new survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The majority of voters and public school parents also think schools should be required to serve nutritious food options such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains with every school meal.



SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin, Ed.D., awarded the Kansas Health Consortium the Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service from SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators at its 130th National Convention & Expo in Seattle, March 17-21.

Three organizations make up the Kansas Health Consortium: the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD); Kansas Health Foundation; and Kansas State Department of Education. The group...


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Kansans for a Healthy Future (K4HF) will host a press conference at the Kansas Statehouse to release Kansans’ viewpoint on the tobacco tax proposal. The proposal would increase the cigarette tax to $1.50 per pack and increase the price of other tobacco products. Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies, will speak and answer questions regarding the key findings from a state-wide survey conducted Feb. 9-11, 2015.



Summer Meals Summit Addresses Hunger Gap for Kansas Kids


  • Denise Kahler, Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), 785-296-4876 or
  • Blythe Thomas, Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), 316-491-8419 or

WICHITA, KAN. -- More than 200 leaders (covering more than 64 percent of Kansas counties) gathered Monday at...



  • Denise Kahler, Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), 785-296-4876 or
  • Blythe Thomas, Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) 316-491-8419 or

In Kansas, nearly 1 in 4 children live in poverty. However, the Federal Summer Meals Program provides funding for communities to host sites where...


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'...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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