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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:

01/28/2016

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

Contact: Cari Westhoff, Kansas Health Foundation, 316-491-8414, cwesthoff@khf.org

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...

01/25/2016

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...

12/09/2015

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...

12/07/2015

CONTACT:
Cari Westhoff
Kansas Health Foundation
cwesthoff@khf.org
316-491-8455

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...

12/02/2015

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...

11/30/2015

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.

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10/07/2015

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...

08/07/2015

WICHITA, Kan. – With a goal of increasing initiation and duration rates of breastfeeding throughout the state, 10 Kansas organizations and agencies have received funding totaling approximately $1 million through the Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative, a partnership of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (UMHMF).

Organizations receiving funding include:

  • Health Partnership Clinic, $100,000
  • Kansas...
08/04/2015

The following letter was authored by KHF President and CEO Steve Coen and submitted to publications in Sedgwick County. Coen urges Sedgwick County Commissioners to not cut funding for public health programs, which provide a valuable community service and save lives.

Far too often, discussions of health and wellness begin and end with a focus on health care. We talk about changes in health insurance, advances in health care technology and new patient care models.

Yet...

07/30/2015

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 with access to clean, safe drinking water.

The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) is accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) to fund organizations that will improve health outcomes by improving Kansans’ access to clean, safe drinking water. With the Improving Public Health Through Access to and...

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