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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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The following is a statement by KHF President and CEO Steve Coen regarding the information contained in the Kansas Health Institute’s Annual Insurance Update.

Recently, the Kansas Health Institute released its Annual Insurance Update report, which this year contains reporting information from 2014. That year marked an important milestone in health insurance and health care for Kansas and our entire nation. It was the first year of full implementation of the insurance...


WICHITA, KAN. – The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) made a $50,000 contribution to the Emporia Community Foundation to help provide aid to the victims affected by the Eureka tornado July 7.

The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department reported many areas received tornado damage, including the nursing home, many residences, and businesses.

“When our fellow Kansans are in need, we want to step up and help any way we can,” said Steve Coen, Kansas Health Foundation...


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

WICHITA, KAN. – Kristi Zukovich joined the Kansas Health Foundation as Vice President for Communications on June 27.

Most recently, Zukovich was the director of communications and community initiatives for Sedgwick County where she served as the strategic advisor to the county manager, commissioners, and...


WICHITA, KAN. – A new survey from renowned pollster and trend analyst John Zogby breaks down the opinions of Kansans on state-level policy issues, federal political races and predicted voting behavior for the upcoming election cycle.

The data, which Zogby released during a speech at the Kansas Health Foundation Symposium, shows eight in 10 Kansans surveyed reporting they plan to vote in the upcoming election cycle for both national and local races.

In terms of...


WICHITA, KAN. – The Kansas Health Foundation and the Kansas African American Museum are joining with other local partners in an effort to commemorate the 1958 youth-led lunch counter sit-in at the Dockum Drugstore.

This effort was made public at the Kansas Health Foundation Symposium, when KHF CEO Steve Coen presented a $50,000 grant to Mark McCormick, executive director of the Kansas African American Museum.

“This act of courage in 1958 is the perfect example of what can...


WICHITA, KAN. – The Kansas Health Foundation is hosting several nationally recognized speakers during the 2016 Health Symposium June 9-10 at the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita.

KHF is based in Wichita, but is statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work, and play.

During the symposium, titled “Reshaping Our Reality,” the Foundation will continue the...


MEDIA CONTACT: Cari Westhoff, or 316-491-8414.

WICHITA, KAN. - Through its spring 2016 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided $1,055,742.77 in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 53 projects to help improve the health of Kansans.

Recognition Grants expand KHF’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state and are targeted toward...


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...


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