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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.

To be effective, we must focus our work. The Kansas Health Foundation is committed to supporting strategies that will make Kansas a healthier place in the long run instead of funding temporary fixes for immediate health problems. Our five focus areas are:

View the Foundation's latest news below:


WICHITA, Kan. – In continuing its efforts to support healthy living among Kansans, the Kansas Health Foundation ( 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...


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...

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...


Wichita, Kan. – Blythe Thomas has joined the Kansas Health Foundation as its vice president for communication.

Thomas, a Wichita area native, most recently served as international director of marketing and public relations for the The Nature Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

“We searched nationwide to find the right person who has diverse experience, a calling to...


After 10 years of service, including the past three as chair, Bill Docking is transitioning off of the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors.

“It has been an honor to serve as a board member for this innovative and forward-thinking organization,” Docking said. “Improving the health of all Kansans has always been important to me, and for the past decade I’ve been privileged to work with the Foundation’s staff to accomplish that very mission.”

During his decade-long board...


WICHITA, KAN -- Shawnee County Commissioner and Chairwoman Shelly Buhler, Rossville, has been elected as chair of the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors. Buhler, who has been on the Foundation’s Board since 2006, will serve a three-year term as chair.

“I am extremely humbled and proud to serve as the chair of the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors,” Buhler said. “The amazing impact that the Foundation has had on Kansas will be remembered for generations to come. The...


WICHITA, KAN -- Jeffry L. Jack, District Court Judge in Labette County and Parsons resident, has joined the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to be elected to the Board of the Kansas Health Foundation,” Jack said. “I am excited to be part of an organization that leverages its resources in innovative ways to improve the health of Kansans.”

Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Judge Jack’s diverse background included time in a private law practice,...


WICHITA, Kan. – In an effort to strengthen and enhance the level of preventive services available at safety net clinics in Kansas, the Kansas Health Foundation has awarded grant funding to 15 clinics throughout the state totaling $235,000.

“Safety net clinics in our state do a tremendous job of providing care under challenging circumstances,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “Through this grant funding, we are pleased to partner with these clinics...


WICHITA, KAN.—The Kansas Health Foundation is now accepting applications for its fall 2013 cycle of the Recognition Grants program. The grant program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support...


WICHITA, KAN. – Twelve Kansas communities have been awarded implementation grants through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Through this initiative, the Foundation is partnering with communities to promote ways to encourage people to eat healthier foods and to be more physically active, as well as to make entire communities healthier places to live.

Communities in the following counties will benefit from the implementation grants, which are worth up to $75...


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