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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 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...


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...

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.



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...


The following is an official statement, released by Kansas Health Foundation President and CEO Steve Coen, in regards to a new report, titled "Retreat is Not an Option for Kansas," which states Obesity is the leading medical reason why young adults in Kansas are unable to serve in today’s military.

"Time and time again, we’ve heard how our nation’s children suffer from a lack of physical activity and nutritious meals. Children are developing high blood pressure and diabetes...


WICHITA, KAN. - Five community organizations in Kansas have been awarded grants of $250,000 each through the Community Engagement Initiative to support resident-led efforts to improve health.

Recipients of the Community Engagement Initiative grants include Communities Creating Opportunities, based in Kansas City; Thrive Allen County; United Way of Greater Topeka; United Way of Reno County; and the Wichita State University Foundation.

Recognizing that communities—and the local...


The following is an official statement, released by the Kansas Health Foundation President and CEO Steve Coen, in regards to the June 25, 2015, Supreme Court decision King v. Burwell, related to the federal subsidies piece of the Affordable Care Act.

"The Kansas Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of Kansans, and we’re supportive of the United States Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell to continue federal subsidies for health insurance plans. With this...


WICHITA, KAN. - Through its spring 2015 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided more than $1.1 million in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 58 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 within...


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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