Kansas Health Foundation awards $1.4 million to improve health across the state

November 10, 2017

Media Contact Ashley Booker, 316-491-8414

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) has recently awarded more than $1.4 million to 61 Kansas organizations for capacity-building support and health-improvement projects through the Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) Initiative.

KHF funded 24 organizations through the ICG Initiative earlier this year, bringing a total of $2 million to 85 nonprofits in 2017.

“We’re continuing to focus grants toward our four impact areas – access to care, healthy behaviors, civic/community engagement and educational achievement – and believe it’s important to increase capacity of organizations focused on improving health in Kansas,” said Steve Coen, KHF president & CEO.

The grantees listed below received funding in the second half of 2017. Click here to learn more about the 24 organizations selected in the first half of the year.

Grantees working to improve access to health care

Envision Foundation, Inc. – $25,000: To form a coalition to increase access to vision health care.

Headquarters, Inc. – $25,000: To support suicide prevention education for providers serving high-risk populations.

Health Care Access, Inc., Lawrence – $25,000: Implement a registered nurse case manager model.

Kansas University Endowment Association – $25,000: To support hiring a recruiter to place behavioral health professionals in areas of need.

Tri-Agency Intervention Inc. dba Liberal Area Coalition for Families – $25,000: To implement a bi-lingual prenatal class.

Episcopal Social Services, Wichita – $24,844: To develop organizational assessment, marketing and strategic plan.

Union Rescue Mission of Wichita, Inc. – $22,322: To conduct a needs assessment and community response plan.

Grantees working to improve healthy behaviors

MAKIN’ MOVES 4ward Fitness, Inc., Topeka – $25,000: To support a physical activity program geared towards black women.

Van Go, Inc., Lawrence – $22,486: To implement wellness coaching into after-school and summer programs.

USD 266 Maize Public Schools – $19,668: To support a new program to improve reading while increasing physical activity.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church, Wichita, – $15,758: To support health and wellness ministry’s work addressing African American infant mortality and smoking rates.

Grantees working to increase civic and community engagement

Ashland Community Foundation – $25,000: Support events and strategies addressing 2016 wildfire challenges.

Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc. – $25,000: To host school board candidate forums, and educate candidates and public.

Kansas City Consensus – $25,000: Program support to increase young adult voters.

Peace and Social Justice Education Fund, Wichita – $25,000: Voting initiative support.

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equality, Riley County – $25,000: Initiate voter engagement program.

Kansas State University – Center for Engagement and Community Development – $24,961: To support housing studies and community engagement.

City of Wichita – $24,935: To support the Civic Engagement Academy.

Kansas African American Affairs Commission – Office of the Governor – $24,750: Strategic plan development.

MOCSA Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Kansas City – $24,103: Provide special training to organizations and partners.

Grantees working to increase capacity

Arc of Sedgwick County, Inc. – $25,000: To improve marketing and fundraising materials.

After the Harvest, Kansas City – $25,000: To support an enhanced website.

BikeWalkKC – $25,000: Increase technology capacity.

Bike Walk Wichita, Inc., – $25,000: Entice residents to bike and walk more.

Catholic Diocese of Salina – $25,000: Staff training to increase capacity.

Connections to Success, Kansas City – $25,000: Improve its website and implement marketing strategies.

Cultivate Kansas City – $25,000: To support technology improvements.

Douglas County Child Development Association – $25,000: To hire a professional fundraiser and marketing coordinator.

ERC Resource & Referral, Inc. dba. Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas, Topeka – $25,000: To improve reach of communication efforts and engagement opportunities.

Franklin County Health Department – $25,000: To support a county neighborhood assessment.

International Rescue Committee, Inc. – $25,000: To conduct community forums and advocacy training workshops.

Jana’s Campaign Inc. – $25,000: Increase staff advocacy training, program evaluation and funding development.

Just Food of Douglas County, KS, Inc., – $25,000: Support creation of strategic plan and client advisory board.

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation – $25,000: Develop enhanced website.

Loud Light, Inc. – $25,000: Upgrade content creation capacity and data analysis capabilities.

MainStream Education Foundation, Mission – $25,000: Support efforts to diversify funding base.

Medical Loan Closet of Wichita, Inc. – $25,000: To help hire part-time position.

Medical Services Bureau, Inc., Wichita – $25,000: To build organizational capacity.

Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas – $25,000: To develop a multi-lingual website.

Oak Ridge Youth Development Corporation, Kansas City – $25,000: Conduct organization assessment and workshops.

Partners for Wichita, Inc. – $25,000: Leadership development for congregational leaders.

Rainbows United, Inc., Wichita – $25,000: Increase data systems capacity.

Rise Up For Youth, Inc., Wichita – $25,000: To develop strategic plan.

Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita – $25,000: To evaluate Meals on Wheels policies and practices.

The Kansas African American Museum, Inc., Wichita – $25,000: Board accountability training and structural enhancement.

Turner House Clinic, Inc. dba Wyandotte Community Health Center – $25,000: Improve capacity through hiring quality coordinator.

Wichita Children’s Home – $25,000: Staff training to increase capacity.

GLSEN Greater Wichita – $24,969: To support consultants and expand state facilitators.

Kansas State University – $24,951: To create community journalism initiative about health equity.

Wichita Women’s Initiative Network, Inc. – $24,927: To develop and implement a marketing campaign.

Kansas CASA Association – $24,911: Improve state program data systems.

Nonprofit Chamber of Service of Sedgwick County, Inc. – $24,762: To support technology improvements for outreach.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, Inc. – $24,648: Improve data systems.

Interfaith Housing Services, Inc., Hutchinson – $24,378: Training to increase staff capacity.

Raise My Head Foundation, Andover – $23,474: Increase capacity for marketing, planning and financial management

Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority – $20,000: Develop strategic plan and improve marketing materials.

Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, Scott City – $19,535: Strategic plan development.

Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County – $19,453: To support marketing campaign implementation.

Oral Health Kansas, Inc. – $17,160: To support audit and strategic plan development.

Hunter Health Clinic, Inc., Wichita – $10,165: Develop Spanish website and marketing materials.

First Call for Help of Ellis County, Inc. – $8,940: To facilitate awareness campaign plan.


About the Kansas Health Foundation

The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, the Foundation focuses its grantmaking in four primary impact areas: access to care, healthy behaviors, civic/community engagement and educational achievement. To learn more about KHF, please visit www.kansashealth.org.

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