KHF awards nearly $2 million to improve health in Kansas

December 11, 2018

Media Contact Ashley Booker, 316-491-8414

WICHITA, Kan. – Recently, the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) awarded nearly $2 million to 86 Kansas organizations for health-improvement projects and organizational capacity building.

Through the foundation’s Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) Initiative, nonprofits receive grants of up to $25,000 each and must address at least one of KHF’s four impact areas – access to care, healthy behaviors, educational achievement or civic/community engagement. In 2017, 85 organizations also received a total of $2 million.

“We believe it’s important to address health needs of at-risk populations based on factors that can influence health outcomes – such as race/ethnicity, income, geography and education level,” said Steve Coen, KHF president and CEO. “When we support organizations doing this type of work, we’re impacting the health of residents across the state.”

The following grantees received funding in 2018:


Great Plains of Sabetha Inc. – $25,000: To provide startup costs for tele-emergency services at Sabetha Community Hospital, located in rural northeast Kansas.

Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped, Inc. (KETCH) – $25,000: To develop a new website and awareness campaign.

Kidron Bethel Retirement Services, Inc. – $25,000: To hire an employee education coordinator.

Turner House Clinic, Inc. dba Wyandotte Community Health Center – $24,797: Implement a Community Health Improvement Plan and strategic planning initiatives.

High Plains Mental Health Center – $20,550: Provide mental health first aid training to emergency responders and community residents in a 20-county region in northwest Kansas.

Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center – $25,000: To conduct a registered play therapy certification course in 32 western Kansas counties.

Willow Domestic Violence Center – $25,000: To train 50 employees in trauma-informed care, which will increase access to care for 2,450 residents living in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties.

Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita, Inc. – $22,165: To revamp the organization’s website to improve access to services for low-income clients.

Prairie View, Inc. – $25,000: Create collaborative community mental health interventions.

Catholic Charities of Salina, Inc. – $25,000: Develop a computer assessment designed to improve care for low-income clients in northcentral and northwest Kansas.

America’s Dentists Care Foundation – $25,000: Implement new reporting software for treatment procedures.

Wichita Children’s Home – $25,000: To build organizational capacity to support abused and homeless Kansas children.

NAMI Wichita Kansas, Inc. – $24,970: To hire a consultant for strategic planning, community outreach and program evaluation.

Positive Directions, Inc. – $25,000: To implement new software, build board leadership and hire a fundraising consultant.

Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc. – $16,800: To hire a consultant to develop fundraising and board recruitment plans.

HealthCore Clinic, Inc. – $25,000: Develop tools to improve coordinated care for patients in southcentral Kansas.

Community Health Council of Wyandotte County – $25,000: To improve access to care for vulnerable Wyandotte County residents through a Community Health Worker collaborative.

Project Teen-Safe, Inc. – $25,000: Provide social, emotional and physical wellness education for the Ford County pre-teen and teen-population.

Topeka Doula Project, Inc. – $24,860: To improve birth outcomes through doula care and increase organizational capacity.

Family Service and Guidance Center of Topeka, Inc. – $25,000: To hire a strategic planning consultant.

Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center – $25,000: To hire a strategic planning consultant.

Mental Health America of the Heartland – $22,176: To secure a management succession plan facilitator.

Caritas Clinics, Inc. – $17,000: Improve grant writing capacity to fund future health care access for uninsured residents in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.

Pawnee Mental Health Service, Inc. – $25,000: To provide therapists with specialized trauma training.

Kansas Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Inc. – $24,725: To implement a new program to increase the number of patient caregivers immunized.

Capper Foundation – $10,100: Creation and promotion of a report about Kansas children’s access to Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for autism treatment.

Great Plains of Republic County Inc., dba Republic County Hospital – $25,000: To recruit two physicians to fill vacancies at the rural critical access hospital.

Harvey County Department on Aging – $25,000: To establish a volunteer-based transportation system to improve access to health care.

Wichita Family Crisis Center – $13,655: For advocate training and systems improvements.

Saint Francis Community Services, Inc. – $21,861: Train 200 staff in countering Adverse Childhood Experiences for 19 Kansas communities.

USD 253, Emporia High School – $7,600: For mental health first aid training.

Great Plains of Cheyenne County, Inc. dba Cheyenne County Hospital – $25,000: Create patient navigator position to assist uninsured/underinsured residents in the area.

Kansas University Endowment Association – $5,000: To support the eighth-annual Heartland Conference on Health Equity and Patient Centered Care.

Roots and Wings, Inc. dba CASA of Sedgwick County – $25,000: Staff training, financial records organization and marketing development.


Young Men’s Christian Association of Wichita – $25,000: To help with development of a 10-Year, City of Wichita Master Food Plan to increase healthy food access.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc. – $25,000: To create and implement a smoking cessation program for uninsured or underserved adults in southeast Kansas.

Topeka Community Foundation – $25,000: To build capacity for collaborative and comprehensive health planning in Shawnee County.

Just Food of Douglas County, KS, Inc. – $24,976: To improve organizational communication and technology to diversify funding sources and increase healthy food access.

Bike Walk Wichita, Inc – $15,650: Expand the organization’s ReCycle volunteer program.

Children’s Mercy Hospital – $25,000: Create and evaluate food insecurity solutions in Wyandotte County.

After the Harvest – $25,000: Hire a fundraising specialist to increase organizational financial support.

Real Men, Real Heroes, Inc. – $24,035: To hire a Spanish speaking facilitator and community liaison to facilitate an after-school program to improve healthy lifestyles.

Second Harvest Community Food Bank – $25,000: Expand food panty services for low-income seniors in Doniphan, Brown, Atchison and Leavenworth counties.

Project Rally, Inc. – $25,000: Organizational plan development.

Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries, Inc. – $22,700: To hire a liaison to expand resources in Wichita’s Hilltop Neighborhood

Boys and Girls Club of Topeka – $14,757: To offer culinary classes for teens and their families.

Kansas City Community Gardens, Inc. – $25,000: Promotional video creation.

USD 260 Derby Public Schools – $25,000: To provide meals to adults accompanying children in the Summer Food Service Program.

Hospital District #6 of Harper County, Kansas – $21,011: Engage with schools and partners to use a tower garden system and curriculum.

Kansas State University – $24,897: Implementation of a staff and faculty food access program.

Van Go, Inc. – $24,750: To implement a peer learning job training initiative for low-income teens and young adults in Douglas County.

Girls on the Run of Sedgwick County – $17,566: Hire a part-time staff member and implement a new camp.


Trinity United Methodist Church of Hutchinson – $25,000: To help track services provided for students with barriers to completing high school.

ERC Resource & Referral, Inc. dba Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas – $25,000: Improve consumer education about accessing high-quality child care and parent education services.

USD 322 Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton – $23,569: Train all school staff social-emotional learning, first aid and mental health first aid.

Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies dba Child Care Aware of Kansas – $25,000: To hire a marketing consultant for campaign development and media relations strategies.

Kansas Learning Center for Health, Inc. – $11,080: To integrate online organizational management systems.

The Pando Initiative, Inc. – $25,000: To hire a marketing consultant to increase brand recognition and messaging.

Fundamental Learning Center, Inc. – $25,000: To hire a development director.

Kansas State Department of Education – $25,000: To provide training and resources to mentoring organizations and improve mentoring relationships for at-risk youth.

Butler County Community College Foundation – $24,985: Conduct onsite Workplace English classes.

USD 259 Wichita Public Schools – $24,880: Hiring of staff to conduct summer school academic achievement programs.

Mo Kan 20/20 Vision, Inc. dba 20/20 Leadership – $24,574: To support students in post-secondary planning.

University of Kansas – $24,994: Teacher training for curriculum on health disparities and advocacy to increase student interest in pursuing postsecondary degrees in public health professions.

Newman University, Inc. – $25,000: Conduct college 101 program for at-risk freshman students.

Kansas Family Advisory Network, Inc – $25,000: To develop new caregiver trainings which will be offered across the state and to create a foster care evaluation plan.


Rosedale Development Association, Inc. – $25,000: Expand programing to include focus on civic engagement, economic stability and financial literacy.

Friends of Johnson County Developmental Support, Inc. – $25,000: Hire a consultant to provide training about grant/project management and strategic development.

Kansas Interfaith Action – $25,000: To increase organizational capacity and expand reach.

Kansas CASA Association – $25,000: Develop website designed to bring awareness to and simplify connecting with statewide volunteer opportunities.

Grant County Community Foundation Inc. – $25,000: Hire a part-time employee to write and administer grants.

LiveWell Northwest Kansas – $24,994: To enhance communications and marketing capacity.

Legacy Ministries, Inc. – $24,750: Promote and evaluate the creativity and transformational camps and work programs for socially-disadvantaged urban youth.

Family Promise of Greater Wichita Inc. – $25,000: To increase community partners and implement a data measurement system.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Salina, Inc. – $25,000: To hire VISTA volunteers and marketing consultants to create awareness about services.

Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity – $18,098: To enhance communication tools.

Western Kansas Community Foundation – $25,000: For creation of an organizational strategic plan.

Mainstream Education Foundation – $25,000: To develop and expand the Voter to Voter platform.

Stafford County Economic Development, Inc. – $25,000: To increase civic engagement to reduce poverty in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA.

Lawrence Community Food Alliance, Inc. dba Sunrise Project – $24,906: Pilot a leadership and civic engagement program.

Dress for Success Wichita, Inc. – $25,000: Establish a mentoring program in southcentral Kansas.

Loud Light, Inc. – $25,000: Create an interdisciplinary, intercollegiate youth civics and public health policy think tank.

Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City – $25,000: To increase civic engagement training opportunities for Kansas women through the Appointments Project.

Renew Missouri Advocates – $25,000: Energy efficiency coordination to improve Kansas City and Wichita health outcomes for low income and minority communities.

North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance Inc. (Art as Mentorship, Inc.) – $25,000: Work with consultants on board recruitment, strategic planning and fundraising plans.

Rise Up For Youth, Inc. – $25,000: To conduct a summer youth empowerment program.


About the Kansas Health Foundation

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