Working to improve the health of all Kansans

In 2018, the Kansas Health Foundation was privileged to provide more than $23 million in qualifying distributions and approved nearly $13 million in new grants to strategic partners and initiatives throughout Kansas. We work strategically and intentionally to find the greatest areas of need in the state. In looking specifically at social determinants of health like income, education level, race/ethnicity and geography, KHF works to ensure its grant making efforts do do the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people. We invite you to explore our annual report to find out more about our work. And just know our focus every day is to improve the health of all Kansans.


Mike Lennen

Chair, Board of Directors

Steve Coen

President and CEO

“To improve the health of all Kansans.” It’s been our mission since day one. It provides clarity about what we do and who we serve and reminds us of the endless opportunities and awesome responsibility we have to make a difference.

For more than 30 years, we’ve been able to be a small part of some very significant health improvements. We’ve helped to bring awareness to the dangers of second-hand smoke with the “Take it Outside” campaign. We’ve helped bring standard physical education curriculum to Kansas schools to promote physical activity at an early age. And, we advocated for the addition of healthcare professionals through the establishment of nurse practitioners and increasing the number of physician assistants, to expand access to care across the state.

In 2018, we continued our efforts to positively impact health by leveraging partnerships, engaging Kansans and identifying the changing health needs of our state.

  • We celebrated the conclusion of our Giving Resources to Our World (GROW) initiative, a 20-year, $60 million investment in community foundations across the state. Through the GROW partnerships, community foundations were able to leverage the KHF investments to increase total assets from $19 million to more than $693 million.
  • KHF launched a civic engagement initiative, “Kansas Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE): Health Depends on a Vibrant Democracy,” in an effort to connect the importance of voting and civic engagement with long-term health. Through a $2.25 million grant, KHF was able to support ten organizations as they incorporate year-round, non-partisan voter engagement into their existing work to serve at-risk populations. In addition, KHF supported this effort with a primary and general election awareness campaign, “GoVoteKansas,” to increase voter registration and turnout.
  • We released a research study at our KHF Symposium to look at our Kansas population trends. This study, from the Kansas Health Institute (our partner organization), looked at changing demographics in Kansas between 1960 and 2016 and projected population changes through 2066. The findings indicate that our population will concentrate more in urban areas, will see an increasing number of older residents and will become increasingly diverse. By 2066, the Hispanic population is expected to grow by nearly 287 percent. Understanding how our population will change helps KHF to strategically plan for the best health of our residents and the betterment of our communities.

Overall, we provided grant funding to more than 100 Kansas organizations, though an investment of nearly $24 million dollars, to support healthier people and build stronger, healthier communities. With these partnerships, we can strategically focus our work in four areas:

  • Access to care (medical, dental and behavioral health)
  • Healthy behaviors (access to healthy food, making physical activity a priority, reducing tobacco use)
  • Civic and community engagement (increasing voter engagement and building stronger communities)
  • Educational attainment (increasing literacy levels, graduation rates and workforce readiness)

Through partnerships and community collaboratives in all corners of the state, we’ve “improved the health of all Kansans” in immeasurable ways. But our work is not done. Understanding the changing demographics of our state and armed with health data, we can look at how and where we can make the most impact for our residents, our communities and our state. As good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we are privileged to support positive health change today and for future generations to come – so EVERY Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play.

2018 Grantmaking

Kansas Health Foundation was honored to provide more than 100 grants throughout our state to make positive change in our program and impact areas, as well as build capacity for many organizations. We initiated new programs to invest in Kansas communities, expand access to healthy foods, and create awareness of the importance of voting. We continued promoting worksite wellness, gathering data on health/wellness indicators, and advocating for state policies seeking to bring expanded health insurance to low-income Kansans.

Please click on the link below to view a PDF of all grants approved by KHF in 2018.

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$23 million in qualifying distributions
20 KHF Employees
$446 million in net assets
More than 100 approved grants



Access to Care

In Kansas today, 1 in 7 adults age 18 to 64 lack health care coverage. And, 1 in 3 do not have dental coverage. For others, the challenge is not having enough health and dental providers close to where they live. KHF supports efforts to address gaps or barriers to access care, to help improve the health of all Kansans.

$1,064,234 Approved
39 Grants

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Statistics on Access to Care

Whether talking about medical, oral or behavioral health, Kansas must improve access to care.

of Kansas adults age 18-64 lack health care coverage
1 in 3
Kansas adults do not have dental insurance
Kansas adults experience mental health problems every year

Healthy Behaviors

Tobacco use and obesity remain the leading causes of preventable death and illness in Kansas. Nearly 1 in 3 Kansans are obese (32.4%), and just over 17 percent of Kansans smoke. KHF invests in programs and supports policy efforts that promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco use prevention. Some of this work is focused on encouraging healthier individual behaviors, and some is shaping the environment so Kansans have access to healthy food and ways to be physically active. And, other efforts are to change policies to affect larger populations.

$2,052,010 Approved
21 Grants

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Statistics on Healthy Behaviors

Kansans continue to engage in behaviors like smoking and eating unhealthy foods.

of Kansans do not have reasonable access to healthy food/groceries
of Kansas adults are overweight or obese
1 in 6
Kansas adults smoke cigarettes

Civic and Community Engagement

KHF recognizes individuals’ health and well-being are also influenced by where and how they live. And stronger communities also help improve the health of Kansans. However, Kansas data indicates that individuals and groups that traditionally experience poor health outcomes may be less likely to participate in the election process, contact their elected officials or attend public meetings. Active, engaged community members help to shape policies, express needs and expectations, determine how resources are allocated, and elect their representatives. KHF invests in programs that help to build stronger communities and to encourage more Kansans to be civically engaged, and provides the support for leadership, information and data. The result is improved health outcomes for residents and healthy, vibrant communities for all.

$5,959,229 Approved
28 Grants

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Statistics on Civic and Community Engagement

2018 marked another opportunity for Kansans to head to the polls during the gubernatorial election.

of eligible Kansas voters participated in the 2018 November elections
of Kansans sometimes/always vote in local elections
2018 voter turnout in Washington County, the highest for any county in Kansas

Educational Attainment

Research shows that individuals with more education live longer, healthier lives than those with less education. And, Kansas data indicates that lower levels of education are often linked to lack of health care coverage, limited ability to pay for medical or dental treatment, higher use of tobacco products, increased obesity rates and poor health outcomes. The state average for graduation rates (2018) was 87.3 percent, which means that 12.7 percent of students were left behind. In addition, 63 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading. KHF believes that by improving educational attainment, we can work toward better employment opportunities and better health outcomes.

$3,433,992 Approved
18 Grants

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Statistics on Educational Attainment

Graduation rates and reading literacy rates are at the heart of KHF’s planning efforts in this impact area.

of Kansas public school students graduate from high school
of Kansas students are approved for free/reduced-price lunches
of Kansas 4th grade students are below proficient in reading


While these initiatives won’t be part of our annual report highlights until next year, they’re current KHF efforts where you can become involved. We welcome you to click below to see initiatives happening right now in Kansas communities.


Join the Kansas Health Foundation as we work to create awareness of the importance of child literacy. To sign up to support the campaign and receive free tips, resources and ideas to improve children’s literacy in Kansas, please visit the campaign website.

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In late 2018, KHF was looking for a way to highlight the fun, innovative and effective work being done in schools throughout the state. Whether it be learning programs, community partnerships or volunteer efforts, “WooHoo Kansas Schools,” provided a way to tell the story of these schools and districts doing extraordinary work.

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Board of Directors

Michael Lennen

Interim President and CEO

Matt Allen

Claudia Bakely

Mollie H. Carter

Junetta Everett


Don Hill

Jeffry L. Jack

Vice Chair/BOD Representative

Donna Shank

C. Patrick Woods

Vice Chair

Steve Coen

President and CEO

Investment Committee

Mollie H. Carter

Brian Heinrichs

John MacDonald

Matthew Michaelis


Ben Zimmerman

Audit Committee

Michael Flores


Arnold Hudspeth

Jay Smith

Shekima Smith

Vice Chair

C. Patrick Woods

Vice Chair

Finance Committee

Matt Allen

Jeffry L. Jack

Vice Chair/BOD Representative

Donna Shank


Valerie Black

Community Impact Officer

Chan Brown

Director of Community Initiatives

Doug Clasen

Facilities Manager

Steve Coen

President and CEO

Monique Garcia

Director of Community Relations

Kathy Lawless


Mary Poort

Executive Associate

Christopher Power

Chief Operating Officer/Vice President

Jeff Usher

Director of Institutional Partnerships and Issue Mobilization

Stephen Webster

Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance

Chase Willhite

Associate Vice President

Kristi Zukovich

Vice President

Guiding Principles



We care about the health of all Kansans.



We believe in taking a proactive approach to grantmaking and that promoting systemic change through population-based approaches is the most effective strategy for improving health.



We seek to maintain an environment and atmosphere of diversity and inclusion – in governance, staff and partners. We honor the diverse needs, strengths, voices and backgrounds of all individuals in our state.



We will be good stewards of the resources in which we have been entrusted to address issues today, and to benefit generations to come. We are committed to the highest ethical standards in governance, administration and grantmaking.



We pledge to be open and honest. We will highlight our successes, failures and lessons learned.



We realize we will be successful in meeting our mission when we listen to and build solid partnerships across sectors.



We understand that communities are best positioned to identify and respond to their unique health needs and believe in building community capacity and resources to address those needs.



We support and participate in activities that inform and advance effective health policy. We vow to lead by example and model the policies, practices and programs we support.

Financial Totals


Historical Average Assets ($)

Qualifying Distributions ($)

Balance Sheet

December 31, 2018

Cash and investments $453,399,064
Other assets $677,670
Land, building and equipment $12,435,325
Liabilities and Net Assets
Payables and accrued expenses $310,478
Bonds payable $0
Grants payable $19,962,864
Net Assets $446,238718

Statement of Activity and Changes in Net Assets

Year Ended December 31, 2018

Revenue and gains
Investment income $1,456,335
Net realized and unrealized gains on investment ($24,844,072)
Investment management expenses ($1,787,592)
Other income $1,464,449
Program grants, net of writeoffs $8,612,042
Operating Expenses
Charitable activities and grants administration $5,769,912
Total operating expenses $5,769,912
Increase (Decrease) in net assets ($38,092,833)
Net Assets, beginning of year $486,235,911
Net Assets, end of year $446,238,718


KHF defines health broadly, and as such, provides funding in many different areas in order to achieve our mission. However, our organization does have a list of grant exclusions, or projects for which our grant funds may not be used. These include any of the following activities:

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