WICHITA, Kan. – Michael Lennen, who has served for nine years, including three as chair, and Donna Shank, who has also served nine years, including a term as vice chair, have recently transitioned off the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) Board of Directors.
During their tenure, they oversaw the approval of 139 grants totaling more than $112 million.
“It’s been a privilege to have both Mike and Donna serve on our board,” said Steve Coen, KHF president and CEO. “Their vast knowledge, guidance and leadership has helped the foundation get closer to its mission of improving the health of all Kansans – and for that, we are grateful.”
In honor of Lennen and Shank’s service, the foundation is pleased to provide a $25,000 grant in each of their names.
Lennen’s contribution will be directed to the Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles Task Force’s new initiative to provide instruments, supplies and private lessons to disadvantaged Topeka-area school students so they may participate in school orchestras and the Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles.
Shank’s grant will be directed to the KU School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to support its “Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes” model for children experiencing mental illness.
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, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations, and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.
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