WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) recognizes Deanna Van Hersh, vice president for programs, for more than 23 years of service as her KHF career ends on June 11. The Board and staff are appreciative of Deanna’s many years of loyal service to the organization, focused on improving health and strengthening communities. She has worked with grantees in communities all over Kansas to improve healthy behaviors, access to care and civic engagement, and has had oversight of approximately $20 million in grants each year. Through her career with KHF, Deanna has been active with national philanthropic organizations, often participating in philanthropic learning communities and presenting on KHF grantmaking partnerships.
“I loved being a part of this organization and the exceptional opportunities to grow and learn. Every day I worked with wonderful people, in many different organizations, all focused on improving health and building stronger communities,” Van Hersh said. “I believe KHF is on an exciting and bold path for the future.”
Deanna joined the organization in 1998, and since 2017 has led KHF’s grantmaking and programmatic efforts. During her tenure, she’s held many titles, including serving as a program officer and director of program planning and evaluation. Before being promoted to her vice president position, Van Hersh served as associate vice president for programs.
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. During the past 35 years, KHF has provided more than $600 million in grants to improve health in Kansas communities.
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