In early 2019, the Kansas Health Foundation initiated the Sparking Imaginations, Building Literacy grant, providing $1 million over three years in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL).
The Kansas Health Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved $1.1 million for Phase 2 of the foundation’s Tobacco Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health initiative.
Twelve projects in 10 counties were approved during the first year of the Kansas Health Foundation’s Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI).
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KHF became a public charity in 2015, which provided the opportunity to take a more active role in the policy arena. Since that time, KHF has identified key policy issues that help to improve health, including issues at the state and federal level. KHF is also supportive of efforts of health policy advocacy at the local level, including municipalities and schools.
The House Tax committee held a hearing on HB 2231 on March 15 at 3:30 p.m. to support tax increases on tobacco products, which would also increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation.
On March 14 at 1:30 p.m., the House Health and Human Services committee held a hearing on SB 312, to establish dental therapists (SB 312).
A hearing on SB 436 was held on Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.
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