The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. Our funding comes from an endowment created by the sale of Wesley Medical Center, and our asset base remains strong thanks to a dedicated team of advisers and investment managers. We do not solicit or accept donations. Instead, we seek opportunities to invest our resources in people and projects that meet our mission and create long-term, sustainable health improvements.
To be effective, we must focus our work. The Kansas Health Foundation is committed to supporting strategies that will make Kansas a healthier place in the long run instead of funding temporary fixes for immediate health problems. Our five focus areas are:
- Promoting the healthy behaviors of Kansans
- Strengthening the public health system
- Growing community philanthropy
- Providing health data and information to policymakers
- Building civic leadership
View the Foundation's latest news below:
Wichita, Kan. – Blythe Thomas has joined the Kansas Health Foundation as its vice president for communication.
Thomas, a Wichita area native, most recently served as international director of marketing and public relations for the The Nature Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
“We searched nationwide to find the right person who has diverse experience, a calling to...
After 10 years of service, including the past three as chair, Bill Docking is transitioning off of the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors.
“It has been an honor to serve as a board member for this innovative and forward-thinking organization,” Docking said. “Improving the health of all Kansans has always been important to me, and for the past decade I’ve been privileged to work with the Foundation’s staff to accomplish that very mission.”
During his decade-long board...
WICHITA, KAN -- Shawnee County Commissioner and Chairwoman Shelly Buhler, Rossville, has been elected as chair of the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors. Buhler, who has been on the Foundation’s Board since 2006, will serve a three-year term as chair.
“I am extremely humbled and proud to serve as the chair of the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors,” Buhler said. “The amazing impact that the Foundation has had on Kansas will be remembered for generations to come. The...
WICHITA, KAN -- Jeffry L. Jack, District Court Judge in Labette County and Parsons resident, has joined the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors.
“It is an honor to be elected to the Board of the Kansas Health Foundation,” Jack said. “I am excited to be part of an organization that leverages its resources in innovative ways to improve the health of Kansans.”
Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Judge Jack’s diverse background included time in a private law practice,...
WICHITA, Kan. – In an effort to strengthen and enhance the level of preventive services available at safety net clinics in Kansas, the Kansas Health Foundation has awarded grant funding to 15 clinics throughout the state totaling $235,000.
“Safety net clinics in our state do a tremendous job of providing care under challenging circumstances,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “Through this grant funding, we are pleased to partner with these clinics...
WICHITA, KAN.—The Kansas Health Foundation is now accepting applications for its fall 2013 cycle of the Recognition Grants program. The grant program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support...
WICHITA, KAN. – Twelve Kansas communities have been awarded implementation grants through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Through this initiative, the Foundation is partnering with communities to promote ways to encourage people to eat healthier foods and to be more physically active, as well as to make entire communities healthier places to live.
Communities in the following counties will benefit from the implementation grants, which are worth up to $75...
WICHITA, Kan. – Since its establishment in Topeka in 1995, the Kansas Health Institute has had a more than $86 million impact on the economy of Shawnee County, according to a new study commissioned by the Kansas Health Foundation.
“We have long known of the tremendous impact KHI has had on the quality of health data and information available in Kansas, as well as the impact KHI’s research has had on our grant making,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health...
WICHITA, KAN. - Through its spring 2013 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided more than $830,000 in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 50 projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.
Recognition Grants expand the Foundation's support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state and are targeted toward organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit...
WICHITA, Kan. – With an eye toward creating food and beverage environments in Kansas that ensure healthy options are the routine, easy choice, five organizations have been selected to participate in the Kansas Health Foundation’s Statewide Partnerships for a Healthier Kansas initiative.
The American Heart Association, Kansas Action for Children, Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation/Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Rural Center and KC Healthy Kids were chosen to engage...
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