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The Kansas Health Foundation is pleased to announce 18 communities, including Douglas County, will be receiving more than $4.7 million in funding through its Healthy Communities Initiative: Improving Health Equity in Kansas. Each community will receive $75,000 a year for 3 ½ years (or, $262,500 per community) to strengthen community coalitions and address social and economic issues that impact health.
The health equity focus requires communities to identify a priority population group that may be experiencing negative health outcomes, and create solutions for a healthier community.
“We believe all Kansans should be able to make healthy choices where they live, work and play,” said Steve Coen, Kansas Health Foundation president and CEO. “This initiative will allow residents to identify the obstacles and opportunities for better health outcomes. Not only does this improve health for the priority population, but it makes the entire community stronger.”
Communities receiving funding from this initiative include:
"We are excited to have the opportunity to work with partners in the LiveWell Lawrence coalition to reach out to – and work with – community partners to examine how we can better address social and economic issues that impact health in Douglas County," said Community Health Director Chris Tilden, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.