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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Health Department receives grant to improve health equity

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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:

  • Barton County Health Department – Barton County
  • Central Kansas Community Foundation – Harvey County
  • Community Health Council of Wyandotte County – Wyandotte County
  • Finney County Community Health Coalition – Finney County
  • Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation – Barber County
  • Great Plains Health Alliance –a regional effort serving Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur and Sheridan counties
  • Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas – Crawford County
  • Kearny County Hospital – Kearny County
  • Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department – Douglas County
  • Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation – North Central Kansas Regional Collaborative serving Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic and Smith Counties
  • Northwest Kansas Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. – a regional effort serving Thomas, Sherman, Wallace and Logan counties
  • Reno County Health Department – Reno County
  • Riley County Health Department – Riley County
  • Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital – Butler County
  • Thrive Allen County – Allen County
  • Tri-Agency Intervention, Inc. – Liberal Area Coalition for Families – Seward County
  • United Community Services of Johnson County – Johnson County
  • Wichita YMCA – Sedgwick County

"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.

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