Through its Impact and Capacity Grants program, the Kansas Health Foundation recently awarded more than $1.6 million to 70 Kansas non-profit or government organizations for health-improvement projects and organizational capacity building. Earlier this year, KHF provided funding to 17 eligible organizations under the ICG program, bringing total funding this year to approximately $2 million for 87 organizations. In 2018, 86 organizations received a total of $2 million.
Under this program, qualifying organizations may receive grants of up to $25,000 each to address goals related to at least one of KHF’s four impact areas — educational attainment, access to care, healthy behaviors or civic and community engagement.
Grantees from northwest Kansas are:
Gove County Medical Center — $23,980 (impact grant): To help a staff person become certified as an insurance assister and offer marketing assistance to enhance knowledge about the center’s ability to help people apply for insurance through the insurance marketplace.
• Kansas Department of Health and Environment — $24,750 (impact grant): To offer training and mini-grants to increase the number of Resist chapters advocating against the vaping epidemic for young people in western Kansas.
• NAMI Kansas — $25,000 (capacity building grant): To hire two quarter-time Affiliate Development Specialists in Hays and Dodge City to expand availability and capacity of NAMI Kansas programs and mental health support in northwest and southwest Kansas.
• Phillips County Hospital dba Phillips County Health Systems — $7,845 (capacity building grant): To expand access to care for rural Phillips County residents by providing Behavioral Health Consultant Training to consultants and primary care providers to develop and refine clinical skills and competencies.
• Youth Core Ministries — $25,000 (capacity building grant): To strengthen infrastructure by implementing a new secure portal and hiring an administrative coordinator to expand Core Circles programming to families below the 200 percent poverty level in five new communities: Atwood, Goodland, Meade, Herington and Harper.