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Immigrant Families Are Part of the Fabric of Our Communities

Over the last couple of months, public attention has been drawn to reports and images of immigrant children being separated from their families because of changes to the way that U.S. immigration policy is being implemented. These actions, documented in vivid detail, have sparked discussion across the country about how we as Americans treat migrants. … Continued

REACH Staff Reflect on 2017 Successes

So far in 2017, the foundation has seen positive investment returns every single month of this year. I can’t wait to see how we eventually invest these funds into the community. Jo Yun, Vice President of Finance & Operations/CFO   Since we implemented the Employee Matching Gifts program in 2007, REACH has matched nearly $72,000 … Continued

REACH CEO Shares a Few Highlights of the Year

At the end of the year, as the REACH team works to tie up loose ends on grants awarded, projects being planned for the coming year, and preparing for the holidays, I always marvel at how committed and focused individuals are capable of tackling complex problems knowing that solutions are, in fact, within reach. I … Continued

Advocates Mount Strong Effort to Secure CHIP Renewal

Health providers and advocates have been maintaining a steady public call to Congress to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is set to end on September 30, 2017, unless Congress acts to renew financial support – ideally for another five years. CHIP is a federally funded and state-administered block grant, … Continued

Blog: Grantee Survey Helps REACH Learn From Our Partners

Transparency in the REACH Foundation’s grant making and operations has always been held as a core tenant of our work by the foundation’s Board of Directors and staff. As part of our grant relationship, REACH staff encourages our nonprofit partners to be transparent with us about major changes and challenges in their organizations so that … Continued

Blog: Care Coordination/Navigation Grants Focus on Closing Health Access Gaps

This month, the REACH Foundation awarded grants totaling $213,102 to six organizations to implement strategies that use care coordinators, navigators, community health workers and engagement specialists to close the information and resource gap between consumers and health systems. The Health Care Coordination and Navigation Grants align with the foundation’s strategic plan focus on eliminating barriers … Continued

Blog: Support Builds in Kansas for Dental Therapy Model

Legislators have the opportunity to consider a bill this session that would license dental therapists in Kansas. Dental therapists are specially trained mid-level dental providers who would work as part of a dental team to provide routine and preventive care. There is strong interest in dental therapy among health, dental hygiene, education, safety net health … Continued

Blog: HEAT Study Draws Attention to Disparities in Wyandotte County

Last fall, the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County pulled together health providers, program directors, faith community and neighborhood leaders and other advocates to reflect on the results of a three-year study by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University of the environmental factors affecting health equity … Continued

KanCare Expansion Advocates Renew Push for Expansion

Kansas health advocates, consumers, local government and business leaders have gathered forces this legislative session to issue a strong call for expansion of KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program. During the week of January 6-10, 2017, the House Health and Human Services Committee will hold hearings on three days to consider House Bill 2064, a KanCare … Continued

Blog: REACH CEO Calls for Halt to ACA “Repeal and Delay” Approach

As the 115th Congress has launched its new year of work, House and Senate members have pushed forward on actions designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act with little discussion about its replacement. Over the past couple of weeks, representatives from physicians groups, hospital associations, safety net health providers, foundations and even the Mayor of … Continued

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