Funders Renew Support for Health Reform Resource Project

March 24, 2015  |  Press Releases & Announcements

News Release

TOPEKA, KANSAS – Members of the Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH) group have approved funding for the Health Reform Resource Project, an initiative to support Kansas organizations affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

KGIH members represent six health care conversion foundations that work together to strengthen the health of Kansans. They are:  the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Health Foundation, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, the Sunflower Foundation, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and the Wyandotte Health Foundation.

The Health Reform Resource Project was established to help nonprofit organizations apply for federal grants available under the ACA and ensure that the health care needs of consumers were appropriately represented in the beginning years of the implementation of the ACA. The goal of the project is to enhance access, quality and value of health services for Kansans. The project is directed by Sheldon Weisgrau, a 30-year veteran in health policy and research.

“This project highlights the benefits of collaborative philanthropy:  The ability to have a more substantive collective  impact, leverage public and private resources, and demonstrate health policy’s influence on the economic well-being and quality of life in Kansas,” said Brenda Sharpe, President and CEO of the REACH Foundation.

Activities of the Health Reform Resource Project include:

  • Assisting in public education and stakeholder engagement related to health reform;
  • Providing technical assistance to advocacy organizations and other stakeholders; and
  • Assisting Kansas entities in securing grants and programs available under the ACA.

The foundations’ resources also support a KGIH Opportunity Fund, which awards grants to nonprofit health care, consumer and advocacy organizations to support feasibility studies and surveys, architectural plans and other items necessary to secure grants under the ACA. Grants also fund activities related to implementation of health reform in Kansas. Since 2011, the KGIH Opportunity Fund has awarded 28 grants totaling $588,000, generating more than $22 million in federal funding for Kansas organizations working to improve health and health care in the state.

The REACH Foundation recently awarded $68,860 to support the Health Reform Resource Project through 2016, and $50,000 to support the KGIH Opportunity Fund. Since 2010, REACH has allocated $410,860 for the two projects.

For more information on the resource project, contact Sheldon Weisgrau, (785) 408-8008 or healthreformresource@gmail.com.