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Cabot Earns Medical Home Designation


Cabot Westside Health and Dental Center, part of St. Luke’s Health System, in December received top-level national designation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Cabot is one of eight clinics participating in the REACH Foundation’s Medical Home Initiative, and the second clinic of that group to achieve the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level III designation, the highest recognition for a medical group. 

The Foundation’s Medical Home Initiative began with four clinics in 2007 and currently involves eight clinics working to implement medical home standards as defined by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). REACH provides access to individualized technical assistance through Qualis Health and its subsidiary, Outlook Associates, to support the clinics’ quality improvement activities.

Read the Cabot Westside Health and Dental Center press release.


KAC Issues Medicaid Fact Sheet

Resources and Reports

Medicaid and CHIP, collectively known as HealthWave, provide health insurance for more than 230,000 Kansas children. Kansas Action for Children has produced an overview of Medicaid’s role in children’s health care and outlines what the state’s Medicaid reform plan, called KanCare, will mean for children.

Review the brief.

Trainings to Address Nonprofit Finances

The Nonprofit Finance Fund will bring two trainings on the subject of nonprofit financial health to Kansas City on Thursday, February 2. The sessions are designed for lead finance officers, board chairs and other key board or finance committee members. Organizations may register for one or both sessions. Registration information and workshop fees are available at

Linking Money to Mission:  A Balancing Act, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The session will delve into how to balance your organization’s mission with its financial realities. Participants will engage in dialogue about growth, endowments, property ownership and more, and use real-life case studies with financial information to demonstrate how the choices you make can impact your organization’s financial health and viability.

Advanced Budgeting:  Maximizing Your Budget as a Management Tool, 1-4:30 p.m. (includes lunch)

The session will review key budget terms and concepts and demystify the budgeting process by focusing on common budget types.

Workshops will be held at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO  64110.

Sponsors:  The REACH Healthcare Foundation and the H&R Block Foundation


Health Foundations Announce ACA Fund Grants

Foundation News Release

TOPEKA, KANSAS – Five health philanthropies that established a fund to help Kansas organizations prepare for health reform announced grants to nine nonprofit organizations totaling $244,800. The grants were awarded through the Affordable Care Act Opportunity Fund, a $450,000 grant pool created by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Health Foundation, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, the Sunflower Foundation and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. The fund, set up at the Topeka Community Foundation, will continue to accept grant proposals through 2012.

“The fund is designed to help Kansas nonprofit organizations take advantage of federal programs and innovation grants that are being offered as part of implementation of the health reform law,” said Billie Hall, President and CEO of the Sunflower Foundation. “These grants will enable organizations to pursue expansion and innovation grants and funding for collaborative efforts.”

The funded organizations are:

Health Innovations Network of Kansas, $30,000

Kansas Health Institute, Topeka, $30,000

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg, $29,500

PrairieStar Health Center, Hutchinson, $30,000

GraceMed Health Clinic, Wichita, $30,000

First Care Clinic, Hays, $21,800

Flint Hills Community Health Center, Emporia, $28,500

Konza Prairie Community Health Center, Junction City, $30,000

Salina Family Healthcare Center, $15,000

Read the full press release

Access ACA Opportunity Fund information and application






Oral Health Workforce Study Identifies Rural Service Gaps

Resources and Reports

Kansas’ Bureau of Oral Health and the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Center for Community Health Improvement released a report in September 2011 on the rural dental workforce that pinpoints the areas of Kansas with the fewest dental providers.

Using dental professional data from the 2009 Kansas Department of Health and Environment Workforce Assessment, census data and GIS mapping, the project identified the state’s dental shortage areas, or “dental deserts” – geographic areas where there are no dental services, and where the closest dental office is at least 30 minutes away.

The report indicates that at least 57,000 Kansans live in “dental care service deserts.” The report projects this number to increase as the primary care dentists working in rural areas retire, and as forecast, are not fully replaced.

Access the “Mapping the Rural Kansas Dental Workforce:  Implications for Population Oral Health” full report



Southeast Kansas Holds Economic Summit

Resources and Reports

Business, community and government leaders gathered in Iola, Kansas, on November 17 to discuss economic conditions and issues affecting economic health and individual prosperity in southeast Kansas. Review presentations from the “Southeast Kansas Together We Succeed Economic Summit.”

Click link to access summit agenda and presentation slides.

Read KHI News Service report on summit.


Wyandotte Residents Offer Ideas to Improve Health

Resources and Reports

Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) is a countywide initiative to involve local leaders and residents in improving the health of people in the community. HCW got its start in 2009 when Unified Governement of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Joe Reardon and Joe Connor, director of the Wyandotte County Public Health Department, convened community leaders and researchers to discuss health data that ranked Wyandotte County last in the state for overall health. In June 2010, Reardon and the Public Health Department convened agencies and organizations to discuss top health concerns. Their input, and that of county residents, formed the starting point for the HCW initiative.

From November 2010 to October 2011, community leaders and residents worked together to develop a set of goals and recommendations for how to improve the health and well-being of people who live and work in Wyandotte County. A Steering Committee established overarching goals and timelines; other community members participated on five Action Teams to brainstrom ideas for improvements in education, environmental infrastructure, nutrition, health services and communications. Action Teams developed a set of proposals in their focus areas. Those proposals were presented to community members at two public meetings on Oct. 18 and 19.

Read about Healthy Communities Wyandotte and review the Action Teams’ recommendations.

REACH Awards $1.7 Million in Grants

Foundation News Release

Merriam, Kansas — The REACH Foundation has awarded core operating grants totaling $1,687,783 to 20 organizations that provide oral health, mental health and primary medical care and advocate for health services for uninsured and medically underserved people. The core operating grants offer general support to organizations whose efforts are considered essential to the region’s health care safety net. 

Read the press release.

Health Foundations Issue TA Opportunity

Foundation News Release

Merriam, Kansas — The REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) today released an application for technical assistance to help regional health and human service organizations address cultural competency and diversity in their organizations and service delivery. The technical assistance opportunity will provide 12 months of customized assistance to organization leaders and program staff to help them improve their work with diverse populations. 

The application for technical assistance is open to nonprofit organizations working within the two foundations’ funding areas and six-county geographic region. That region includes Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri. Organizations eligible to apply include safety net health care clinics, behavioral health organizations, higher education institutions, and organizations working in other health and human service fields.

A workshop to explain the Cultural Competency Initiative and the technical assistance application is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the REACH Foundation offices, 6700 Antioch Road, REACH Conference Room (2nd floor), Merriam, Kansas.

Application information is available online at or The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

The Cultural Competency Initiative was developed and launched by the REACH Foundation in 2008 as part of the Foundation’s focus on improving health care access and reducing health disparities. The impetus for the initiative came out of a growing recognition of the connection between cultural competency and health disparities, and the impact on individual health outcomes, as well as the lack of local resources to help organizations improve in this area. HCF joined the initiative in 2010, expanding the technical assistance opportunity and other support efforts.

Note:  The technical assistance opportunity provides customized planning and guidance, and is not a financial award. See below for application information and the application cover page:

Review the application for technical assistance.

Access the application cover page.  Access the Statement of Commitment form.

Review application process presentation (PowerPoint)

Public Forums to Discuss Healthy Wyandotte


Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) will hold public meetings on Oct. 18 and 19 to present ideas developed by five community teams for how to create a healthier Wyandotte County. People who live and work in Wyandotte County and are interested in the health of its residents are invited to hear more about the proposed priorities and offer thoughts and ideas. Events will be held Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m., at West Wyandotte Library, 1737 North 82nd Street, in Kansas City, KS, and Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., at Donnelly College Chapel, 608 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS. Read the public notice.