What We're Reading at REACH

October 8, 2015  |  Foundation News

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles and announcements that have caught our attention.


Policy Conference to Tackle Economic Opportunity in Kansas

“Economic opportunity in Kansas – What does the future hold?” will be the subject of the 2015 Kansas Economic Policy Conference Thursday, October 22, at the University of Kansas. Presenters will include conference openers Kenneth Kriz, Regents Distinguished Professor of public finance at Wichita State and director of its Kansas Public Finance Center, and Gary Brunk, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, who will discuss the current state of the economy.

Other speakers will include: Patty Clark, State Director of Kansas, USDA Rural Development; Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO, Kansas Action for Children; Shawna Chapman, senior analyst, Kansas Health Institute; Sen. Jim Denning, Kansas Senate District 8, Overland Park; and Rep. Melissa Rooker, Kansas House District 25, Fairway.

The conference will conclude with a luncheon panel on economic inequality and growth. Panelists will be Brad DeLong, professor of economics, University of California, Berkeley, and a staff member with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and Tim Kane, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Donna Ginther, professor of economics at the University of Kansas and director of the Center for Science, Technology and Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, will moderate the luncheon session.

Registration for the conference is $55 at the conference websiteThe full agenda is provided online.


Missouri Budget Project to Host a Missouri Forum

The Missouri Budget Project will bring their policy dialogue to Kansas City on Monday, October 19, for a release of new policy analyses that assess Missouri’s investments in public services, and examine the impact of decreased state investment in those services. The Invest in Missouri forum is scheduled for 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Speakers will include:

  • Norma Collins, Board Member, Missouri Budget Project
  • Erin Brower, Board Member, Raise Your Hand For Kids
  • Dr. Mike Reik, Superintendent, Platte County R-3 School District
  • Chad Moore, JD, MHA, Sr. Director, Payor Relations & ICS Operations, Children’s Mercy-Kansas City/Children’s Mercy Integrated Care Solutions
  • Brian Colby, Director of Policy and Outreach, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance

Invest in Missouri Registration information


Supporting “Good Jobs” in the Human Services Sector

United Community Services of Johnson County will offer a “Good Jobs” workshop on Monday, November 16, to help the human services professionals become providers of “good jobs” characterized by a living wage, health benefits, predictable work schedules, paid time off, earned sick leave, strong work/life balance and advancement opportunities. A cohort of human service nonprofit agencies will participate in three workshops where they will be equipped to plan and implement “good jobs” in their organizations. The workshops are designated for executive directors or human resource directors. Contact kathrynm@ucsjoco.org to learn more.