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Congratulations to St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City (KS), which today publicly celebrated their December 2017 recognition as a Baby-Friendly facility. St. Catherine was only the second hospital in Kansas to achieve that designation, following Wesley Medical Center in Wichita and joined in January by Shawnee Mission Medical Center. St. Catherine has long sought to provide the best evidence-based breastfeeding support, participating since 2013 in the Health Fund's High 5 f...or Mom & Baby program. In 2015, St. Catherine took the next steps toward Baby-Friendly designation with help from the CDC EMPower Breastfeeding program and a $20,000 Health Fund grant to support work toward designation. Built around 10 proven best practices, Baby-Friendly is widely considered the 'gold standard' of hospital-based breastfeeding support for optimal maternal and infant health.…/st-catherine-hosting-baby-frien…

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St. Catherine Hospital's Maternal Child Center is inviting the pubic to a come-and-go reception Monday celebrating the hospital being recognized as a Baby
High Plains Mental Health Center, in partnership with the United Methodist Health Fund, is providing complimentary, premium memberships to for every person in High Plains’ 20 County Ca

Great article about the Health Fund in Greater Kansas MDNews on retired president Kim Moore, new president David Jordan, and the work of the Fund.…

For the first time in its history, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has had a leadership change. Kim Moore, the fund’s first president, retired at the end of January. David Jordan, former executive director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, is the new president.

Sharing an informative KU article on toxic stress and the ABC intervention being piloted in five Kansas sites through the #neuronurtureks project. Trained providers work in-home with parents over 10 weeks, teaching them play-based strategies to nurture, engage with, and build attachment with their children - helping to regulate cortisol and to prevent the lifelong health problems caused by toxic stress.…/ku-researchers-part-project-combat-str…

See how KU researchers are helping keep babies safe and healthy

Our children are our future – and their future depends on us and the choices we make today. The early years of development build the foundation and set the path for each child’s success in life. Investing in early childhood development not only helps children reach their full potential but also is a wise investment of our resources as a society. Each dollar invested delivers 7:1 or greater returns through increased lifetime earnings; reduced health care and mortality costs; and savings to public systems including K-12 education, public assistance, child welfare, and the justice system. Learn more at:

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NeuroNurture KS

What yields a $7 return for every $1 invested in Kansas? Science-based early childhood intervention. #neuronurtureks #earlychildhood #ksleg

In a Health Affairs blog post published today, our retiring president Kim Moore shares sage advice on strategic philanthropy gleaned from his 30+ years of experience. Some key points:
Remain a learner and avoid certainty; a healthy self-doubt is a tremendous asset.
Start with a clear strategic vision, then select the best approach for each challenge.
Always keep focus, but be ready to pivot as you learn more.
Find a major problem to grapple with, passionately, over an extended time. Read more at:…/…/hblog20180122.808879/full/

We're excited about #NeuroNurtureKS because we can see that it works! One Hutchinson family shared this with us yesterday: “My daughter, husband, and I absolutely love this program! It has been very helpful for us first time parents to know what it means to read her signals and to follow her lead. I believe this program can truly help any parent to create a better bond with their child/children. One thing that I thought was really helpful was the videos. We were shown di...fferent videos of how a child was acting and how the parent responded. We were asked: what did we see and what happened, and then also how would we react. The only thing I hated about this program is that it’s only ten weeks long!! I have been telling all my new parent friends about this program and how it’s helped us. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.”

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NeuroNurture KS

Can 10 hours change the future of Kansas? Science says yes. We are piloting Attachment Bio-Behavorial Catch-Up (ABC) in 35 Kansas Counties. Learn more at https:...// #NeuroNurture

Our pilot sites include: Horizons Mental Health Center, Russell Child Development Center, Project Eagle, Northwest Kansas Council on Substance Abuse, and Rainbows United, Inc.

Thanks to our funding partners United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Kansas Health Foundation, Wyandotte Health Foundation, and Hutchinson Community Foundation.

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Hutchinson News article quoting Kim Moore​ highlights the continued challenges Kansas faces around access to oral health care.…/need-for-dental-access-persists-…

What Hutchinson will witness when the Kansas Mission of Mercy takes place Feb. 9-10 on the Kansas State Fairgrounds will be an outpouring of charity

Hutchinson News article quoting Kim Moore highlights the continued challenges Kansas faces around access to oral health care.…/need-for-dental-access-persists-…

What Hutchinson will witness when the Kansas Mission of Mercy takes place Feb. 9-10 on the Kansas State Fairgrounds will be an outpouring of charity
On November 27th, the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas will be hosting an Expand KanCare community event in Hutchinson — and we want you to be there!

Our president Kim Moore is retiring in early 2018 after more than 30 years of dedicated service to improving health for Kansans. We are hosting a public reception honoring Kim's service next Tuesday, November 28 from 2-5 p.m. at Main Street Event, 2 North Main, Hutchinson. We hope you will join us for this special time for Kim. Remarks at 4 p.m.
No RSVP is necessary; please email with any questions.
If you would like to honor Kim on the occasion of his retirement, a scholarship has been established in his name at Southwestern College, Winfield. The Health Fund Board of Directors will match all contributions (up to $10,000) received by December 20th. Checks payable to Southwestern College may be brought to the reception or mailed to the Health Fund at PO Box 1384, Hutchinson, KS 67504-1384.


Happy National Rural Health Day! Sustainable rural health systems are critical to both quality of life and the long term viability of our rural communities. Last year, our president Kim Moore blogged about the need for innovative solutions and our support for exploration of new models of health care delivery tailored to the assets, opportunities, and challenges unique to rural and frontier communities. #tbt #powerofrural

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Our friends at HCFGKC are addressing food insecurity, a problem affecting one in five Kansas children -- including more than 51,000 in the KC metro area alone – and one in seven Kansans overall. Silent yet pervasive, inadequate nutrition caused by food insecurity negatively affects brain development, school readiness and learning performance, as well as children’s physical and social development. Children living in food insecure households may also be more likely to develop chronic diseases through effects of frequent and prolonged #toxicstress. Learn more about the problems and costs caused by food insecurity and what you can do to help.

We couldn't agree more with Kansas Public Health Association's award of the 2017 Samuel J. Crumbine Medal to our president Kim Moore. Congratulations, Kim!

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Amanda 'Moore' Keller added 2 new photos — with Kim Moore at Manhattan Hilton Garden Inn.

So proud of my dad, Kim Moore as he received the Samuel Crumbine award for public health in Kansas this morning.

Partners in NeuroNurture KS presented Growing State-Wide Capacity to Reduce Toxic Stress in Families at day 2 of the Kansas Public Health Association conference in Manhattan this morning. The session provided a description of the ABC (Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up) early childhood intervention to reduce the risk of toxic stress in high-risk families, along with evidence of the promise of this public health intervention, local implementation plans at the 5 Kansas sites..., and evaluation designs. Lead evaluator Amy Mendenhall, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, (left) shared measures and metrics used to determine intervention efficacy. With Dawn Downes, REACH Healthcare Foundation; Katie Schoenhoff, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund; Carolyn Williams, Kansas Health Foundation; and Randy Lopez, Wyandotte Health Foundation.

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