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Improving the health of Kansans

The Sunflower Foundation’s people and programs are focused on helping grantees achieve their goals of creating healthier Kansans.

Our program areas reflect our commitment to be responsive to the needs of organizations doing work in Kansas. These programs help communities develop infrastructure to encourage their residents to become more physically active; help support the state’s health care safety net; help build capacity for health advocates; and help support efforts to enact policies that create an environment for healthier behaviors.

We have remained faithful to our mission to be a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans. We are also equally committed to being responsive to emerging health issues. To this end, our program areas are:

Healthy Living & Active Communities

The current Sunflower Trails program recognizes that the built environment can have a powerful impact on creating opportunities for Kansans to be physically active. The foundation partners with local community members to create safe places to bike, walk and enjoy nature.

Health Care

The Integrated Care Initiative helps bridge the gap between primary care and behavioral health care. Closing this gap is an important step in our commitment to help health care providers expand access to care and strengthen the safety net in Kansas.

One example of responding to a need was a program that recognized challenges safety net providers had with increased demand for services. Our Bridge Grant program, which ended in 2012, provided critical support for new and expanding services for medical, behavioral and dental care in community health clinics, mental health centers and public health departments.

Andy Goodman, Sunflower Speaker SeriesAdvocacy & Policy

We also recognize the incredible impact that local advocates have on the health of Kansans. Our Sunflower Advocacy program invests in strengthening the skills of those who are doing front-line work to advocate for appropriate and effective policies on behalf of their organizations and those they serve.

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Cover photo: An aerial photo of Menninger Hill in Topeka, Kansas. The Sunflower Foundation will relocate to Menninger Hill in late 2020. Our home will be located directly south of the Tower Building (pictured in this report).