The Sunflower Foundation joined Amerigroup, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development, and Honor Capital to launch the Anchor Mobile Food Market -- an innovative public-private partnership to address food insecurity in our rural communities. It is estimated that 1 in 6 Kansans is affected by food insecurity, even though they live in the nation’s breadbasket. In fact, Feeding America reports that more than 138,000 Kansas children are food insecure, partly because more than half of the 675 incorporated towns in Kansas do not have a grocery store.
The four tribes in Kansas came together five years ago—for the first time in collective memory—to work on ways to improve their communities’ health. “It’s very difficult to improve upon all of," our tribes' needs,” said Kickapoo Councilman Russell Bradley. "But by networking resources, we are helping each other find the best path. I think the Tribal Health Summit has helped with that."
Gage Park is one of our state capital’s oldest and largest public green spaces, with more than a million visitors each year. Until recently, it hasn’t had many trails to safely get people from one part to another, whether by foot, wheelchair, or bike. But that is changing.
We are proud to announce the Advocacy Fellowship Class of 2018. Over the coming year, this multi-sector class of 15 nonprofit leaders from across Kansas will further improve their advocacy skills, with a special emphasis on civil discourse and finding common ground to address issues of public concern.
The Sunflower Foundation, in collaboration with the Kansas Health Institute, has released a new report on the rise of stress-related deaths in Kansas. Researcher Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, from the Virginia Commonwealth University-Center on Society and Health (VCU) examined rising mortality in Kansas, mapping the specific counties in which mortality rates are changing, documenting the characteristics of the population where troubling trends are occurring, and clarifying the specific causes of death that appear to be responsible. The analysis includes a special focus on stress-related conditions, such as deaths from suicide, alcoholism, and drug overdoses.