2018 Annual Report2018 Grants & Initiatives

Supporting public policies aimed at improving the health of Kansans and supporting or developing efforts of nonprofit organizations to advocate for such policies on behalf of the populations they serve.

KC Healthy Kids
Funding to help build capacity for policy priorities related to increased access to healthy foods, particularly among vulnerable families and children, through a the reduction in state food sales tax. 

Kansas Action for Children, Inc.
Funds to support public opinion research and tax policy research with the intent of better understanding of how Kansans perceive and understand current tax policy, especially in regards to food sales tax.

Promoting and supporting efforts to improve the physical environment of where we live, work and play—to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
Funding to resurface 3.4 miles of the 10-foot-wide Armourdale Levee trail, trail promotion, outreach and development of a trail coalition.

Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas
Funding to support the development of the ABC Master Trail/Active Transportation Plan for Southeast Kansas, a collaborative community process among Allen, Bourbon and Crawford counties, with the overall goal of increasing physical activity by strategically mapping the existing and future opportunities for trails, shared paths and multi-use roads.

City of Baldwin
Funding to support the planning efforts for a two-county, 11.8-mile rail-with-trail running alongside the Midland Railway tracks between Ottawa and Baldwin City.  Grant funds will be used for technical assistance for planning, fundraising strategies, promotion/marketing and community engagement.

Kansas Trails Council
Funding to support the capacity-building and coordination of trail builders and trail stakeholders across Kansas, especially in rural areas, by organizing/hosting regional meetings; synthesizing data as part of the strategic trail building plan and developing an online communications platform and resource/database to facilitate communication and coordination among existing and future trail champions.

Developing core organizational skills and capabilities in order to increase effectiveness, impact and sustainability.

Health Ministries Clinic
Funding to support a national consultant to assess the organization’s current infrastructure and systems and recommend improvements to support expansion of the clinic’s operations.

El Centro of Topeka
Funding to enhance community outreach efforts, including training of staff and board, to better meet the needs of clients.

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved
Funding to support the organization’s strategic direction to ensure the association is representing its membership appropriately.

Kansas Public Health Association
Funding to support planning and strategy development on how to engage KPHA’s board, membership and critical stakeholders. Funds will also support development and dissemination of targeted messaging around Public Health 3.0 through the association’s annual conference, website and other social media channels.

Supporting the efforts of rural communities to increase access to healthy, affordable food through the pilot program H.E.R.O. (Healthy Eating, Rural Opportunities).  

Thrive Allen County, Inc.
Funding to support the Marmaton Market Co-op in efforts to convert an older grocery store into a new community-owned co-op with an emphasis on fresh, healthy, locally-sourced food. 

Southern Plains Tribal Health Board
Funding to 1) increase healthy cooking/nutrition education and outreach across all four Native nations; and 2) catalyze efforts to increase overall food access and sovereignty among Kansas tribal populations by strengthening internal and external partnerships and expanding opportunities for long-term funding. 

Stafford County Economic Development
Funding to support development and construction of a “community health room” as part of the new Stafford County Marketplace. The health room serves as a public meeting room and education/activity center (e.g., nutrition classes, group exercise) in order to directly serve community needs.

Cowley County Economic Development
Funding to support community engagement and nutrition education efforts related to the mobile grocery truck pilot project in Cowley County, including the use of local coordinators, innovative marketing around healthy food and ongoing evaluation and sharing of lessons learned.

Community Enhancement Foundation of Plains
Funding to support the nonprofit grocery store’s community kitchen, which will be used for nutrition education, group meal preparation, local food entrepreneurs and part of the store’s business plan to reduce food waste. 

Eat Well Crawford County
Funding to 1) support construction of a “high tunnel” to extend the growing season for local produce; and 2) program development/implementation to teach students how to grow, prepare, market and distribute vegetables at the community level. 

Douglas County Extension Council
Funds to support the participation of grantees and other statewide partners, as well as the dissemination of learnings, in “Harvesting Opportunity,” a regional symposium on the intersection of local food, health and economic potential led by national trainers from the Federal Reserve and USDA.

Supporting primary care and behavioral health safety net systems that endeavor to move toward integrated service delivery models, efforts include provider and clinician education, peer collaboration, technical assistance, readiness assessments and planning, model implementation and sustainment and payment reform.

Hunter Health Clinic
Funding to support the organization’s expanded integrated care initiative including the dental health clinic and extended care clinic.

Vibrant Health
Funding to support the leadership of Vibrant Health to attend the Cherokee Health Systems training on integrating primary and mental health care delivery.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
Funding to support sustaining primary and mental health care integration including staffing, training and professional education.

Douglas County
Funding to support Douglas County, Heartland Community Health Center and Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) to pilot a formal follow-up and ongoing treatment model for individuals who experience a behavioral health crisis and seek care through the LMH Emergency Department.  Additional funds will support the implementation of a community needs assessment to better understand psychiatric care needs across the local health care delivery system.

Sedgwick County                                                    
Funding to support a planning process in Sedgwick County to redesign the local system of care to expand access to behavioral health services. Funds will support the cost of a county position to assist in coordinating relevant stakeholder groups, plan and facilitate partner and community meetings and serve as a liaison to county leaders

Flint Hills Community Health Center              
Funding to support primary and mental health care integration, including staffing, training and professional education.

Supporting research, education, public engagement, communications and other efforts aimed at advancing Sunflower Foundation’s mission.

Kansas Action for Children, Inc.
Funding for KAC executive leadership development in the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s National Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed for seasoned social change leaders to move to the highest level of personal and collective effectiveness.

Kansas Food Bank
Funding to expand cold storage infrastructure and volunteer workspace. Increasing cold storage allows Kansas Food Bank to procure and store greater amounts of produce; increasing workspace allows more volunteers to safely sort and pack fresh produce for delivery.

Grantmakers in Health
Funding to support the programming, professional development and networking in the area of “HEAL” (Healthy Eating, Active Living) in order to improve grantmaking and better serve communities striving to create healthier environments.

Center for Practical Bioethics
Funding to examine elder abuse in Kansas and engage stakeholders, consumers, advocates and content experts to develop strategies and recommendations to address and prevent the issue.

Topeka Community Foundation
Funding to support the Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH) opportunity fund for projects focused on health reform, enhancing access to care, improving quality of care and health outcomes and reducing growth in healthcare costs.  Funds will also support outreach and education on the Affordable Care Act and other health system changes.

American Heart Association - Midwest Affiliate
Funding to support the participation of a Kansas tribal delegation in a national conference on tribal health, economic development and leadership. Participants shared learnings from the Kansas Tribal Health Summit Planning Committee and attended workshops and networking events to bring back new information to Kansas.

Kansas Association of Community Action Programs, Inc. (KACAP)
Funding to support workshop and training fees associated with the 2018 Kansas Conference on Poverty and for KACAP training at the 2018 annual Kansas Library Association conference. 

Kansas Health Institute
Funding to support meeting expenses for speakers and stakeholders attending the Rising Stress-Related Deaths in Kansas public conference event.

Wichita State University  
Community Engagement Institute
Funding to support the 2018 Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium allowing community health workers (CHWs) from across the state to attend the only statewide forum for CHWs in Kansas free of charge.

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
Funding to support access to healthcare for all Kansans through the expansion of KanCare and a multi-sector coalition working to educate the public, policymakers and key stakeholders in communities statewide.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Health Promotion    
Funding to support the Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to enhance data collection and expand access to county and regional data for use by Kansas nonprofits and communities. The self-reported data collected through the BRFSS pertains to individual health risk behaviors such as tobacco use, physical activity and diet, access to health care and the treatment of chronic health conditions and the use of preventative health services.


Sunflower Advocacy Fellowship and Network 2018
A non-partisan education and training program that helps nonprofit and community leaders develop the understanding, experience and expertise they need to become even more powerful voices for the Kansans they serve. 

Sunflower Advocacy in Health Speaker Series  
As part of its focus on advocacy, the Sunflower Foundation hosts periodic public presentations to help nonprofit leaders develop and strengthen their skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their organizations and those they serve. Emphasis is on collaborative learning and civil discourse.