Friday, May 18, 2012
Nine Kansas communities will receive financial help to support local community health assessment efforts.
The grants are funded by the Kansas Rural Health Options Project (KRHOP), a public-private partnership of not-for-profit and government organizations including KDHE’s Bureau of Community Health Systems, KHA, Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services and Kansas Medical Society.
KRHOP funding supports health care providers and hospitals to address the health needs of the community. These health assessments could result in the enhancement a local system of transportation for getting residents to health appointments; organizing more diabetic support groups; or building a stronger partnership to plan for and apply for funding to develop a safety net clinic.
KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D. said it is important for rural communities to partner with their hospitals to effectively address public health needs.
"KDHE is committed to supporting those initiatives through investments like this where communities are not just taking a closer, comprehensive look at their health indicators but are focused on partnering to help leverage available resources," Moser said.
The following counties are receiving KRHOP grants: Anderson, Gove, Harper, Kingman, Pawnee, Potawatomie, Rooks, Sherman, and Smith. Each county will receive $3,000.
This is the second group of communities in Kansas this year to receive funding for the same projects.