Jan. 14, 2010
30 Community Health Centers Receive Grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
Thirty primary care and community health centers providing care for underserved Kansans shared $30,000 in end-of-the-year grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, according to Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the Foundation.
“These clinics continue to do a wonderful job of providing access to health care for uninsured and underinsured Kansans,” Wegener said. “In these tough economic times we know their budgets are stretched thin as they serve an increasing number of clients, making it more challenging to meet the needs of their respective communities. That is why the Foundation’s board of directors decided to provide a $1,000 grant to each clinic, in the hopes that it would help them in their efforts to serve Kansans.”
The 30 clinics that received grants are: Atchison Community Health Clinic, Atchison; Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg; Community Health Ministry Clinic, Wamego; Family Life Center/Family Mental Health Center, Riverton; First Care Clinic, Hays; Flint Hills Community Clinic, Manhattan; Flint Hills Community Health Center, Emporia; Health Ministries Clinic, Newton; Heart of Kansas Family Health Care, Great Bend; Konza Prairie Community Health Center, Junction City; Marian Clinic, Topeka; Mercy Health Systems: Cherryvale and Pleasanton Rural Health Clinics, Cherryvale; Montgomery County Community Clinic, Independence; PrairieStar Health Center, Hutchinson; Rawlins County Dental Clinic, Rawlins; Salina Family Health Care Center, Salina; St. Gianna Health Clinic, Kingman; United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries, Garden City; Wallace/Greeley County Health Services, Sharon Springs; in Lawrence, Douglas County Dental Clinic, Health Care Access and Heartland Medical Clinic at Leo Center; and, in Wichita, Center for Health & Wellness, E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic, Good Samaritan Health Ministries, GraceMed Health Clinic; Guadalupe Clinic; Healthy Options for Kansas Communities, Hunter Health Clinic and Mother Mary Anne Clinic.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation was incorporated in July 2005 by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas to further strengthen its role in promoting the good health of Kansans. The foundation focuses its giving on key health issues that can impact the lives of many Kansans, funding programs which are, at their core, health-related. The foundation seeks out programs that promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The BCBSKS Foundation and BCBSKS serve all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
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