Pathways to a Healthy Kansas

Phase 2 Request for Applications Now Open

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) is requesting applications for the second phase of our Pathways to a Healthy Kansas community grants. The four-year grants are aimed at improving healthy lifestyles and creating healthy places using a community-wide approach and will run from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2024.

Funded communities will work across sectors that are a part of residents' everyday lives to create healthy places where people can be active, live well, come together, and ultimately improve quality of life now and for future generations.

The funding opportunity is offering a maximum of 24 communities across the BCBSKS service area a four-year Coordination Grant of up to $200,000 ($50,000 per year over four years). In addition, communities that are awarded the Coordination Grant will be eligible to apply for non-competitive Implementation Grants as they meet the goals of the initiative. Newly funded communities will be eligible for up to $300,000, while communities previously funded in Phase 1 of Pathways will be eligible for up to $200,000 for Implementation Grants.

Why the Focus on Healthy Lifestyles and Environments?

Living an active lifestyle, eating a healthy diet and staying free of commercial tobacco are three behaviors critical to reducing risk for serious health conditions. Public health data tells us that too many Kansans do not routinely practice these healthy behaviors, which puts them at risk for developing one or more chronic diseases. Currently eight of the 10 leading causes of death in Kansas are from chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Infographic showing Kansas healthy eating, active living and tobacco use statistics.

Healthy behaviors are influenced by community culture, policies, systems and the environments in which we live. The conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play, known as the social determinants of health (SDOH) affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. By focusing on these foundations of community health, we have the opportunity to improve the culture, policies, systems, and environments that drive healthy behaviors and thus improve health outcomes.

To help fight preventable diseases, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is committed to partnering with communities to build pathways to health that allow all Kansans to embrace healthy lifestyles.