Funding Available for Kansas Organizations Improving Access to Health Care in Rural and Frontier Areas

  • Grants ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 will support
    organizations that address health needs for Kansans who live in rural
    and frontier areas
  • Programs must encourage a “whole person” approach to care,
    leverage telehealth or incorporate community health workers
  • UnitedHealthcare accepting RFPs by nonprofits, Federally
    Qualified Health Centers and other organizations at
    communitygrants@uhc.com

TOPEKA, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare is now accepting proposals from community nonprofits
and government agencies aimed at improving health resources and programs
for Kansas residents living in rural and frontier areas.

The RFP was developed following a community brainstorming session that
brought together health care providers and other stakeholders from
across the state to develop strategies to address the issue. Initial
grants will range from $40,000 to $50,000 each. Funding will be provided
to programs and one-time projects for up to 12 months.

Programs and projects must meet at least one of the following priorities:

  • Integrate behavioral and physical health care systems to encourage a
    “whole person” approach to care.
  • Leverage telehealth: behavioral health specialists, primary
    care/specialists, health educators and peer support.
  • Further develop workforce/incorporate community health workers.

Kansans who live in rural and frontier areas often have to travel long
distances to see a health care provider, and limited options can make
accessing preventive, specialty and emergency care challenging. In
addition:

  • According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,
    approximately 30 percent of Kansans live in rural or frontier areas,
    with more than 80 counties established as areas with shortages of
    primary care health professionals1.
  • According to 2016
    KIDS COUNT
    data, youth in rural and frontier Kansas have a higher
    percentage of teen violent deaths, tobacco use and binge drinking
    compared to kids in urban and semi-urban Kansas.
  • In the past year, the number of Kansas children in poverty increased
    3.8 percent, according UnitedHealth Foundation’s America’s
    Health Rankings
    TM
    report.

“We recognize the health challenges facing many people living in rural
and frontier areas, and welcome the opportunity to partner with the
community to improve access to the quality health care that Kansans need
and deserve,” said Kevin Sparks, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of
Kansas.

Qualifying organizations, including Kansas-based nonprofits, Federally
Quality Health Centers (FQHCs) and public/government agencies can
receive the full RFP by contacting communitygrants@uhc.com.
Applicants that do not meet this qualification may apply in partnership
with one of the organizations listed above as the lead organization.
Proposals are due Feb. 17, 2017. Awardees will be notified by April 28,
2017.

About UnitedHealthcare
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and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
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professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
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1Primary Care Health Professional Underserved Areas Report.
2014. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Community
Health Systems Kansas Primary Care Office. http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/

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UnitedHealthcare
Garrett Kasper, 314-592-7347
garrett_kasper@uhc.com