Wyandotte Health Foundation Awards $500,000 in Grants

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From Wyandotte Health Foundation:

Kansas City, KS - The Wyandotte Health Foundation (WHF) has awarded five local non-profit organizations a total of $500,000 through its 'Behavioral Health Services for Families in Trauma' grant cycle and its new 'Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Trauma' grant cycle, all aimed at reducing and mitigating the effects of trauma in the community.  This is the first year the Foundation has awarded grants under the ‘Cross-Sector Collaboration’ grant in an effort to support a multi-sector approach to building a more resilient Wyandotte County.  WHF believes that this approach will help reduce the incidence and impact of childhood trauma.

"The Foundation's Board of Directors identified childhood trauma several years ago as a significant issue that impacts not just the physical and mental health of Wyandotte Countians, but their socioeconomic status as well" said Cathy Harding, President & CEO, "In fact, most of the factors contributing to poor health outcomes are socioeconomic in nature.  We're grateful to the organizations who submitted applications that we believe will result in a healthier community over time."

The following “Behavioral Health Service for Families in Trauma” Grants were awarded:

  • The Family Conservancy, $43,100 for support for hiring a bilingual provider to provide bilingual therapy sessions in Wyandotte County.

  • KU Endowment - BullDoc Clinic, $50,000 to provide screening and treatment of Adverse Childhood Experiences to students at both Wyandotte & J.C. Harmon High Schools.

  • PACES, Inc., $69,760 for Support to hire an Outreach Specialist to guide families seeking behavioral health services.

  • Turner House Clinic, Inc. (Vibrant Health), $87,140 to increase access and quality of integrated behavioral healthcare, including trauma sensitive practices. 

The following “Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Trauma” Grant was awarded:

  • Wyandot, Inc., $250,000 to expand the network of support of Alive and Thrive via community wide process including enacting strategies aimed to prevent trauma and promote healing.  Funds will support hiring a full-time Alive and Thrive Coordinator, employ ‘resilience champions’ and build a grassroots movement through trauma informed partners.

Jason Norbury