Kansas Head Start Association receives $73,000 grant from Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

December 19, 2013

CONTACT: Erick J. Vaughn Kansas Head Start Association evaughn@ksheadstart.org 785.865.3132

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kansas Head Start Association receives $73,000 grant from Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas Head Start Association has been awarded a $73,000 grant through the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. This money will help support and expand the Parent Health Literacy Project in the Kansas City metro area. The project educates medical practitioners who then distribute and instruct parents on how to use the book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick.

“KHSA continues to support the project because of its impact on the health literacy of families with young children living in poverty,” said Erick Vaughn, Executive Director of KHSA. “Improving parent confidence in dealing with their children’s illnesses, improving children’s health, and decreasing medical costs for families is consistent with KHSA’s mission, vision, goals, and values.”

Since the Parent Health Literacy Project began in 2010, it has trained over 300 participants from 105 sites in Kansas. Programs have been implemented in over 70 Kansas counties with over 13,000 books distributed to the sites. The project began with Head Start programs and expanded to hospitals, health departments, WIC clinics, physician offices, home visitors, and Safety Net Clinics. It focuses on uninsured and children covered through Medicaid. Evaluation results have indicated a 55 percent decrease in emergency department visits, 46 percent decrease in doctor visits, 64% fewer school days missed by children because of illness or injury, and 56 percent fewer work days missed by parents because of children’s illnesses.

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to providing leadership, advocacy, and resources to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for uninsured and underserved in their service area. Funds are prioritized for programs and activities that make demonstrable improvements in health and health care for underserved communities and populations.

Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA) is a 16-year-old private 501(c)(3) organization which serves and represents all 29 Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Kansas and works to strengthen early learning programs through advocacy, education and leadership. KHSA brings a strong history and background of providing high quality professional development opportunities and programs to its members as well as to other early learning partnerships in Kansas. For more information about this project or to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer, please visit http://www.ksheadstart.org or contact Erick Vaughn at evaughn@ksheadstart.org or 785.856.3132.

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