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Project Eagle

Project Eagle is a major division of the Department of Pediatrics, within the School of Medicine, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Project Eagle manages multiple home-based and center-based early childhood education and comprehensive family support programs in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Project Eagle’s mission is to respond to the particular needs of the community’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families.

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In early April of 2017, Project Eagle was awarded a $105,000 grant by the Wyandotte Health Foundation in partnership with the REACH Healthcare Foundation ($100,000) to implement a home visiting program developed by the University of Delaware, the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) initiative. ABC is a 12-week home visitation program that targets several key issues that have been identified as problematic among children who have experienced early maltreatment and/or disruptions in care.

These young children often behave in ways that push caregivers away. The first intervention component helps caregivers to re-interpret children’s behavioral signals so that they provide nurturance even when it is not elicited. Nurturance does not come naturally to many caregivers, but children who have experienced early adversity especially need nurturing care. Thus, the intervention helps caregivers provide nurturing care even if it does not come naturally. Second, many children who have experienced early adversity are dysregulated behaviorally and biologically. The second intervention component helps caregivers provide a responsive, predictable environment that enhances young children’s behavioral and regulatory capabilities. The intervention helps caregivers follow their children’s lead with delight. The third intervention component helps caregivers decrease behaviors that could be overwhelming or frightening to a young child.

This program has been proven highly effective at minimizing the effects of early childhood trauma on a child’s physical and emotional development by decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the infant’s brain. Cortisol, although highly effective in a stressful ‘fight or flight’ temporary situation, damages brain development if present in high levels over time. Significant research shows that children raised in this ‘toxic stress’ environment are much more likely to adopt unhealthy behaviors later in life resulting in chronic diseases such as diabetes, certain types of cancers, heart disease, and others.

Project Eagle is housed at the Children’s Campus of Kansas City (CCKC), 444 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66101. The CCKC is the result of a successful public-private partnership in which private dollars financed the construction of a state-of-the-art facility where agencies, sustained by public dollars, provide quality programming for children and families on a bedrock of research and evidenced-based practices.

Current Grant Awards

Childhood Trauma
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc. (Project Eagle)

Amount Awarded: $105,000

Project Eagle will implement an evidenced based, home visitation initiative, Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), which is a 12-week intervention. Funding will support hiring of a parent coach and program support.

Wyandotte Health Department

Amount Awarded: $25,000

$15,480 – Trauma-Informed Care, to provide workforce development training to all health department employees and community partners on Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and trauma-informed systems of care.

$9,520 – Healthy Communities Wyandotte’s Alive & Thrive Action Team support in planning educational and informational events about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Primary Health Care Award Recipients
Caritas Clinics (Duchesne Clinic)  

Amount Awarded: $165,000

This grant will support the provision of medical care and associated support services for underserved residents of Wyandotte County.

Children’s Mercy West Cordell D. Meeks, Jr. Clinic

Amount Awarded: $45,214

Children’s Mercy West is a pediatric clinic which provides primary care including social services to an underserved population in Wyandotte County

KU Endowment: BullDoc Clinic  

Amount Awarded: $40,000

This program will expand the capacity of the BullDoc Clinic beyond health care and basic mental health screening to include screening ACEs and social determinants of health needs and promote trauma-informed care among health care, social, and educational providers at Wyandotte High School.

Kansas City CARE Clinic

Amount Awarded: $10,000

The Kansas City CARE clinic provides patient-centered medical care to low-income and uninsured adults for acute and chronic diseases.

Turner House Children’s Clinic (for Silver City Health Center campus)

Amount Awarded: $130,000

Silver City Health Center provides culturally appropriate care including preventive care and chronic disease management.

JayDoc Free Clinic

Amount Awarded: $6,000

JayDoc Free Clinic is a student-run free clinic which provides preventive and urgent care to the uninsured/underinsured in the community; JayDoc provides specialty clinics including Diabetes Night, Women’s Health and Dental Night.

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Inc. 

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Samuel U Rodgers Health Center provides health care services for Wyandotte County residents at any access point including access to medical, dental and behavioral health care to both children and adults.

Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care

Amount Awarded: $212,000

Family Health Care provides primary care medical services including specialty care of infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis and other chronic diseases such as MS and cancer. Family Health Care also provides wellness and comprehensive prenatal and delivery care through the Maternal Options that Matter program.

Swope Health Services

Amount Awarded: $140,000

Swope Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center which provides quality, comprehensive primary care and dental services to all age groups in Wyandotte County.

Turner House Children’s Clinic, Inc.

Amount Awarded: $184,275

Turner House Children’s Clinic provides primary health care and dental services to underserved children in Wyandotte County; services include preventive care, well-child exams, immunizations, and dental services among others. In addition, Turner House Children’s Clinic will provide a school based oral health program.

Unified Government Public Health Department

Amount Awarded: $119,570

The UG Public Health Department increases access to radiology services to the underinsured residents of Wyandotte County by partnering with the area safety net clinics to provide vouchers for patients to receive appropriate radiology services.

Special Initiatives
Wyandotte County Health Department

Amount Awarded: $10,575

Healthy Communities Wyandotte communications support


Wyandotte Economic Development Council)

Amount Awarded: $10,000

For its Workforce Solutions initiative to improve job opportunities for Wyandotte County residents and its leadership on the Wyandotte County Community Health Improvement Plan’s “Jobs and Education” goal (final year of a three-year project).

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

Amount Awarded: $10,000

For its partnership with Cultivate KC’s Double Up Food Bucks program (final year of a three-year project)

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, Topeka, KS

Amount Awarded: $25,000

$15,000 – Health Reform Resource Project: Funded in partnership with the Kansas Grantmakers in Health (Kansas Health Foundation (Wichita), REACH Healthcare Foundation (Merriam), Sunflower Foundation (Topeka), Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO), and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Hutchinson). The goal of the project is to enhance access, quality and value of health services for Kansans.

$10,000 – Kansas Alliance for a Healthy Kansas: Funded in partnership with the Kansas Grantmakers in Health. This statewide coalition includes hundreds of organizations with a share vision to encourage people and organizations to promote policies aimed at assuring everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. A current goal is KanCare (Medicaid) expansion in Kansas.

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Applications will be reviewed by the Wyandotte Health Foundation Board of Directors who will determine grant awards, including level of funding.