The Foundation fulfills its mission by making grants to organizations and agencies that provide
services that improve the health of Wyandotte County residents, and by working collaboratively
within the community to support such efforts. To further this work, we believe in the following
• That all people should have genuine opportunities to thrive
• That our work is imbedded in relationships with and accountability to our community
• That a framework of equity and inclusion supports all decisions made within the
The Wyandotte Heath Foundation was formed in 1997 from the sale of Bethany Medical Center to a for-profit hospital corporation. The Foundation was established with approximately $37 million from this sale, and two years later received an additional $2.8 million from the Bethany Medical Center Foundation when it dissolved.
The first round of grants was made in 1999 and by the end of 2017 more than $36 million has been granted to community organizations, with Foundation assets remaining at more than $40 million.
Our grant-making efforts have made a substantial difference in enhancing access to primary health care services for persons who are uninsured or underinsured. In addition, our funding has had a positive impact on access to specialty care and dental care for Wyandotte County residents. Beyond this, the Wyandotte Health Foundation has supported a number of health prevention, intervention and education initiatives over the years, with a new current focus on reducing the incidence and impact of childhood trauma/Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the health and well-being of Wyandotte County residents.
Who We Are
The Wyandotte Health Foundation has a 15-member Board of Directors, which oversees the business of the corporation and serves as the grants committee to determine what organizations are funded and at what level. Officers include a Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Board of Directors also determines areas of focus for grants, which are currently primary care safety net clinics and initiatives to reduce the incidence and impact of childhood trauma/ Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on community health.
The Board is supported by three staff, a President/CEO, Program Officer, and Administrative Assistant, who carry out the day-to-day business of the organization and who are involved in many community health improvement initiatives such as Healthy Communities Wyandotte and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County.