ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (November 8, 2018) — RISE Cowley, people promoting healthy living, invites area citizens and organizations to attend its next coalition meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Arkansas City.
This meeting will be at the Senior Citizens Center, which is located at 320 South A St. in Ark City.
Sarah Bryant, director of marketing and business development at William Newton Hospital in Winfield, will share results from the 2018 Cowley County Community Health Needs Assessment.
Also, an 8-minute video will be shown to introduce partners to the concept of “tactical urbanism,” which shows strong potential for local policy change. For parents or just citizens who are concerned about traffic safety, especially for pedestrians and bicyclists, this project idea may be of special interest.
You do not have to be a current RISE Cowley partner to attend this meeting. Representatives of any Cowley County business, governmental agency or nonprofit organization may attend to learn more.
Those who might benefit most from the meeting, however, include any of the following industries:
Local grocery store(s) and food retail locations, such as gas stations, dollar or corner stores;
Restaurant owners and caterers;
Health care providers, including physicians, dentists, pharmacies and chiropractors;
Any employers — large or small — that are interested in saving money on insurance premiums and helping their employees to improve their overall health and wellness.
As milestones are met throughout the course of the three-year Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant program, Cowley County will become eligible for additional, non-competitive implementation grants and achievement grants. Implementation grants are designed to assist with the actions taken by an organization to complete a Pathways goal. Achievement grants are intended to reward an organization for meeting the goal of a pathway. The implementation grant and achievement grant funds available total up to $400,000 for the entire county, in additional to an initial $100,000 grant of coordination funds.
About RISE Cowley
RISE Cowley is a coalition of like-minded organizations dedicated to working to make Cowley County a healthier place to live, work and play. Our communities share the traits of passion, perseverance and pride.
RISE Cowley seeks to promote healthy lifestyles by collaborating to raise awareness and encourage involvement for all residents of Cowley County. RISE stands for “Raising awareness, Improving health, Supporting collaboration and Energizing communities.”
In 2017, Cowley County was selected as one of eight Kansas communities in the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas through a grant facilitated by RISE Cowley. For more information, visit www.risecowley.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Pathways to a Healthy Kansas
Pathways to a Healthy Kansas is the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The Pathways program provides 16 community coalitions with the tools and resources needed to remove barriers and engage their communities in ways that enable healthy eating and tobacco-free, active living to become a way of life.
The Pathways grant funding for each community includes a $100,000 coordination grant, along with the opportunity to apply for non-competitive implementation and achievement grants totaling $400,000.
For more information about Pathways to a Healthy Kansas, visit www.bcbsks.com/pathways.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
For more than 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members to improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars.
BCBSKS is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte counties. For more information, visit www.bcbsks.com.