Area partners invited to RISE Cowley coalition meeting Sept. 11

Grant coordinators will present annual update and preview 2nd year of survey

BURDEN, Kan. (September 5, 2018) — RISE Cowley, people promoting healthy living, invites area citizens and organizations to attend its next coalition meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Burden.

This meeting will be at Burden City Hall, which is located at 401 N. Main St. (just south of U.S. 160).

Charissa Wall, Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant co-coordinator for RISE Cowley, will provide an annual update and also preview the launch of the second year of our community perception survey.

Last year, more than 1,300 people participated in the first survey, which is a requirement of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas as part of the Pathways grant process. This year’s survey will be shorter.

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/or other food retail locations, such as gas stations, dollar stores and 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, click here 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


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