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David Jordan

David Jordan

David Jordan is the President of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a health philanthropy focused on improving the health of Kansans. Before joining the Health Fund, David served as the executive director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, a coalition of more than 100 organizations working to improve access to health care in Kansas. He has more than 20 years of experience leading state and national efforts focused on changing policy to improve health and reduce disparities.

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Bridging the digital divide can reduce gaps between Kansas communities

By: , and - June 23, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501, and Shannon Portillo, associate dean and professor at the University of Kansas, served as co-chairs of the Governor’s Commission on […]

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Strengthening behavioral health access will help Kansans and address far-reaching disparities

By: , and - June 2, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501, and Shannon Portillo, associate dean and professor at the University of Kansas, served as co-chairs of the Governor’s Commission on […]

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Maternal and child health are both indicators of eventual public health challenges, which is why policymakers should ensure that mothers and children have the healthiest start to life. (Getty Images)

Policy changes could address disparities for Kansas mothers and children

By: , and - May 9, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501, and Shannon Portillo, associate dean and professor at the University of Kansas, served as co-chairs of the Governor’s Commission […]

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Fiscal policy changes can begin to make Kansas more racially equitable

By: , and - March 30, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501, and Shannon Portillo, associate dean and professor at the University of Kansas, served as co-chairs of the Governor’s Commission […]

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The Commission on Racial Equity and Justice, which meets every other week, is charged with making recommendations to the governor, Legislature and local governments. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

How Kansans can address racial equity in their criminal justice system

By: , and - March 8, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka USD 501, and Shannon Portillo, associate dean and professor at the University of Kansas, served as co-chairs of the Governor’s Commission […]

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As simple as ABC: Evidence-based program improves children’s heath, parental confidence

By: and - November 9, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Katie Schoenhoff is director of programs and David Jordan is president at the Hutchinson-based United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. A child’s earliest years have a lifelong impact. Nearly […]

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Gov. Kelly signs bill extending postpartum coverage for mothers in Medicaid to 12 months, up from two months. The Kansas Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System says one in five mothers reported experiencing depression during pregnancy and one in seven mothers exhibited symptoms of postpartum depression. (Getty Images)

More than baby steps: Kansas coalition advances maternal depression screening

By: - October 14, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. David Jordan is the president of the Hutchinson-based United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. When Anjali Kansal-Rill gave birth in 2016, things did not go as planned. Anjali […]

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Kansans can play an important role in vaccine acceptance

By: - August 9, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. David Jordan is the president of the Hutchinson-based United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. Earlier this year, hope abounded that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic was in […]

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These 3 things will make rural Kansas communities healthier

By: - November 14, 2020

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. David Jordan is the president of the Hutchinson-based United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. A strong health system is critical to thriving rural communities and the health […]