Kansas Health Institute: A Conversion Foundation Provides Financial Stability

State Forums Partnership Program

Dates of Project: January 1999 to December 2006

Field of Work: Informing state policymakers about complex health issues affecting their states.

Synopsis of the Work: The State Forums Partnership Program was a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that enabled seven states to establish health policy forums programs that provided timely, nonpartisan information and analysis to help state policy-makers make informed decisions about complex health care issues affecting their states. Kansas was one of the participating states.

As described in this sidebar, from 2000 to 2004, the Kansas Health Institute enhanced its capacity to help state legislators make more informed decisions about health care by hosting nine forums that provided 414 stakeholders with a neutral setting for balanced, nonpartisan dialogue. Forum topics included children's health insurance and options for increasing access to prescription drugs. The Kansas Health Institute also provided policy information to legislators in other settings, such as informal Brown Bag Health Policy Lunches.