Who: Kim Moore, president, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.
Bio: Moore was a partner in the Foulston, Siefkin, Powers and Eberhardt law firm in Wichita in 1987 when he found an advertisement for the president’s position at the newly-created United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in Hutchinson. The health fund was established in 1986 with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Wesley Hospital in Wichita.
“I wanted to do something else, and it looked like something where I could find a different purpose for what I was doing,” he said.
Experience with tax-exempt organizations in his law practice prepared him for the health fund’s role as a grant-maker. His legal knowledge also comes into play when developing grant agreements.
He characterizes himself an extrovert and said his job at the foundation better suits his personality.
“It’s more of an ‘out-and-about’ situation than I had as a lawyer,” he said.
One of the organization’s primary goals is improving oral health across the state. This year, it matched the $500,000 appropriated by the Kansas Legislature to create “dental hubs” or oral health centers at the state’s safety-net clinics. The Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation also gave $500,000 to the effort, making a total of $1.5 million for the project.
“Our hope is that we can develop regional dental programs so every Kansan will live in some reasonable distance from a safety-net dental provider,” Moore said. “That’s a critical piece of work, if we are going to advance oral health in Kansas.”
The health fund is also watching state health reform efforts, including studies underway by the Kansas Health Policy Authority and its advisory councils for recommendations it will make to the governor and legislators in November for major health care reform.
“I think the most pressing issue is to nurture health care reform in Kansas,” he said. “We want to be supportive of the authority, want them to make good recommendations, and want to be supportive of the public will. They’ve tapped into a broad base of Kansans.”
Moore, 58, grew up in Longton in Elk County. He graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, where he studied history and political science. He earned his law degree at Washburn University. He is married to Cindy Moore. They live in Hutchinson and have three adult children.
Interconnects: Moore is a member of the Oral Health Policy Group and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Access Planning Steering Committee for the state of Kansas; he is on the boards of Grantmakers in Health in Washington, D.C.; Oral Health Kansas in Topeka; and the Reno County Historical Society. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson and serves on the church’s administrative council.
Contact: Telephone: (620) 662-8586
Fax: (620) 662-8597
Address: PO Box 1384, Hutchinson, KS 67504-1384