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Five Kansas organizations received more than $5 million in 2014 funding for their projects to combat chronic disease.
The 14 members of the fellowship class attended six three-day sessions, where they learned how to be advocate for the Kansans they serve.
A report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government says federal tax policy changes are the main cause of revenue declines in many states, but Kansas and Alaska are exceptions.
The grants were among $99 million disbursed by HHS under a plan aimed at reducing gun violence, increasing access to mental health services and making schools safer.
The five-year grant will help bolster a Geary County project known as Delivering Change.
Oliverius and the other advisory council members are charged with bringing together business leaders, employers, educators, trained professionals and other stakeholders from each economic sector to address the diverse challenges and opportunities for growth in each industry.
Staff on the five-year project will work with community mental health centers to expand employment services for Kansans with mental illness at Comcare in Wichita and the Compass Behavioral Health Center in Southwest Kansas.
Democrat Dennis Anderson is seeking to succeed Republican Sandy Praeger as the state’s insurance regulator. He’s running against Ken Selzer, the GOP nominee.
Cyzman most recently has been a vice president for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
The "Community Conversation on Health" will include KC metro residents who are uninsured, medically underserved, health care providers or in fields related to community health, such as education and law enforcement.