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Training’s goal: better Kansans’ health

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at 10:10 p.m.

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For information about training for a new health program, go to www.kansasleadershipcenter.org/vha.

The Visioneering Health Alliance, with financial support from the Kansas Leadership Center, will hold leadership training starting in February with the goal of improving health for south-central Kansans.

The initiative will train up to 400 people over the next three years through a series of sessions. Participants will develop and implement health intervention plans in various areas and be expected to participate in community action teams for several months.

The program will focus on four areas of health: mental health, oral health, obesity and diabetes, and access and health disparities.

“Improving community health and knowledge about these important issues is going to take a lot of people making intentional choices to change the way we think about health in our community,” said Sonja Armbruster, co-chairwoman of the Visioneering Health Alliance.

The alliance is actively recruiting people to participate in training, Armbruster said.

“It’s not a small commitment,” Armbruster said. “If they have passion and a commitment of time to give to a week of training, we encourage them to apply.”

Applications are competitive and the first group will number about 50 people.

The leadership training will be held in Wichita at a location to be determined.

The first of the three groups will have training from Feb. 25 through 28 and Aug. 14 through 16.

A second group of trainees will begin in the fall.

The deadline to apply for the first group is Jan. 20. There is no cost to participate.

The program is funded by $1 million from the Kansas Leadership Center. The Kansas Leadership Center was funded by the Kansas Health Foundation in 2007 through a 10-year, $30 million investment.

The Visioneering Health Alliance has been around since 2004 and is composed of hundreds of individuals and organizations in the business, government, health care, academic and nonprofit sectors.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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