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The Historic Northeast-Midtown Association participates in several initiatives to better the health of northeast residents through improvements to the built environment.


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The Health Equity Action Transformation Community Advisory Board was formed with the intention of using the recently released Health Equity Action Transformation Report to provide a recognized platform for community to voice opinions and concerns about important decision-making processes that directly affect their life and well-being. The purpose of the WyCo CAB is to build trust and develop a mutual understanding between residents and the institutions or organizations that provide, or are seeking to provide services to the community. The HNMA’s Executive Director co-chairs the HEAT CAB.

The HEAT Report:

Over three years of intensive study, we uncovered massive opportunities in creating/sustaining health equity among a large section of our community. Historical property value discrimination (through redlining in the 1930’s) has snowballed over time into our neighborhoods suffering from inadequate housing, lack of access to adequate health care, and environmental health injustices.

By identifying the factors that have created these problems, we can target the opportunity areas and begin repairing the damage. Wyandotte County is a proud community. Working together, we can help restore our homes, create awareness of health care solutions, and begin to work toward sustained improvement in our lives.

Click here to learn more about the Health Equity Action Transformation Report.

Because the CAB is the voice of the community, different organizations seeking to provide services to Wyandotte County should consult the CAB before making decisions that could impact WyCO residents. It is by consulting the CAB that these organizations and institutions would become aware of and understand the true needs and feelings of the community. Partnership with the CAB ensure agencies understand how to better serve and truly benefit the residents of WyCO, specifically in the areas north of i70 and east of i635 where our most vulnerable populations reside.

CAB Initiatives

The CAB also has several initiatives which its members have undertaken to increase civic engagement, improve the built environment, and empower residents to advocate for a better of quality of life for their communities.

Two of these initiatives are Servicing Legislative Interactions Producing Solutions (servicing L.I.P.S.) and Come Walk with US.

Resources to Read

Kansas Health Institute Article about the Fetal Infant Mortality Review

Kansas Health Institute Article on the Issues some Kansas are having accessing Kansas Medicaid

FIMR CAT Advocacy Report detailing a recent FIMR success!

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Infrastructure Action Team

The mission of the Infrastructure Action Team (IAT) is to build, redesign, and better utilize Wyandotte County's environmental infrastructure to provide opportunities for healthy and active living. Environmental infrastructure includes anything from sidewalks and trails to parks and community centers. The team promotes county-wide healthy policies and plans, and works with existing organizations to increase their focus on healthy living. The HNMA’s Executive Director currently serves as the Policy Chair of the Infrastructure Action Team

Meetings: The 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:30 at the Community Health Council, 803 Armstrong Ave, KCK 66101, except quarterly when it has a joint meeting with the Latino Health For All (LHFA) Physical Activity Committee on the third Thursday (same as regular LHFA, but starts 30 minutes earlier) at Bethany Park Community Center.

For more information about the Healthy Communities Wyandotte IAT

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Healthy Parks Initiative

The University of Kansas’ Dotte Agency, HCW, The Historic Northeast-Midtown Association, NBC Community Development Corporation, the 20/20/20 Movement, and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County have teamed up to facilitate a Healthy Parks Initiative. Our goal is to encourage people to be more physically active in the parks. We support a variety of park improvements, including physical changes (e.g. signs, bike racks) as well as community involvement efforts (events, programs, and activities). We are working with the Neighborhood Business Revitalization organizations and other community stakeholders around five WyCo parks:

  • Bethany

  • Fisher

  • Huron

  • Jersey Creek

  • Parkwood

For a list of Wyandotte County Parks click here.

The park communities are taking the lead on determining what their parks and their community members need and want. We will provide assistance and some funding to do improvement projects over the next few years.

Questions? Contact Janell Friesen at 913-573-6703 or jfriesen@wycokck.org.