The Wichita-based Kansas Health Foundation has announced the launch of a $2 million initiative to promote access to clean, safe drinking water.
Through the Improving Public Health Through Access to and Consumption of Water Initiative, KHF will support a range of activities, including advocacy for water policies that address inequities and improve public health; efforts to improve access to clean drinking water where Kansans work, live, learn, and play; and data collection and research on public health impacts related to the access, promotion and consumption of water. In addition, the initiative will support local, regional, and state water planning efforts that include public health as an outcome, as well as communications and/or education campaigns that promote the drinking of water as an alternative to sugary beverages.
"Water is essential to life and a healthy, prosperous Kansas," said Jeff Willett, KHF vice president for programs and advocacy. "These grants will help organizations improve public health by making clean drinking water readily available to more Kansans."