Pathways to a Healthy Kansas


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Coordination Grant Requirements

Communities must commit to partnering with BCBSKS Pathways Team for three years to receive funding. Funded communities will be expected to work on all of the outlined focus areas — healthy eating, active living and tobacco control — using the strategies outlined here for each pathway during the course of those three years.

Core Pathway

  1. Establish or assign a community Grant Coordinator position. It is strongly recommended that this grant not be the only source of salary funds for this position.
  2. Network outside of the coalition/work group to incorporate input from community representatives on activities for each strategy.
  3. Demonstrate commitment of key policymakers and civic leaders to the project. Develop community activities that have a public, active role for key leaders.
  4. Grantees will be expected to develop and maintain an Action Plan, including sustainability, to identify activities, implementation steps and the long term outputs of each focus area strategy. Technical assistance will be provided to communities to ensure success.
  5. Grantees will be expected to develop and maintain a Communications Plan with engagement strategies to inform and involve the public in this initiative. Technical assistance will be provided.

Community Pathways

  1. Community Policy – Work at the community level to create conditions that improve community design and access to healthy places through one built environment, food policy or tobacco policy. This may be a new effort or strengthen an existing one.
    1. Example Policy Projects – Complete Streets, Master Bike/Ped Plans, Healthly and Local Foods Policy, Tobacco Free Grounds or Housing, Tobacco 21
  2. Resident/Community Well-Being
    1. Community Project – Establish one community project per year for each focus area to engage individuals, increase awareness of healthy lifestyles and share your successes.
    2. Mobilize residents in the community to sign the Pathways to a Healthy You Pledge to be more engaged in their own health and to participate in community events and other healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free activities.
  3. Food Retail – Engage the local grocery store (if applicable) and/or other local food retail locations in the community, including but not limited to gas stations, dollar stores and corner stores, sign the Pathways to Healthy Foods Pledge to complete a store assessment and adopt healthy strategies.
  4. Health care – Engage the hospital (if applicable) and some primary health care providers to sign the Pathways to a Healthy Provider Pledge.
    1. Hospitals should implement or enhance a minimum of one healthy policy.
    2. Health care providers (clinics or entities) should implement a strategy, such as health action planning or a wellness contract, with patients to help them take action to increase physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco-cessation.
  5. Restaurants – Engage restaurants to sign the Pathways to a Healthy Restaurant Pledge to complete restaurant assessment and adopt healthy strategies. A community may choose to do work with restaurants individually or implement a Healthy Restaurants Program.
  6. Schools – Work with schools/school districts to reach "Modeling" level in at least one wellness policy in each of the following categories: Physical Activity or Integrated School Based Wellness AND, Nutrition or Nutrition Promotion and Education, as outlined in the KSDE Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines for a minimum of one elementary school, one middle school/junior high school, and one high school* in the community's school district(s). *The intent is to cover every grade level, K-12, with one physical activity and one nutrition policy. Actual school configuration may vary by community.
  7. Worksites – Engage employers in the community to sign the Pathways to a Healthy Workplace Pledge. Employers must attend the WorkWell Kansas "Foundations" training and select additional "Physical Activity," "Healthy Foods" and "Tobacco" trainings. Employers will then work to implement a comprehensive worksite wellness plan for a minimum of one focus area.