Pioneers in Health

David Jordan

Welcome to the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Podcast, Pioneers in Health. We hope to bring you inspiring stories of pioneering health leaders who led important efforts to improve health. We’ll bring you guests from our state, from our nation and from your backyard to tell their stories of how they broke new ground and changed the landscape of health care. read less
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Lisse Regehr - Thrive Kansas
Jun 20 2024
Lisse Regehr - Thrive Kansas
Lisse Regehr is the President and CEO of Thrive Allen County, a nonprofit organization that works to improve quality of life and economic conditions in Allen County, Kansas. Thrive Allen County is a countywide organization that has been instrumental in the development of more than 60 miles of new trails and routes within the past decade; lowering the uninsured rate in Allen County from 21% in 2013 to 9% in 2018; the implementation of public and safety-net transportation for Allen County residents; the creation of a free, rural bike-share program replicated throughout the nation; and overseeing the statewide Kansas CARES program that assists uninsured residents throughout Kansas apply for affordable health insurance. During Regehr's leadership, Thrive has served as the administrator for Allen County’s SPARK and ARPA funds, as well as the administrator for the Community Development Block Grants for several communities throughout southeast Kansas. In addition, Regehr co-created Thrive Kansas, which exists to build capacity in rural Kansas communities to better quality of life and bring about rural revitalization efforts. Before becoming President and CEO of Thrive Allen County, Regehr oversaw many different departments at Thrive, including communications and the care coordination program. Regehr coordinated all local communication following Allen County’s successful pursuit of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. In addition, she has worked as part of the economic development team at Thrive since 2015, successfully recruiting Peerless Products into Iola in 2020, assisting in the recruitment and development of G&W Foods and Eastgate Lofts in 2017, and overseeing the recruitment of Green Cover Seed into Iola in 2019. Prior to returning to her hometown of Iola, Regehr worked for nine years with the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation in St. Paul, MN where she was a Planned Giving Officer and Social Networker. Regehr grew the Foundation’s planned giving society by 35%, and as the social networker, was responsible for all online communications for the Foundation.
Pioneers in Health - Intro
Apr 27 2024
Pioneers in Health - Intro
Welcome to the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund podcast, Pioneers in Health. We hope to bring you inspiring stories of pioneering health leaders who lead important efforts to improve health. We'll bring you guests from our state, from our nation, and from your backyard to tell their stories, how they broke new ground and changed the landscape of health care. We view health as more than health care. Health depends on things beyond your control. Conditions in your community, the schools in your neighborhood, the availability of healthy food and good jobs, and whether you have health providers and hospitals close to you. These are factors that we can change together, and as part of this podcast we'll be bringing you stories of pioneers who have led important changes to improve health. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund is a statewide health foundation dedicated to improving the health and wholeness of Kansans through funding grants, convening influencers, and advocating for policies. To improve the health of Kansans, we focus on three strategic areas; access to care, thriving children, and engaged congregations and communities. Through this podcast, we aim to bring you news and educate you, our listeners, on ways that you can promote better health in your lives and in your communities. Our hope is that the voices and perspectives that you find here will encourage you to take bold action. You can look forward to hearing from community and state leaders, policy makers, advocates, and researchers working on innovative efforts to improve health. Every podcast you'll hear from David Jordan, the president and CEO of the Health Fund, who brings perspective and a rich background with building community and leading advocacy in health care. He will lead you through thought-provoking interviews and inspiring conversations with our guests. If you ever have questions for us, we invite you to get in touch.