LACF was started in 2001 and registered as a non-profit with the state in 2005 when it received its first grant. It has grown from the original 8 members to average 25 to 30 members at each monthly meeting representing 20 entities of the community. It was formed to address gaps in services and programs that the community needed to be a strong, healthy community. The idea was to identify and pro-actively address community problems.
Although it struggled to survive in its early years, LACF was able to contract with Wichita State University to conduct a community assessment to establish some base line on needs in the community and to conduct a training for volunteers and volunteer coordinators with K-State Extension.
Through its grant history, a number of non-profits have served as its fiscal agent, primarily the Seward County United Way but also the local K-State Extension office, the High Plains Heritage Foundation and the Southwest Guidance Center. One of the benefits of the long relationship with the Seward County United Way is that the Coalition did not have to pay for a separate audit. In 2016, the LACF acquired its own 501C3 and also moved into its own office space at 150 Plaza Drive.
LACF has had two executive directors, Liz Stamper from 2005 to 2011, and Sarah Foreman, from 2011 to present day. Susan Lukwago has been the coordinator for the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Grant since 2006. Kay Burtzloff has been with the coalition since it was founded in 2001 and has served as president since 2006.
LACF has had a wide array of grants and projects in its 21 years. Since 2006 LACF has been the recipient of a Chronic Disease Risk Reduction grant (CDRR) from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The purpose of the CDRR grant program is to provide funding and technical assistance to communities to address chronic disease risk reduction through evidence‐based strategies that impact tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition. The Coalition works in all three areas. Over the ten years we have had this grant, we have worked in the areas of preventing initiation of tobacco use, promoting the Quitline through policies at dental and healthcare practices, evaluating comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies and policies that create environments that are supportive of breastfeeding in the workplace and at Southwest Medical Center.
2008 CDRR, SPF/SIG
2009 CDRR, SPF/SIG
2010 CDRR, SPF/SIG
2012 CDRR– Breastfeeding Education Support, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (UMHMF), Children’ s Cabinet Trust Fund (CBCAP), Kansas Health Foundation - Healthy Community Initiative (KHF/HCI)
2013 CDRR, CDRR Supplemental, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, CBCAP
2014 CDRR, CDRR Supplemental, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, CBCAP, Russell Childhood Development Center - Learn and Play (L&P)
2015 CDRR, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, SPF/SIG, L&P
2016 CDRR, UMHMF, KHF/HCI, SPF/SIG, L&P
2017 KHF, Sunflower Trails, KLC, SPF/SIG, CDRR, UMMHF, Learn and Play
2018 KHF IVE, KHF Impact & Capacity, SPF/SIG,
BCBS Pathways, KHF Healthy Communities, Learn & Play
2019 KHF IVE, KHF Impact & Capacity, SPF/SIG,
BCBS Pathways, KHF Healthy Communities,
Learn & Play
2020 UMMHF, KHF IVE, SPF/SIG, BCBS
Pathways, KHF Healthy Communities, Learn &
2021 BCBS Pathways Phase 1 and 2, KHF Early
Literacy, KHF Healthy Communities, KHF IVE, KS
Trails Council, Patterson Family Foundation,
RADx-UP, Learn and Play
For a list of our current grant initiatives, click here.