Overview and Goals: Thrive Allen County (TAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Iola, Kansas, requests funding in the amount of $1,681,510 for the second 12-month budget period (August 27, 2022 - August 26, 2023) to support the recruitment, training, and activities of 15.5 FTE Navigators with 8 full-time Navigators and 15 part-time Navigators who will be federally trained and certified or re-certified by October 1, 2022 and throughout open enrollment ending on January 15, 2023. In addition, this funding will support the same 15.5 FTE Navigators with 8 full-time Navigators and 15 part-time Navigators to be federally trained and certified or re-certified post enrollment from January 16, 2023 to the end of the budget year. These services will be provided in 52 countries throughout the state of Kansas FFE. TAC proposes to serve as lead applicant for a consortium of 12 subawardee entities that will perform Navigator activities.
Subawardees: In addition to TAC, the following subawardees will locally facilitate Navigator activities in their home regions: Barber County United Coalition; Dickinson County Quality of Life Coalition; El Centro, Inc.; Project Access; Impact Ulysses; LiveWell Northwest Kansas; Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation; Northeast Kansas Community Action Program; Southeast Kansas Community Action Program; Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas; Liberal Area Coalition for Families; and Grow Clay County.
TAC has engaged these consortium members because of their existing relationships, history of working together on past statewide initiatives, and their locations in counties with high rates of uninsured individuals. These subawardees will bring value to this project in their experience with serving the residents in their local communities. The entities and their employees understand the unique needs of the local population and have established, trusting relationships that will enhance their ability to effectively perform the proposed activities.
This cooperative agreement proposed to serve the following counties within the state of Kansas FFE: Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sherman, Thomas, Haskell, Morton, Stevens, Seward, Kiowa, Comanche, Barber, Harper, Sedgwick, Butler, Greenwood, Elk, Chautauqua, Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee, Wilson, Neosho, Crawford, Woodson, Allen, Bourbon, Coffey, Anderson, Linn, Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Jefferson, Atchison, Jackson, Doniphan, Brown, Nemaha, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley, Geary, Dickinson, Clay, Washington, Cloud, Republic, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Osborne, and Smith.
Within these counties reside approximately 52.6% of the state's uninsured population under the age of 65, or about 126,775 uninsured residents. Over half of these residents (51.8%) live in rural or frontier counties, which experience higher rates of poverty than the rest of the state. The urban and semi-urban counties, such as Sedgwick and Wyandotte, have higher concentrations of uninsured individuals, as well as more residents who are not proficient in English and may, therefore, require additional assistance in navigating the healthcare landscape.