GEHA and 15 and the Mahomies Foundation Launch Health and Wellness Playbook Initiative for Kansas City Students

Board members and staff woth students at kickoff event

Today, GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc., pronounced G.E.H.A.) and 15 and the Mahomies Foundation launched a new health and wellness initiative with a kick-off event at Bertram Caruthers Sr. Elementary School. The program was created to educate and empower 3,500 students at seven elementary schools in Kansas City’smost historically under-resourced areas.

The GEHA/15 and the Mahomies Foundation Health and Wellness Playbook Program primarily focuses on the Northeast Corridor of Kansas City, Kansas, where children living in poverty are highest. The initiative aims to provide a low-cost, high-visibility educational wellness curriculum for elementary schools to implement.

The program is intended to be hands-on and integrate local health and dental nonprofit partners to promote access and continuity of care for both students and their families.

Throughout the 2021-22 school year, Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics will provide in-school dental screenings and cleanings on site. The unique partnership between GEHA, the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, Vibrant Health and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (USD 500) supports continuity of care for students and families by introducing them to culturally attuned medical providers and multilingual take-home wellness materials for participating students and families.

The hour-long kick-off event, held at Bertram Caruthers Sr. Elementary School, included leaders and messages from GEHA, the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, Vibrant Health and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Students attended an in-school rally, received a new toothbrush and mini-football and participated in the Chiefs Training Lab, Powered by GEHA.

The Chiefs Training Lab, powered by GEHA, launched in Fall 2021 as a way to teach students of all ages about the importance of activity and health in their day-to-day lives through exercise stations, nutrition tutorials and a virtual reality experience to let participants see what it’s like to be a Kansas City Chiefs player.

 

“We are really appreciative of the collaboration and partnership that GEHA, the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation and Vibrant Health brings to our school campuses. As organizations, we all share a common goal to provide access to resources that enhance the quality of life for us all,” said Dr. Anna Stubblefield, superintendent of Schools for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. “Having access to a quality education, healthy food choices and health services have a significant impact on the overall wealth and health of an individual and the community we live in.”

For more information about GEHA, including 2022 health and dental plan options available to eligible federal employees and retirees, military retirees and their families, visit www.geha.com.

Posted December 3, 2021

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