WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Health Foundation names Steve Coen to lead the organizations' work improving public health across the state.
As of September 15th, Coen replaces outgoing foundation head Marni Vliet. He has worked with the group for 21 years, the last 10 as vice president for administration. Before that he worked for former Kansas Senator Bob Dole in a variety of roles.
Coen said his first task will be to ask residents, community leaders and university people across the state what the foundation needs to do to improve itself.
The foundation allocates $26 million annually in Kansas in the areas of public health, policy, leadership and children's health. It has created 12 community foundations which Coen said have enhanced and inspired their communities in a variety of ways. He plans to expand that program.