Kansas City University Gains $5M Grant to Support CPHE Initiative

Kansas City University's Center for Population Health and Equity has received new funding from the Sutherland Foundation. Photo credit: Google Maps

Posted March 20, 2024

Kansas City University (KCU) announced it has received a $5 million grant to support the development of its new Center for Population Health and Equity (CPHE) building, bringing its total raised fund to $16 million.

The university initially announced its plans to establish the CPHE in January. The center’s purpose is to educate communities in Kansas City and Joplin and identify contributors to health inequities including race, socioeconomic and geographic location.

Its most recently awarded grant comes from the Sutherland Foundation worth the amount of $5 million. The grant will assist in the construction and capital improvements of buildings that will house the CPHE on both campuses, according to a release.

“We appreciate the Sunderland Foundation for their generous grant of $5 million and their confidence and commitment to support KCU’s development of the Center for Population Health and Equity,” president and CEO of KCU Marc Hahn said in the release. “For 108 years, KCU has remained committed to our mission, which mirrors that of the Foundation. We know this partnership will make great strides toward creating healthy conditions for all Missourians to help them to thrive and flourish.”

Before the Sutherland Foundation awarded KCU, the CPHE development had received $11 million in congressionally directed spending in fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The federal funds allocate $8 million for facilities and equipment and $3 million for programming.

“The Sunderland Foundation is pleased to support KCU in this very worthy endeavor. The University’s mission to ‘improve the well-being of the communities it serves’ is in perfect alignment with our own mission here at the Foundation,” chairman of the foundation, Kent Sunderland said. “KCU’s Center for Population Health and Equity is exactly the commitment our communities require to explore the root causes and systems that create inequitable outcomes and create solutions to build more equitable and just communities.”

KCU will use its additional funding from the foundation to assist with the remodeling project for the Kansas City campus and the construction of the building in Joplin. The CPHE buildings are scheduled to open in the summer of 2024 and sometime in 2025 respectively.