Our Work


Homeless Health Initiative

The initiative will provide homeless shelter residents with on-site medical/dental/mental health services and prevention education to address existing 21-30+ day waiting periods Salina homeless persons without insurance face when attempting to address non-emergent care issues, chronic illnesses, and mental health crises.  Attempt to increase the number of homeless persons insured under the Affordable Care Act.

Main Collaborative Partners: The Ashby House, Central Kansas Mental Health Center, Salina Family Healthcare Center, KU School of Medicine

Outcome Statements:

  • Participants immediate health/dental/mental health issues are addressed within 30 days of arrival
  • Participants have health insurance that results in long-term access to medical and mental health providers

Community Outreach and Engagement Program

This program will implement a coordinated community response through prevention, education and victim services which will maximize resources to effectively identify and reduce the incidence of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual assault and to combat the myriad of issues that directly contribute to unhealthy lifestyles.

Main Collaborative Partners: DVACK, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Salina Police Department, Community Corrections, Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, CAPS, Kansas Wesleyan University, Smoky Hill Education Service Center, The City Teen Center, Salina Family YMCA, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Outcome Statements:

  • 60% of victims will report improved safety and well-being after coordinated intervention
  • 75% of participants who participate in education/prevention programming will report an increase in their ability to identify and/or avoid unhealthy and risky behaviors

Partners in Early Childhood Education (PIECE)

This project offers Family Child Care providers and preschools with methods to manage social-emotional behaviors and build social-emotional skills in children.  It also supports new Family Child Care Providers as small business owners with training and technical assistance.  Parenting classes will be taught in English and Spanish with free child care.

Main Collaborative Partners: Heartland Programs, Parents as Teachers, Saline County Health Department, Child Care Aware, Central Kansas Mental Health Center, CAPS, Infant Child Development, MLK, Jr. Child Development Center, YMCA Child Care Center, Salina Child Care Association, Salina Public Library, KSU Research & Extension, Kansas State University, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Adult Education Center, DCF, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, Circles of the Heartland

Outcome Statements:

  • Saline County kindergartners will enter school healthy and ready to learn
  • Saline County parents will practice parenting skills to foster age-appropriate child development


Camp HYPE is a summer camp for students who have completed 1st through 5th grade.  Through fun and engaging activities and guest speakers, campers will learn first-hand how to develop a healthy lifestyle enabling them to positively impact their community.

Main Collaborative Partners: St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, City of Salina, Tammy Walker Cancer Center, The City Teen Center, Salina Parks & Rec. Department

Outcome Statements:

  • At least  50% of campers will be retained and increase overall enrollment
  • Campers will be more informed about how to develop a healthy lifestyle and avoid specific risky behaviors


Good Beginnings Early Education Collaborative

These programs provide research-based, quality, affordable, developmentally appropriate early childhood education in a full day, full year child care setting, giving all young children the skills they need to be successful upon entering kindergarten.

Main Collaborative Partners: Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center, Salina Child Care Association, Salina Family YMCA Early Education Center, Headstart/Heartland Programs

Outcome Statements:

  • 80% of children at each center will achieve all 37 Teaching Strategies GOLD school readiness skills upon entering kindergarten
  • 75% of families of children in each center will be motivated to be more engaged in all aspects of their child’s learning due to increased focus on family participation

Go Big!

In this collaborative cohort expansion, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina will spearhead and support the one-to-one youth mentoring services provided by screened volunteers to USD 305, USD 306, and USD 307.  The Youth Outcome Logic Model will be used for measurement of all students and signed memorandums will be created among all partners.

Main Collaborative Partners: USD 305, USD 306, USD #307, Saline County Private Schools, Department of Children and Families (DCF), City of Salina Police Department, Saline County Sheriff Office

Outcome Statements:

  • 75% of identified at-risk students will improve in academic performance
  • 75% of identified at-risk students will improve in risk attitudes (drugs, tobacco, alcohol, breaking school rules)


Circles of the Heartland

Circles® is designed to assist families in creating personal paths out of poverty while also expanding opportunities, connections and eliminating barriers in the community.  Rather than targeting a short-term need such as housing or food, Circles® expands social capital and promotes long-term financial stability.

Main Collaborative Partners: Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Salina Housing Authority, Partners 4 Success/Salina Adult Education Center, First Presbyterian Church

Outcome Statements:

  • 70% of participants taking Circle Leader Training will successfully complete the course
  • 100% of participants will complete an assessment every 6 months to update progress toward goals, including education and employment