The Kansas Pediatric Foundation’s largest program, Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® (TAP-TAM), reached a milestone this year when it exceeded 100 sites! There are now more than 500 medical providers in 105 practices and clinics in Kansas who take time each day to give children new, developmentally appropriate books and encourage families to take time reading together daily.
The success of TAP-TAM would not be possible without the many organizations, foundations, and individuals KPF has collaborated with over the last 13 years. We simply could not have put over 750,000 books into the hands of Kansas kids without these important partnerships. This year a key partnership was with Overland Park Regional Medical Center who matched gifts during our year-end appeal, helping to make it one of our most successful fundraisers to date. An important collaboration with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation focused on adding new TAP-TAM sites in northwest Kansas, and with their support, we have brought on 25 new clinics and practices!
As we look to the future, our goals include continuing to grow TAP-TAM, increasing the Kansas KidLink mental health endowment, and supporting more initiatives that will improve child health. Strengthening the Kansas Kids Fund will allow the Kansas Pediatric Foundation to grow to include additional programs that will help Kansas kids reach their full potential.
We know that we cannot accomplish these goals alone, and we will continue to seek collaborations with partners who share our vision. Together we can make an impact that will last for generations in Kansas.
Jennifer Mellick, MD, FAAP
Kansas Pediatric Foundation