Advancement Board

Representing the health System, university and physicians

The Advancement Board is an advisory group that represents the objectives of the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Health System and The University of Kansas Physicians, collectively known as the academic medical center. The board works to develop community and political support for the academic medical center and to bolster philanthropic efforts for education, research and patient care. By donating to The University of Kansas Health System, you make a difference in the lives of people in the Kansas City region and beyond. Make a gift online today and help transform the future of academic medicine.

About the Advancement Board

 The Advancement Board has helped improve medical research and healthcare in the Kansas City area and Kansas. Recently, the board has: 

  • Championed the Cancer Funding Partners’ effort to meet the 3:1 matching opportunity provided by the V Foundation, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation. In exceeding the $50,000 goal and raising more than $68,000 in 30 days, the Advancement Board helped qualify the KU Cancer Center for a $200,000 grant in valuable support of immunotherapy research.
  • Successfully lobbied to exempt University of Kansas Hospital, the state’s only academic hospital, from the 2017 law allowing concealed weapons in its buildings.
  • Hosted several events for community members and friends featuring topics such as Rehabilitation Medicine, Precision Medicine, Alzheimer’s Prevention and Transplantation.

Under the direction and guidance of the board’s executive and oversight committees, standing committees work to accomplish strategic priorities.

  • The Board Development Committee identifies community leadership in targeted sectors that support a robust advocacy contingency.
  • Government Affairs works to empower board members to understand and respond to federal and state fiscal policies that affect the academic medical center.
  • Community Affairs creates public awareness to engage and educate community leaders. It advocates for the role of the academic medical center by sponsoring community outreach events.
  • The Marketing Committee works in partnership with professional staff to develop enhanced marketing strategies that support the priorities of the academic medical center and expand branding of the Advancement Board. 

The full board meets twice each year, with committee meetings and community affairs events throughout the year. For more information, contact Advancement Board Director Emily Darling

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