The Kansas Health Foundation is helping the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation improve health in southeast Kansas.

The foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the department in honor of Andy Tompkins, a long-time member of the KHF board of directors and the current CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. The grant is to be used to support a series of symposiums designed and conducted by HHPR.

Steve Coen, president & CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, said the KHF awarded the grant in Tompkins’ name as a way to thank him for his service on the board of directors from 2002 until 2012.

Dr. John Oppliger, chairman of the department, said the KHF grant will be used to fund symposiums and workshops that will address obesity, geriatric health and wellness, health and mobility issues of wounded warriors, park and community recreation and leisure activities, and Native American health issues.