Shelley Duncan, who assumed leadership of the Central Plains Health Care Partnership and its Project Access program last summer, is adding management of fellow MSSC affiliate Health ICT to her duties.
In the role, Duncan takes over from Michael Hunter, who left this month to become director of Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, a 110-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Colorado. In June, Hunter had replaced founding program manager Becky Tuttle, who became the Greater Wichita YMCA’s development director.
Health ICT is a KDHE-funded initiative designed to reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in Sedgwick County. It collaborates with other organizations in efforts that include workplace wellness, drafting and promoting collaborative practice agreements between doctors and pharmacists, and promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles. Since 1999, Project Access has coordinated medical care for uninsured low-income Sedgwick County residents.
“Project Access and Health ICT have complementary missions, and there are possible synergies in managing the programs together,” said Duncan. “Both programs fill vital community needs. Project Access provides care for those who otherwise would go without it, and Health ICT focuses on the challenging issue of chronic health problems.”
Health ICT was founded by the MSSC in 2015, after the Sedgwick County Commission refused a four-year federal grant administered by KDHE. Duncan thinks that at least some of the grant, now worth about $580,000 a year, will be renewed. Health ICT has three employees: Dr. Justin Moore, medical consultant, and project coordinators Matt Thibault and Juliane Walker.