Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund

Women's Giving Circle

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The Rita J Bicknell Women's Health Endowed Fund is made up of two giving circles, the Women's Giving Circle (WGC) and the Circle of Friends (COF). The Women's Giving Circle was established in 2007.  Each year members of the Women's Giving Circle review grant applications and approve funds for programs fulfilling the Fund’s mission. Since 2007, the WGC has contributed over $227,000 to fund grants for women's health. Additional information on this endowed fund is available to potential members by contacting the Foundation office: 620.231.8897

Applications for the 2020 Women's Health Fund grant cycle were due by May 15, 2020. If you have any questions or would like additional information about Women's Health Fund grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.

Women’s Health Fund Mission Statement

To improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women.

2019 Grant Recipients

Angels Among Us Inc. -  ‘Financial Assistance to Cancer Patients’ will support any and all financial needs of cancer patients in the southeast Kansas area throughout their treatment process. 

Community Health Center of SEK, Inc. -  ‘Mammograms Save Lives’ will develop and launch a unique breast cancer screening campaign.

Fostering Connections – ‘Healthy Family Bonds’ will provide mental health support to family members providing foster and adoptive care to children in the southeast Kansas area.

Horses of Hope – ‘Mind, Body & Spirit Horse’ will use Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for adult females suffering with mental health issues.

Pittsburg State University School of Nursing – ‘Pediatric Hal’, a pediatric patient simulator, will allow an increase in the number of nursing students in the maternal/child curriculum. 

Women’s Resource Center of SEK – ‘Window to the Womb’ will purchase an ultrasound machine probe for improved patient care.


2018 Grant Recipients

Angels Among Us Inc.: Any and all financial Needs of cancer patients in the southeast Kansas area throughout their treatment process. 

Community Health Center of SEK, Inc.: Picture This…. Bringing State–of–the–Art Ultrasound into the Exam Room will purchase a portable diagnostic ultrasound system to be housed at the Cherokee County clinic but utilized at the Pittsburg facility as well. 

Labette Health Foundation: Emergency Room Gynecological Response Project will provide a gynecological cart to deal more rapidly and effectively with acute women’s health issues. 

Pittsburg State University School of Nursing: Super Tory, a Newborn High-Fidelity Simulator will offer students advanced neonatal patient simulation. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States: Family Resource Library will expand existing women’s and family resources at the Ronald McDonald House and add a resource library at the new Ronald McDonald Family Room. 

Special Olympics Kansas: Women’s Fitness Implementation will start a Fit Friends program between women with intellectual disabilities and friends or organizations within the community to be active and healthy together. 


2017 Grant Recipients

Angels Among Us Inc.: Financial Needs of cancer patients will assist cancer patients, primarily women, with various financial needs, wigs, turbans, air conditioners, fans, space heaters, etc., throughout their treatment process.  

Community Health Center of SEK, Inc.: Get Tested! Get Cured! Will provide screening to 150 ‘Baby Boomer’ women in Crawford and Cherokee counties for Hepatitis C.  

Hannah’s Promise Pregnancy Life Center: Transportation for Education, Employment, and Improved Health Services will go to the purchase of reliable transportation for the center. 

Mount Carmel Foundation: Women’s Clinic Experience Improvement Project is to purchase a state of the art Colposcope. 

2016 Grant Recipients

Angels Among Us Inc.: Care for Women- To purchase wigs, turbans and wig liners for women whose cancer treatments results in hair loss     

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas: Eye Care II for Women so low-income sight-impaired women can receive vision testing and glasses.     

Families and Children Together Inc.: Smiles of Hope for Women will fund denture and denture related dental needs for women receiving mental health services.     

Special Olympics Kansas (New Hope of Pittsburg): Women’s Fitness Club will purchase 3 Life Fitness Commercial Grade Recumbent Bikes   

2015 Grant Recipients

Angels Among Us Inc.:  Care for Women- Purchase wigs, wig liners and turbans for women whose cancer treatment results in hair loss

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas:  Healthy Heart, Healthy Baby- Purchase a fetal heart monitor and cart to ensure safely progressing pregnancies

Horses of Hope Riding Center:  Health Spirits Equal Healthy Communities-Phase 2- Serve caregivers of children with disabilities, Safe House, and Safe House professional staff  

2014 Grant Recipients

Angels Among Us:  Purchase wigs for women whose cancer treatment results in hair loss.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas:  Purchase two continuous glucose monitors.

Labette County Medical Center:  Implement breast health and osteoporosis learning center.

Mount Carmel Foundation, Inc.:  Provide turbans and bras for cancer patients.

2013 Grant Recipients

Horses of Hope Therapeutic Riding Center:   Horses of Hope will conduct five “Spirit Horse” sessions with thee targeted groups of area women who are at increased risk for anxiety and depression to promote healthy minds which in turn build healthy families and communities.

Community Health Center of SEKS:    “An Ounce of Prevention” The funds will be used to increase awareness of the risk of shingles (especially in women who are at greater risk for developing them) and to help purchase Zostavax for low income women.

Mt Carmel Foundation:   “Post-Surgery Camisoles” The grant funds will purchase post-surgery camisoles for mastectomy patients.

Angels Among Us:   “More Angel Café”  Funds will purchase chairs for the operation of the Angel Café at the Crawford County Fair.  This café is a primary fundraiser for the organization so they can serve cancer patients throughout the year.  Funds were also granted to aid with additional women’s’ needs.

Labette Health:  “Labette County Breast Pump Loaner Program”  Funds are used to expand the current breast pump loaner program initiated in 2012 by RJB Women’s Fund and Labette Health.

Vie Medical Clinic:  “Initiating HIV Testing” Funds will cover costs for supplies and lab fees for women needing HIV testing


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