Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Settings: Community Health Centers, Institutions of Higher Education
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will implement its holistic, integrated project called LYFTE (Lifting Young Families Toward Excellence) to improve the health, educational, social, and economic outcomes of expectant and parenting teens, young adults, and their families. Building on the successes of the Kansas Teen Pregnancy Targeted Case Management model, LYFTE provides comprehensive case management services to Medicaid and non-Medicaid eligible pregnant and parenting teens and young adults through age 24 if they are currently enrolled in school. Local LYFTE sites include: Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Kearny County Hospital, Geary Community Healthcare Foundation, and Baby Talk in Sedgewick County. Each site will partner with school districts and institutions of higher education, providing access to services in multiple settings. LYFTE’s design has a strong evidence base through its core case management model and wraparound services offered to participants. LYFTE also includes an innovative, youth-focused approach with Digital Badging and Rocket21. LYFTE program staff developed an online badging platform to certify skills learned across a variety of topics, including relationship training, financial literacy, and workforce skills. Rocket21 is an online, private platform that engages youth through games, badges, and leaderboards, and aims to connect youth with working professionals in their area of interest in a safe, monitored environment. These unique online programs can be accessed at a time and place that is convenient for participants, and can equip them with job skills and a range of cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal competencies.