A thirty-two member board has overseen the progress of the Hertzler Foundation since 1948 and the Kansas Learning Center since 1965. The Kansas Learning Center for Health offers supplemental health education for schools with hands-on, interactive activities both as an outreach program (On The Road) and in the full-service exhibit museum area (At The Center).
Board members are elected for a three-year term. Members are selected by the Human Resources committee, approved by the Executive Committee and presented for ballot at the annual spring quarterly meeting. The Board has consistently recruited members who have an interest in education, health, and community youth or have shown a high degree of interest in the Learning Center.
To be a premier regional resource for quality health education.
"Educate for a healthy life"
The Kansas Learning Center for Health promotes healthy lifestyles through signature programs. Our hands-on health and science presentations engage students at the Center making it an educational and fun-filled Field Trip for many schools. All classes and exhibits were designed in conjunction with school representatives to supplement classroom curriculum. Our diverse health educators, certified teachers, registered nurse, and social worker provide an engaging experience for students and teachers: one that inspires them to continue exploring health!
Programs for adult audiences include a Polio Program, Senior Nutrition Program and program that shares what we teach to the children, Health Ed 501. Community events such as Kansas Humanities programs, Chamber of Commerce meetings, and other such activities provide exposure for the Learning Center.
To perpetuate the humanitarian dedication in medical practice of Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler by educating the public by creating and providing programs and hands-on exhibits that supply health information.
In 1999, the Learning Center started an Outreach Program making it possible for schools in Kansas to benefit from the interactive health programs. Each grade level has a 40-minute health program taught by a certified health instructor. The content for each grade level differs in the areas of focus and may include lessons on the anatomy of the body, bullying, nutrition and drug education. Volunteers meet at the Learning Center monthly to prepare activities for the children to use in the health programs. These activities reinforce the subject taught with the idea of the child taking the health information absorbed to his/her family. The outreach programs provides much needed curriculum-enhancing information that is both educational and entertaining.
Staff currently consists of three full time employees: Carrie Herman, Executive Director; Denise Calvert, Office Manager; and Layla Nightingale, Instructor. Part time employees include: Cindy Foster, Diana Schutte, Yolanda Kauffman and Tricia Weber, Instructors; and Julie Boese, Receptionist.