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Allied-Health Foundation in Merriam, Kansas

The Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was originally founded in Sept. 2019 by Mrs. Susan N. Omare for the express purpose of raising funds to assist in paying for tuition for the Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health Institute (MANAHI), a Kansas-based school training the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Located at 10000 West 75th Street, Suite 241, in Merriam, Kansas, MANAHI offers extensive healthcare training with flexible class schedules. MANAHI course offerings include Dental Assistant, EKG Technician, Medical Assistant, Medication Aide, Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, and much more.

Local government financial assistance is available to those who qualify, but many times, that assistance is just not enough when it comes to someone in need.

The Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health Foundation is seeking donations from any business, organization, or individual that is willing to help pave the way to success for an underprivileged student striving to become a front-line healthcare worker, according to MANAHI President & Founder Mrs. Susan N. Omare.

“We have a lot of people interested in our healthcare programs, but money has always been the issue,” she said. “Some people are able to get funding from the Workforce Partnership, which is a government agency that can provide some level of funding, but sometimes it’s not enough. So having a foundation that’s able to raise money, no matter how small a donation may be, will always be a huge help.”

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The MANAHI Nurse Aide program is $825, and while this is a very affordable amount of money for many people, Mrs. Omare is quick to point out that this is a price many people cannot afford in these trying economic times.

“Last year, a home healthcare agency wrote a check to the foundation for $500…to a student with nothing, that $500 represents being able to finish their program,” she said. “We are willing to accept money from anyone or organizations that are willing to donate to a good cause. We are also trying to get funding from the government, because there are people out there willing to go to school that just need a little help.”

Kansas Mrs. Omare is looking to create an outreach program to make businesses and potential donors in her community aware of the very real need of her students. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Funding is not simply doled out on a first-come, first-served basis, Mrs. Omare said; there are strict criteria that must be met if prospective MANAHI students wish to receive financial assistance through donated funds that the Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health Foundation will be making available.

“If someone is interested in attending a program, to qualify for the money you must not only demonstrate a need for it, but also commitment…you must finish the program,” she said. “Finishing the programs means not coming in late every day or absent. The individual isn’t just getting free money…they have to demonstrate that they’re going to finish what they started and see the program through to the end.”

Mrs. Omare said that she takes pride in having come to the United States almost 25 years ago and now making a difference in the community – serving Kansas and the neighboring State of Missouri. Since MANAHI opened, it has attracted students from across the country due to their stellar reputation for producing highly-qualified healthcare professionals who have gone on to work in various fields.

MANAHI has also been a shining example of how to run a school during a pandemic. All students must fill out a health questionnaire every time they enter the building and submit to a digital temperature-reader to determine if they have a fever. In addition, MANAHI adheres to all social distancing, personal protective equipment, and sanitization guidelines, including regular hand-washing and mask and gown wearing. Plus classrooms are always cleaned and disinfected after each use and swept over with a UV light wand.

In addition, MANAHI provides COVID-19 testing on-site for students, faculty, and their families. They are looking to have the campus approved as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

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The Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was originally founded in Sept. 2019 by Mrs. Susan N. Omare for the express purpose of raising funds to assist in paying for tuition for the Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health Institute (MANAHI), a Kansas-based school training the next generation of healthcare professionals.