Blog Posts By: Bridget McCandless, MD


What makes a good tobacco tax?

smoking tobacco

September 21, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinThe tobacco tax is a powerful public health tool. Tobacco taxes are like antibiotics— dose matters. A drop here and there does nothing. With tobacco taxes, the dose needs to be strong enough to affect the choices of purchasers. This makes phased-in taxes ineffective. The bare minimum to change behavior is an […]

Home is where the heart is

HCF will be saying good-bye to its home of 11 years on 18th and Prospect in the coming year.

August 11, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinSince our inception, HCF has been proud to call 18th and Prospect our home. We appreciate the opportunity given to us by both MCC Community College and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to lease office space in the Pioneer building. When we moved into our first home we had one staff […]

Farewell to our beloved Rhonda Holman

Brenda Calvin, Rhonda Holman and Bridget McCandless in the photo booth at HCF's 10-year celebration picnic last year.

June 23, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinWhat a bittersweet message to write. This is a time to celebrate the a wonderful career of our friend and colleague, Rhonda Holman. Rhonda has had a career that spanned education, banking, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. I know that in each of those fields she learned much and gave much—of herself and her […]

When nothing is better than something

cigarettes

March 2, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinUpdate: Please read why we only support a tobacco tax that has an actual effect on public health. HCF intends to pursue a substantial and impactful increase in the tobacco tax in the coming years. HCF and many others came together in 2012 to advocate for a ballot initiative to increase Missouri’s tobacco tax […]

Fanfare for the common man

Kansas City Skyline

January 11, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinYesterday was the service for my friend Landon Rowland. It is hard not to smile when thinking of how to describe him. I heard several people lovingly describe him as complex. That complexity manifested as a man of un-ending curiosity, graciousness, fervor and conviction. He was also a provocateur and instigator which […]

Farewell to Tracy Skidgel

Tracy Steve Dr. Jonas

January 6, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinThere are few words to describe someone as important to the Health Care Foundation as Tracy Skidgel. She was the first employee of HCF, and in many ways, helped to shape the way we do business.  At the beginning, we had no available money, and Tracy had to use her credit card to […]

My New Year’s Resolution for Kansas City

HCF associates, 2015

December 31, 2015


Tweet Share Share Pin  2015 was an exciting year for the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. It was during this year that we celebrated 10 years of grantmaking. Over the course of the past decade, we have funded over 440 organizations. We took an opportunity this year through our Decade of Difference report […]

Recognizing trauma will change health landscape

Mental health behavioral health

November 24, 2015


Tweet Share Share PinPeople have been hearing a great deal about trauma lately. The concept is anything but new to social workers, of course. They could have told us 30 years ago that the more adverse situations a child experiences, the higher the chance of real consequences in school, health and life. As a concept though, trauma, […]

Proud to live in Kansas City

Culture of Health prize

November 6, 2015


Tweet Share Share PinKansas City is sometimes on great lists and other times on not-so-great lists. My friend, Jim Heeter, at the Kansas City Chamber, says that Kansas City wants to move from a Fat City to a Fit City and the business community has been willing to help in that effort. With that in […]

The Health Care Foundation supports Tobacco 21 | KC

Tobacco21 KC logo

October 22, 2015


Tweet Share Share PinCigarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, kill up to one-third of regular users. The Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of tobacco came out 51 years ago so we have known of the public health implications of tobacco for half a century. We are just now […]


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HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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