Blog Posts By: Jennifer Sykes

A look back at 2015: Telling a good story

Our most-read blog post of 2015 was submitted by our grantee Thrive Allen County.

January 1, 2016

Tweet Share Share PinEveryone loves a good story. The best part of my job as as the Communications Officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is being able to share the stories of our community partners as they work to create healthier communities. This isn’t always easy. While there have never been more […]

HATCH: Helping You Tell Stories with Purpose


January 12, 2015

Tweet Share Share PinHappy New Year! If you were like me over the holiday break, you spent time catching up. Reading papers, magazines, watching news stories, visiting with friends and families. Telling and hearing stories. It was during this down time that I explored Hatch. Hatch is a new platform for digital storytelling. Created by […]

Filling the Void in Health Reporting

December 16, 2014

Tweet Share Share PinBefore we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our HCF associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013. On day six of our year in review, HCF Communications Officer Jennifer Sykes looks at […]

Heartland Health Monitor: Transforming Health News in Kansas City


December 11, 2014

Tweet Share Share PinAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation. On day four of our Year In Review series, HCF Communications […]

Why Was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Such a Success?

August 28, 2014

Tweet Share Share PinThere’s probably a good chance that at some point over the past month you’ve poured a bucket of ice water on your head … and not because of the scorching end-of-summer heat. A phenomenon hit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds this summer called the #ALSicebucketchallenge. In case you’ve been living under […]

Together We Can Improve Community Health

October 24, 2013

Tweet Share Share PinEvery other year The Community Advisory Committee, the supported organization of HCF, hosts a Health Forum to hear from community health directors and other health leaders about health issues facing their community. More than 150 people attended our Tuesday event, where three panels of experts discussed both accomplishments and challenges around improving […]

The Decision

December 10, 2012

Tweet Share Share PinIt’s been a busy year for HCF and our grantees. Before we bid farewell to an eventful year, our HCF associates take a look back at significant events and projects that helped make 2012 a productive year. On day one of our year in review, HCF Communications Officer Jennifer Sykes looks back […]

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Poison Go Down


August 24, 2012

Tweet Share Share PinThanks to tobacco control efforts, over the past decade consumption of cigarettes are down, however sales of other harmful tobacco products have increased. There are currently three major cigar products – little cigars, cigarillos and cigars. According to experts at last week’s National Conference on Tobacco or Health, the sales of cigarillos […]

The State of Tobacco Control


August 23, 2012

Tweet Share Share Pin“Yesterday is history. Today is a mystery. Tomorrow is a gift. That is why they call it a present.” At the opening plenary of last week’s National Conference on Tobacco or Health, Dr. Howard Koh, M.D., MPH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, compared our health to a gift. More than […]

How Social Media Has Changed Communications and Why Non Profits Should Jump on Board

September 1, 2011

Tweet Share Share PinThink of a recent major event. How did you find out about the tornado in Joplin, MO? I was driving home and saw a status update on Facebook from a friend. I grew up in the area, so for the next 48-hours I was glued to Facebook, following friends’ status updates to […]


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