Blog Posts By: Jennifer Sykes


A look back at 2015: Telling a good story

January 1, 2016


Everyone 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 ways to reach […]

HATCH: Helping You Tell Stories with Purpose

January 12, 2015


Happy 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 Hattaway Communications and […]

Filling the Void in Health Reporting

December 16, 2014


Before 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 the troubling decrease […]

Heartland Health Monitor: Transforming Health News in Kansas City

December 11, 2014


As 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 Officer Jennifer Sykes […]

Why Was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Such a Success?

August 28, 2014


There’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 a rock, the […]

Together We Can Improve Community Health

October 24, 2013


Every 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 all facets of […]

The Decision

December 10, 2012


It’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 on the decision […]

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Poison Go Down

August 24, 2012


Thanks 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 and little cigars […]

The State of Tobacco Control

August 23, 2012


“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 2,000 tobacco control […]

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

September 1, 2011


Think 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 get the latest […]


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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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