Blog Posts By: Mike Sherry

Could Schools Take on More Mental Health Responsibilities?

November 6, 2013

I have heard talk recently about relying more on schools to treat, diagnose and de-stigmatize mental illness. For instance, participants at a recent mental health summit in Kansas City, Mo., suggested several ways districts could help address the mental health needs of youths and young adults. Ideas from the summit included incorporating mental health screenings […]

Disparities Also Reflected in Mental Health Cost Data

October 29, 2013

Though they share a border, Johnson and Wyandotte counties often occupy different ends of the spectrum when it comes to health rankings. Wealthy Johnson County typically outshines its working class neighbor to the north, as is the case with the annual report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population […]

Organizers Seeking Lively Discussion of Mental Health Issues at KC Event

September 17, 2013

Mental illness is no laughing matter, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy talking about it. That’s especially true when you are going to be talking about the subject all day, which is the plan for a conference on tap for Saturday in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Click here for more details about […]

Improving a Region’s Health and Economy ‘One Family at a Time’

September 11, 2013

As an executive with the family telecomm business in La Harpe, Kan., David Lee doesn’t have much contact with recovering addicts or petty criminals. That was the case, at least, until a few months ago. He now spends time in nearby Iola, Kan., with folks who are trying turn to overcome bad choices. They meet […]

Using Story-Telling, Not Statistics to Understand Poverty

September 4, 2013

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Dare I Say It, ACA Doesn’t Go Far Enough

August 29, 2013

Just like education and defense, health should be a core function of government. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of frustrations dealing with government bureaucracies at the local, state and federal levels. But our patchwork public-private system is a big reason health care in this country is so opaque, confusing, and expensive. Worst […]

It Takes a Village — Its Assets, That Is

August 21, 2013

If you take a broad view of community health, it also encompasses the economic and social well-being of residents. As I learned recently, philanthropic leaders are taking that approach in trying to reinvigorate struggling communities. A key element in this line of attack is retaining family assets within the community for the benefit of future […]

Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Seeking Advocate-in-Chief

August 15, 2013

When President Theodore Roosevelt coined the term, he was thinking more about busting trusts than preventing cavities. But the phrase “bully pulpit” works in the context of dental care, too, at least when it comes to a state’s role in protecting the mouths of its citizens. A state dental director can evangelize — both inside […]

Patients, Doctors Should Work Together to Harness Data from Health Apps

August 7, 2013

Headlines about the national security apparatus have served as a reminder that our digital lives say a lot about who we are as individuals. Some may view this dimly when it involves government workers sifting through cell phone records. But people who study the science of data have coined a new phrase to describe how […]

A Futurist’s Take on Tracking Improvements in the Health System


July 24, 2013

In the end, isn’t the safety net all about helping people lead productive lives? If so, then why measure results with lab tests, such as cheering reduced blood sugar levels in a chronically ill diabetic? Wouldn’t it be better to track how many hard-to-serve patients stay healthy enough to get and maintain jobs? That observation […]


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