Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare
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Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare
What makes a good tobacco tax? What makes a good tobacco tax?
What makes a good tobacco tax?
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What makes a good tobacco tax?
Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer’s Markets Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer’s Markets
Pharmacists' knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer's Markets
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Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer’s Markets
A regional approach to prescription drug abuse A regional approach to prescription drug abuse
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A regional approach to prescription drug abuse
HCF committee gathers input from high school students HCF committee gathers input from high school students
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HCF committee gathers input from high school students

Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Sheldon Weisgrau on September 27, 2016
Director, Health Reform Resource Project

On August 3rd, expanding KanCare became much more likely than it had been the day before (in Kansas, the Medicaid program is known as KanCare). What happened? August 2nd was primary election day in Kansas. After years of ongoing budget crises, cuts to state agencies, and ideological steamrolling in the statehouse, Kansas voters had seemingly […]


What makes a good tobacco tax?

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By Bridget McCandless, MD on September 21, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

The 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 increase of 10 […]


Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer’s Markets

During a Pharmer’s Market, pharmacists, pharmacy residents and the dietitian set up stations within the produce department to meet with customers about their health. Customers can have their blood pressure checked, discuss medication management with the pharmacist, speak with a dietitian about nutrition and sign up for heart healthy cooking classes.

By Ashley Follett, LMSW on September 20, 2016
Health Educator, Department of Health and Environment

Customers most often interact with their pharmacist in the few minutes it takes to pick up their prescription. Rarely do they engage pharmacists in conversations about chronic health conditions or ask questions about how they can better manage their medications. But they should, since pharmacists are easily accessible and knowledgeable on these issues. A new […]


A regional approach to prescription drug abuse

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By Bradford T. Hart on September 15, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before the Jackson County legislature on the topic of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). As many in our region already know, Missouri has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the country to not have a PDMP, the single most impactful tool to reduce the supply […]


HCF committee gathers input from high school students

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By Community Input Committee on September 14, 2016
, HCF Community Advisory Committee

One of the primary roles of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to gather community input surrounding access to care, perceived and present barriers to health, areas of need, etc. It is for this purpose that the Community Input Committee, a sub-committee of the CAC, facilitates a number of listening sessions in the community to […]


Youth Ambassadors write children’s book depicting harsh reality

In one story entitled, Dinner Time, a Youth Ambassador describes how she would try to fill up on food and water at school so she could share her dinner portion with her mother, who often went without food to provide for her children.

By Paige O’Connor on September 14, 2016
Executive Director, Youth Ambassadors, Inc.

In my children’s favorite childhood book, For Every Child a Better World, Kermit the Frog shows children that others are working hard to make our world a better place.  It is a compassionate book that gently introduces us to how others live “outside” their community and acquaints us to the United Nation’s Convention on the […]


Understanding that parents are a child’s first teacher

Carlos and Kaden receive individualized services and therapies from Operation Breakthrough, resulting in a healthy relationship that suits them to a T. Photo credit: Gloria Baker Feinstein

By Brijin Gardner on September 8, 2016
Director of Clinical and Social Services, Operation Breakthrough


Kayla Sullivan
Social Services Coordinator, Operation Breakthrough

Every weekday, 400 children and their families make their way to Operation Breakthrough, an early education center the heart of Kansas City. We strive to provide multi-generational support to children and their families through a lens of practice that promotes resiliency and healthy attachment. Parents play the critical role of being their child’s first teacher […]


Promoting nursing leadership: The Kansas Nurse Leader Residency Program

The Kansas Nurse Leader Resident Graduates, July 15, 2016

By Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN on September 6, 2016
Advocacy Team Leader, Kansas Action Coalition, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing


Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Nurses play a critical role in the health care system. Factoring in total time spent with patients, one could argue that they are the face of health care. For this and many other reasons, the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, advocates for nurses to be full partners in […]


Dear Bike, I like you. Let’s go see a movie! Love, Allen County Pedalfest

Thrive Allen County is hosting a bike-themed Portland Alley PedalFest Sept. 9 – 11. The three-day family-friendly event will feature camping, bike-in movies, trail bike rides, BBQ, beer garden, live music and much more.

By David Toland on September 1, 2016
Executive Director, Thrive Allen County

Establishing a culture of health in a small community takes many ingredients.  One of the most important is making active living normal—a regular part of daily routines for people in overalls or blue jeans as much as for people in spandex. When people see an adult male on a bicycle, we want the assumption to […]


Let’s talk about poop!

One survivor of colon cancer speaks to the crowd of runners at Get Your Rear in Gear in 2015.

By Stacie Moody on September 1, 2016
Local Event Director, Get Your Rear in Gear Kansas City

Does the title make you cringe a little? Well, you’re not alone! Colon cancer is not something people prefer talking about, but it should be. Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. When detected in its early stages, it is more likely to be cured, […]


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