Local Health Buzz

New Roots for Refugees still growing after 8 years

By Meredith Walrafen, New Roots for Refugees Coordinator

New Roots for RefugeesThis year, with Cultivate Kansas City celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Catholic Charities of NE Kansas sharpening its focus on helping families reach self-sufficiency, I've been thinking a lot about how New Roots for Refugees — a collaboration of these two organization — has grown since it began more than eight years ago.

ACA is here to stay

By Jen Bersdale, executive director for Missouri Health Care for All

West Plains King event

Last week was a tremendously important week for health care access.


Mobile Market helps lessen food desert impact

By Truman Medical Centers

TMC Healthy Harvest BusThe idea was simple: bring fresh produce to those who need it the most.

With a scarcity of quality choices for fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy items in the urban core of Kansas City, the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation partnered with Truman Medical Centers to bring a mobile version of TMC’s weekly produce market directly to the community. This was the first such mobile market in the region.


Supreme Court rules in favor of marketplace subsidies

Bridget McCandlessBy Bridget McCandless, HCF President/CEO

We are pleased by today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold subsidies for health insurance purchased through federally-run Marketplaces, including in Kansas and Missouri.

This decision means that the 70,000 residents of the Kansas City area who rely on the tax subsidies to help pay for their health insurance can continue their coverage and access vital health care services at affordable costs.


KC Grocery Access Task Force breaks barriers to food access

leslie queenBy Leslie Queen, assistant in policy at KC Healthy Kids

The Kansas City Grocery Access Task Force is the brain child of KC Healthy Kids, IFF and The Food Trust. The three organizations assembled nearly 30 experts who represent the grocery industry, local governments, community and economic development, public health and civic sectors to address food access in the Kansas City region. The task force developed nine recommendations for state and local public policies that can improve the availability of healthy, affordable foods by building supermarkets and grocery stores in areas affected by food access issues.


Bringing a grocery store to Argentine

By Andie Polk, HCF communications intern

Twenty years ago a grocery store stood on Strong Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., but when it shut down in 2005, residents of the surrounding Argentine neighborhood found themselves without a grocery store and no access to healthy food. They were suddenly at the mercy of convenience stores and fast-food restaurants.

So, for the last two decades, this low-income, Kansas City neighborhood in Wyandotte County has been a food desert, lacking convenient access to healthy food and ready transportation to another grocery store.


Farmers Markets around Kansas City

By Andie Polk, HCF communications intern

Farmers market season has begun and Cultivate KC is ensuring that community members across Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., will have access to fresh, quality, and healthy foods.


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.


About Bridget's Blog

Bridget McCandless

Bridget McCandless, MD, MBA, FACP, HCF President/CEO

Bridget McCandless is the President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist with an interest in chronic disease management and poverty medicine. She shares her thoughts and perspectives on health and policy issues that impact the health of the community as a whole.

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