Local Health Buzz

Kansas City's conversation on health a lesson for us all

By Bridget McCandless, President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Last Saturday, I was honored to spend a day with 300 members of our community, talking about how we can make where we live better for everyone.

On Oct. 11, HCF joined together with Consensus KC, the United Way of Greater Kansas City and a team of volunteers to host a Community Conversation on Health.

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It's more than a game

By Steve Roling, retired, former HCF President/CEO

Editor’s Note: On the eve of the Kansas City Royals first World Series in 29 years, HCF asked our most loyal Royals fan, former President/CEO Steve Roling, to reflect on the upcoming games.

MrK.jpgEvery so often a moment happens that you’ll remember the rest of your life.

Healthy Communities funding: Same goal, new name

By Brenda Calvin and Adriana Pecina, HCF Healthy Communities Program Officers

Healthy people in healthy communities. That's the vision of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Earlier this year we announced that we changed the name of our Healthy Lifestyles funding to Healthy Communities to better reflect our commitment to this vision.

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Mental illness is not a casserole illness

Bonnie postcard.jpgIt’s been said that mental illness is not a casserole illness. When you’re struggling, no one is likely to stop by with a dish of pasta to offer support like they would if you were suffering from a physical illness. But the stigma associated with mental illness is robbing individuals of much more than a warm meal. It can prevent individuals with mental illness from seeking diagnosis, treatment and even the support of their family, friends and community when they need it most.

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United Way call center to serve as local information hub for uninsured in Kansas, Missouri

By Gary Thurman, Call Center Manager of United Way of Greater Kansas City 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 Call CenterIf there’s one thing that we learned after the first year of enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, it’s that trying to reach all the eligible individuals and families with the information they need in order to enroll is a daunting task.

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What's the true cost of untreated mental illness?

By Bridget McCandless, President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. During this time of year, mental health advocates use this opportunity to educate about the symptoms of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions. It also is an opportunity to have conversations about mental health care, helping to end the silence that often exists.

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Cell phones are simplifying health care

By Michelle Roberts, Director of Communications, Strategy and Market Research; and Usman Khan, Marketing and Communications Assistant of Health Literacy Missouri

Cell phones are finding their own niche in the health literacy world.

According to Pew Research Center, more than 90 percent of adults in the United States now own a cell phone, with 63 percent of them smartphone owners.

As mobile phone usage continues to evolve, there's an industry emerging behind the use of mobile devices to both simplify health care and improve health literacy.

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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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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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