Local Health Buzz

Feeding hungry people builds a healthier community

By Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President and CEO, Harvesters—The Community Food Network

Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people. Our food bank envisions a time when everyone in our community has access to enough nutritious food to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Feeding America recently released Hunger in America 2014, a national study documenting the role food banks and their member nonprofit agencies play in supporting low-income families in the United States. The study provides a detailed snapshot of the 141,500 people Harvesters feeds each month.


Improving how organizations communicate their stories

By Patrick Sallee, Executive Director of Samuels U. Rogers Health Center Foundation

Samuel U. RogersWe are in the people business.

Whether it is the people we serve, or the ones that volunteer in our building or with our clients, or the donors that support the mission of this important work, in the end, it is about people.

People also are the heart of a great story. And the story we tell is the critical piece to moving people to action, on behalf of our clients or organization.


A garden for every school

By, MaryAnna Henggeler, Schoolyard Gardens Coordinator at Kansas City Community Gardens

Kids planting vegetables in the school gardensThe Schoolyard Gardens program at Kansas City Community Gardens works with preschool through high school students in the Kansas City metropolitan area as an introduction to vegetable gardening for students.

By partnering with area schools and after-school programs, we give students the opportunity to see food production from the earliest stages.


A look back at my first year as President/CEO of HCF

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

Two years ago, I was running a small, free health clinic in Independence, Missouri, sitting at my computer and working on a grant application to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. My Shared Care Clinic was blessed to have received support from HCF. Those dollars were transformative to the growth of my clinic. It gave it the breathing room it needed to evolve into a high-quality, patient-centered organization.


Despite Affordable Care Act, Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet sees increase in need

Becky Schaid Headshot.jpgBy Becky Schaid, executive director of Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation/Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, there’s a perception that people might not have to worry about choosing between buying food or buying necessary medications, or between paying the rent or purchasing a much-needed pair of eyeglasses.


HCF’s faith in the public can transform the public’s role

wilding_j.jpgBy Jennifer Wilding, director of Consensus

Sometimes progress comes from unexpected quarters. It is not the mission of the Health Care Foundation to engage individual members of the public. As a foundation, it works with the people who work with individual consumers. Yet HCF is making a truly historic contribution to public engagement. Its passion for hearing directly from regular people, and on a large scale, has the potential to transform the public’s role in our region. The impact reaches far beyond health-related issues.


Why was the ALS ice bucket challenge such a success?

Jennifer SykesBy Jennifer Sykes, HCF Communications Officer

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 challenge involves filming people getting doused with buckets of ice water, posting it to social media, then nominating others to do the same, or make a donation within 24 hours, all in an effort to raise both awareness and money for ALS.


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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