Local Health Buzz

Team Up for Kansas Kids

Steve CoenBy Steve Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation

Parents and educators see collaboration between schools and families as instrumental in creating the healthy environments kids need to succeed. When we asked Kansas parents, we discovered 86 percent are hungry for more information about school wellness guidelines and practices (via Team Up for Kansas Kids 2014 Parent Survey). But fewer than one in four are aware of an existing wellness committee at their kids’ schools.

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Strong ethics shaped HCF

In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 years of grantmaking. Each month, the Local Health Buzz blog will feature a guest post from a current or former HCF Board of Director, Associate or Community Advisory Committee member to look back on the past 10 years at HCF.

Steve RolingBy Steve Roling, former HCF President/CEO

Shortly after I was hired as the President/CEO, founding board Chairman Dr. Harry Jonas asked me to contact several relatively new foundations around the country to find out what mistakes they made in their start-up years, and what things they did early on that they found successful. I was pleasantly surprised with how open other foundation executives were in sharing their views, especially when I asked what they would do differently if they could start-up their foundations all over again.

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Making sure KIDS COUNT

By Hilary Gee, Director of Health Policy at Kansas Action for Children

Kids walking to schoolEach fall, Kansas Action for Children releases a report on child well-being for the state of Kansas, as well as for each of the 105 counties. These reports cover how Kansas kids are faring in more than 20 different measures of child well-being, including health, education and economic stability.

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I became trauma-informed

Beth SarverBy Beth Sarver, Trauma Outreach Coordinator at Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health

Have you ever sought to find your place to thrive? What if you could find the community or organization where you could leverage all of your skills and passionate purpose, all while continuing to learn and grow with others?

Three years ago, I began this journey, and it has transformed my life. Finding the trauma-informed care movement in KC provided me the opportunity to build the connections that I have as a human being, a parent and most dynamically, as a professional.

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HCF's grantmaking in 2014

At the end of each year, our HCF associates recounts health-related events from the year in our Year in Review blog series. This year was no different.

In 2014, we also recapped our 10 most popular blog posts.

We also like to keep you informed about what we've been up to in the past year regarding grantmaking.

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Previewing the 2015 Legislative Session of Kansas, Missouri

Jessica HembreeBy Jessica Hembree, HCF Program and Policy Officer

January means New Year’s resolutions, honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and welcoming legislators back to Topeka and Jefferson City. As we gear up for the 2015 session, here’s a snapshot of what to expect for both states.

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There are a couple big issues that are going to occupy most of the legislators’ attention. The Kansas budget is in crisis, with revenues continuing to decline in the wake of 2012 income tax cuts.

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Enroll Wyandotte helps lower Wyandotte County uninsured rate by 8 percent

By Wesley McKain, Program Supervisor, Healthy Communities Wyandotte, Wyandotte County Health Department

KCK Mayor Mark Holland is fond of expressing the need in Wyandotte County by stating that we have 5 percent of Kansas’s population but 10 percent of its uninsured. After last year’s enrollment campaign, he may need to fact-check those numbers.

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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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