Local Health Buzz

Healthy KC Initiative seeks to put Kansas City at leading edge of health

By Dr. Bridget McCandless, HCF President/CEO

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce issued a challenge to the broader community: come up with ways that Kansas City could become a community on the leading edge of health.

Why would they do this? Well, besides improvements that benefit Kansas Citians themselves, economics is part of the answer. The health of a community is cited as one of the top aspects people look at when relocating to new cities. Those cities that are growing the fastest in business start-ups and population influx are also the cities that have made a conscious decision to focus on health.

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Smoke-free means lively street scene

By Joyce Morrison for Clean Air Metro KC

Metropolitan Kansas City’s outdoor hospitality is warmer than ever and that’s not because of more burning cigarettes. For the past 10 years, area communities have been approving smoke-free ordinances for indoor public places and workplaces. The benefits of lower smoking rates and healthier communities are obvious, but there’s also been an unexpected benefit.

Breathe deeply: the air is clean

In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we are launching a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw progress in the past decade.

Clean Indoor Air

Smoke-free public places have experienced dramatic headway over the past decade in the battle against the harmful effects of smoking on health.

What's going on in Missouri: a mid-session legislative recap

Jessica HembreeBy Jessica Hembree, HCF Program and Policy Officer

The Missouri legislature is on spring break at the moment, so let’s take a look at the health-related bills working their way around the Capitol.

The legislature will reconvene Monday, March 30, before a short Easter break at the beginning of April.

Medicaid Expansion

Proving only that silence is deafening, this session in Missouri has offered disappointingly little movement, or even debate around Medicaid expansion. Despite momentum from last session, the conversation seems to be stalled. A handful of legislative champions have offered a range of Medicaid bills, including:

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Creating balance in HCF's grantmaking process

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.

Tracy SkidgelBy Tracy Skidgel, HCF Manager Administrative Services/Executive Assistant

When the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City embarked on their grantmaking journey a decade ago, we were at ground zero, certainly not the grantmaking organization of today.

5 years of the Affordable Care Act: Improvement but we can still do more

Bridget McCandlessBy Bridget McCandless, HCF President/CEO

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). This has heralded the largest transformative process in health care since the advent of Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago.

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Seeing the forest: Kansas City’s progress in health care

By Bridget McCandless, HCF President/CEO

At the beginning of March, a few colleagues and I traveled to sunny Austin, Texas, to attend the Grantmakers in Health conference.

I always enjoy the opportunity GIH provides by uniting us in one location, to visit with thinkers from around the nation who are working on similar health issues. It is reaffirming to know that we are not alone in our work to improve access to health; people and organizations all over the country are coming up with creative ways to approach the challenges we face.

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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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