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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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Kansas City should remember to #BeRoyal all year

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By Andres Dominguez, HCF program officer

I don’t know about you. But I am happy. Baseball makes me happy. Kansas City Royals baseball makes me very happy. A winning Royals team make me extremely happy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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