Local Health Buzz

Kids beat heat to learn bike basics

By Maggie Priesmeyer, education and outreach coordinator, BikeWalkKC

RussellJones.jpgStudents at Russell Jones Education Center in the Park Hill School District participated in the final BLAST: Kids on Bikes class of the season earlier this summer. Russell Jones Education Center is a K-12 school focused on teaching and empowering students with special needs and emotional disabilities, preparing them with skills to lead a successful life.


Mental health community views walking challenge as step toward improved overall health

By Ron Tankel, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist for Truman Medical Centers, Behavioral Health, New Frontier’s program

The Ten Million Step challenge project in 2009 engaged all seven Kansas City metro community mental health centers (CMHC) in a challenge to walk 10 million steps in three months. Each CMHC selected 25 mental health consumers, who, along with their identified coach, tracked either by pedometer or by entering duration, the number of steps walked in a three-month period that spanned Aug. 17 to Nov. 15, 2009.

Each week, the teams recorded their steps. The teams competing in the challenge finished with a total of more than 60 million steps of approximately 30,000 miles.


The Giving Grove turns vacant land into free, edible tree gardens

By Rob Reiman, Executive Director, The Giving Grove

image1.jpegThis spring, we were at Center Elementary in KCMO planting fruits, figs and some berries. A large group of kindergartners gathered around me with their curious, sparkling eyes. We had just finished eating some pears that we had brought along to the project.


Behavioral health performance in the charity care environment

By Bruce A. Eddy, Ph.D., executive director of the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund

Saying that the field of mental health is rapidly changing is an understatement. Tight state budgets, healthcare reform, a new wave of managed care, health homes and advances in treatment technology are but a few of the seismic changes playing out across the country.

Learn more about Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund's work:

Jackson County Cares >>

One in five people in Jackson Co. are affected by a mental illness >>


Here's a handy guide to Kansas City's farmers markets

By Ami Freeberg, communications and outreach manager for Cultivate Kansas City

July brings fireworks, BBQs and the best seasonal vegetables and fruits at Kansas City’s local farmers markets. People wait with great anticipation for their first taste of a vine-ripened, fresh-picked, juicy tomato and to munch on sweet corn harvested that morning. Kansas City’s urban and local farmers work hard to bring our city fresh, healthy and delicious produce to nourish our families.

There are so many reasons to shop locally:

  • Locally grown food tastes better
  • Local produce is better for you because it is fresher


Hospice study shows Medicaid savings

The Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) Medicaid Project started in 2012. MHPCA worked closely with the Missouri MoHealthNet (Missouri’s Medicaid Division) to review the release of Medicaid data for Missouri Medicaid recipients who died in 2011.

Missouri is the first state in the nation to conduct this kind of study with a data release from a State Medicaid office.

It took a fair amount of time to coordinate the data collection and go through all the proper channels to access this information.


Public invited to grand opening of KCK community garden

By Andrea Mathew, program director for Kansas City Community Gardens

Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) will be having a grand opening party to celebrate opening Northrup Park Community Garden. We will be inviting friends of KCCG, funders and supporters of the Northrup Garden. We would love for all of you to attend. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m., July 10, at the Northrup Park Community Garden, located at 939 Barnett, Kansas City, Kan.


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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