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Local Health Buzz blog: Top 10 posts of 2014

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Looking ahead: 2014 gives us hope for health in the coming year

Bridget McCandlessAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation.

On the 10th and final day of our Year In Review series, HCF President/CEO Bridget McCandless, M.D. takes us into 2015 with her hopes and concerns for health and health care.

Reflecting on events of the past year gives me hope for what is on the horizon of 2015. Health care has continued to be on the nation’s mind. People continue to be committed to improving their individual and collective well-being. Communities across the nation are being recognized for innovative work in health improvement.

And no place is that more true than here in Kansas City.

Here are some exciting things happening in our communities to watch in 2015:

Advances in Healthy Eating and Active Living

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Looking at health through the equity lens approach

Adriana PecinaAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation.

On day nine of our Year In Review series, HCF Program Officer Adriana Pecina was inspired by a conference that explored incorporating equity into funding strategies.

This year, I was fortunate to attend the first ever Convergence Leadership Institute (CLI), during which we explored how to incorporate equity into funding strategies.

The CLI was hosted by the National Convergence Partnership, which was created to promote policies and practices that advance the convergence vision of healthy people in healthy places. They accomplish this by strengthening advocacy capacity and leadership.

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Together we can improve health

Graciela CouchonnalAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation.

On day eight of our Year In Review series, HCF Program Officer Graciela Couchonnal recaps HCF's eight years of funding the Regional Health Care Initiative.

In 2005, as both HCF and the REACH Healthcare Foundation were in the beginning days of grantmaking, safety net stakeholders reached out to our collective board and staff members to talk about the need to coordinate and maximize the value of safety net health care for the uninsured and underserved throughout the metro area.

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Buyer beware: Aging into Medicare

Rhonda HolmanAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation.

On day seven of our Year In Review series, HCF Vice President/COO Rhonda Holman reflects on aging into Medicare.

It’s too bad that health care is such big business in our country because it puts the average consumer at a huge disadvantage. I turned 65 this year, a sobering experience for someone who once saw the wisdom of “not trusting anyone over 30.”

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Marketplace Enrollment: A case study in how evaluation should work

Jane MosleyAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation.

On day six of our Year In Review series, HCF Program and Evaluation Officer Jane Mosley presents a case study on why evaluation is crucial to a project's success.

Why do we evaluate?

We ask our grantees to make evaluation a part of their proposal. And we do the same with our own organization-led initiatives. For many people, evaluation is an afterthought to a project. And, at times it can be time-consuming and tedious. As a program and evaluation officer, I’ll even admit it’s not generally as flashy as awarding grant money or cutting ribbons on new clinics.

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People want to use their voice

Andres DominguezAs has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation.

On day five of our Year In Review series, HCF Program Officer Andres Dominguez challenges us to meet recommendations that emerged from the Community Conversation on Health.

What if you host a party and nobody shows up? That’s always a worry. What if you host a community conversation and you are at capacity? Well that was a reality.

On October 11, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, in partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City, hosted the Community Conversation on Health.

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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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