Local Health Buzz

Ambition, personal politics block Medicaid expansion

By Tonia Wright, Editor-in-Chief of accessHealth News & President/CEO of Grace Advertising & Consulting, Inc.

Ask anyone who needs ongoing health care for a chronic condition and they’ll tell you that it’s a crying shame that the Missouri legislature failed to expand Medicaid again.

Approximately 300,000 individuals will not qualify for Medicaid or the health insurance marketplace because they are cramped in the coverage gap at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. To put it in real-world terms, a family of three who makes less than $27,000 has nowhere to turn for affordable health insurance.

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Understanding culture helps Rose Brooks Center understand survivors of domestic violence

By Susan Miller, CEO of Rose Brooks Center

As an agency that has provided shelter and services to survivors of domestic violence for the past 35 years, Rose Brooks Center has come to truly understand the importance of delivering services in a culturally competent and sensitive manner.

We know that domestic violence affects individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, immigration status or religion, and that on average, one in four women experience domestic violence at some time in their life.

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Quik Trip and Synergy Services team up to create a Safe Place for Kansas City youth

By Chas Marks, Street Outreach Program Manager for Synergy Services

Safe Place at Quik TripOn any given night in our Metro area, some youth are faced with very difficult decisions. They are decisions that involve making choices to flee abusive situations, to look for stable housing after periods of homelessness, or to escape exploitation. Once the choice is made to remove themselves from these situations, the teens may ask, “What do I do now?”

The answer for many is to seek help at one of our area Safe Place locations.

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Blurred Lines: Oral health and overall health

Jessica HembreeBy Jessica Hembree, HCF program officer

While also the name of a hit pop song, blurred lines is an apt summary of the recommendations stemming from HCF’s recently released oral health assessment. Oral health has traditionally been siloed apart from physical health and, unfortunately this separation has greatly impacted the cost, quality and access to oral health services.

Bike Club gives kids independence and mobility

By Ben Alexander, Director of FreeWheels for Kids and League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor

WP_20140518_009.jpgFreeWheels for Kids empowers kids with bikes, and Bike Club, funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, most perfectly embodies that vision for our students. Bike Clubs are student-led and give kids the chance to define for themselves what they want for their community, and the skills to make their ideas a reality.

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Medicaid Part 2 begins in 2015

By Bridget McCandless, President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I wrote last week about the journey toward Medicaid, Part 1. I was asked by several people what Part 2 would be. That remains to be determined.

Part 1 included the work that went into laying the groundwork around Medicaid changes in Missouri. This was the opportunity for people to examine and understand the options for Medicaid expansion. It was the opportunity to examine and understand the ramifications to the state and to Missouri residents when we chose not to expand.

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Summer’s no vacation when you’re hungry

By Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President and CEO, Harvesters—The Community Food Network

For most of us, summer is a time of bounty. Home gardens, farmers markets and roadside stands overflow with delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. However, for many low-income children the end of the school year is nothing to celebrate. For them, no school means no school meals.

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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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