A look back at 2015: Telling a good story

By Jennifer Sykes on January 1, 2016
Communications Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Everyone loves a good story. The best part of my job as as the Communications Officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is being able to share the stories of our community partners as they work to create healthier communities. This isn’t always easy. While there have never been more ways to reach […]


The Little County that could

By Krista Postai on December 18, 2015
CEO & President, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Just over 100 miles southwest of Kansas City, there is a county of just over 13,000 residents that has created a model for community health improvement. A county that admitted collectively that it needed to improve health outcomes. A county that was willing to ask for help. A county that rolled up its sleeves (and […]


Coalition helps Kansas Citians with health insurance enrollment

Enroll Wyandotte Fair

By Catherine Couch on December 11, 2015
Public Affairs Coordinator, Mid-America Regional Council

Dawn Lindsey is one of nearly 65,000 Missouri residents that have signed up this year for health insurance through the federal Marketplace. Lindsey, who is self-employed, knows firsthand how important having insurance is. Lindsey signed up for Marketplace coverage in 2013 during the first open enrollment period with assistance from the Cover KC coalition, a […]


Health insured

Health insured

By HCF Blog Team on December 7, 2015

While many people in this region are uninsured and underserved, over the past decade, legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care transformations has made health care more accessible to many in our communities. Local free clinics, community health centers, safety net hospitals and community organizations are seeing increased […]


Trauma-informed care invites perspective

Mental health

By Valorie Carson on December 4, 2015
Community Planning Director, United Community Services of Johnson County

  As the HCFGKC’s Blog has been exploring this past month, childhood trauma is known to be directly tied to increased risk for poor health and health-related outcomes in adulthood. Since early 2012, a dozen and a half organizations have been meeting and working together to build a trauma-informed community in Johnson County, Kansas. Valorie […]


SAFEHOME’s practices driven by the latest research on trauma

coping plan

By Kristin Brumm on December 2, 2015
Executive Vice President, SAFEHOME

For the past 36 years, SAFEHOME has been working with some of Johnson County’s most vulnerable citizens – women, children and men who have experienced violence and abuse. Oftentimes, the abuse has been going on for years and the victims come to us with significant physical and emotional wounds. Our advocates learned over the years […]


Recognizing trauma will change health landscape

Mental health behavioral health

By Bridget McCandless, MD on November 24, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

People have been hearing a great deal about trauma lately. The concept is anything but new to social workers, of course. They could have told us 30 years ago that the more adverse situations a child experiences, the higher the chance of real consequences in school, health and life. As a concept though, trauma, unfortunately, didn’t make […]


Caring for Kansas City’s hardest workers

Human service organizations in Johnson County were very interested in learning more about trauma-informed care, but wanted a collective way to learn about and advance the concept. The grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City made it possible. The financial support allowed United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) to commit staff time to convene and facilitate the Trauma-Informed Care Task Force of Johnson County. A report on the project will be available on the UCS website in December. Thank you HCF.

By Julia Westhoff on November 20, 2015
Executive Director, Secondary Trauma Resource Center

Here at the Secondary Trauma Resource Center we train and consult with Kansas City’s hardest workers on how taking care of themselves and each other is not only important – it’s an ethical imperative. Working with cops, nurses, social workers, therapists, teachers, fire fighters, shelter workers and others has taught us that our community has […]


Understanding trauma

Understanding Trauma

By HCF Blog Team on November 9, 2015

Over the past decade we’ve seen new approaches in the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Among the most effective of these is trauma-informed care. We’re proud to say that the Kansas City area has emerged as a national leader in this approach. Trauma-informed care is grounded in the knowledge that traumatic events or situations […]



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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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