Wishing you a day of peace and thanksgiving

By Bridget McCandless, MD on November 23, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Friends, I write to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. This has been a time of immeasurable gratitude at the foundation. We are so appreciative of the support that has poured forth for our friend and colleague Adriana Pecina and her family. It reminds all of us of what we treasure. We have been holding our […]


A tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipe

By HCF Blog Team on November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health and great food. In addition to all the delicious calories, we recommend a walk after dinner, weather permitting, of course. This year, in addition to serving the old standbys — turkey smothered in gravy, candied yams, and pumpkin pie — HCF is offering […]


~SPOOKY~ HCF associates treat KIPP neighbors to an early Halloween

By HCF Blog Team on October 31, 2016

On Friday afternoon, HCF associates visited our young neighbors at the KIPP Endeavor Academy for an early Halloween treat. Staff had a fun time dressing up and surprising the K-4th grade classrooms, delivering treats and sending the kids off into the weekend with some early Halloween spirit. Program officer Andres Dominguez said it was a good way […]


Home is where the heart is

By Bridget McCandless, MD on August 11, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Since our inception, HCF has been proud to call 18th and Prospect our home. We appreciate the opportunity given to us by both MCC Community College and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to lease office space in the Pioneer building. When we moved into our first home we had one staff person: Tracy Skidgel. […]


Farewell to our beloved Rhonda Holman

By Bridget McCandless, MD on June 23, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

What a bittersweet message to write. This is a time to celebrate the a wonderful career of our friend and colleague, Rhonda Holman. Rhonda has had a career that spanned education, banking, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. I know that in each of those fields she learned much and gave much—of herself and her wisdom and patience […]


Remembering Landon Rowland

By Mark Flaherty on February 26, 2016
Inaugural Board Member, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

At this month’s HCF Board of Directors meeting, I gave a tribute to Landon Rowland, inaugural HCF board member, who died on December 29, 2015. Landon was a true visionary who contributed to every aspect of what the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City now means to our community. Throughout his life Landon was […]


Fanfare for the common man

By Bridget McCandless, MD on January 11, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Yesterday was the service for my friend Landon Rowland. It is hard not to smile when thinking of how to describe him. I heard several people lovingly describe him as complex. That complexity manifested as a man of un-ending curiosity, graciousness, fervor and conviction. He was also a provocateur and instigator which made him so […]


Farewell to Tracy Skidgel

Tracy Steve Dr. Jonas

By Bridget McCandless, MD on January 6, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

There are few words to describe someone as important to the Health Care Foundation as Tracy Skidgel. She was the first employee of HCF, and in many ways, helped to shape the way we do business.  At the beginning, we had no available money, and Tracy had to use her credit card to pay the expenses […]


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 […]


Happy holidays from HCF

By HCF Blog Team on December 23, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer! As we celebrate the holiday season, we asked HCF associates about their favorite holidays traditions. We hope you enjoy our latest infographic. We want to wish all of our grantees and community partners a very happy and healthy holiday season. As a reminder, the HCF offices will be closed […]



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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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