Health literacy summit: what do you want to learn?

Hundreds of health professionals will gather at the 7th annual Health Literacy Missouri Summit to build health literacy skills, take part in panel discussions, and learn from state and national leaders in health literacy.

By Michelle Roberts on October 4, 2016
Director of Communications, Strategy and Market Research, Health Literacy Missouri

The 7th Annual Health Literacy Missouri Summit is quickly approaching! This month Health Literacy Missouri will bring together hundreds of professionals all looking to build their literacy skills, take part in discussions and panels, and learn from the most championed in the industry. If you have ever been interested in attending a gathering of like-minded […]

Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Sheldon Weisgrau on September 27, 2016
Director, Health Reform Resource Project

On August 3rd, expanding KanCare became much more likely than it had been the day before (in Kansas, the Medicaid program is known as KanCare). What happened? August 2nd was primary election day in Kansas. After years of ongoing budget crises, cuts to state agencies, and ideological steamrolling in the statehouse, Kansas voters had seemingly […]

Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer’s Markets

During a Pharmer’s Market, pharmacists, pharmacy residents and the dietitian set up stations within the produce department to meet with customers about their health. Customers can have their blood pressure checked, discuss medication management with the pharmacist, speak with a dietitian about nutrition and sign up for heart healthy cooking classes.

By Ashley Follett, LMSW on September 20, 2016
Health Educator, Department of Health and Environment

Customers most often interact with their pharmacist in the few minutes it takes to pick up their prescription. Rarely do they engage pharmacists in conversations about chronic health conditions or ask questions about how they can better manage their medications. But they should, since pharmacists are easily accessible and knowledgeable on these issues. A new […]

HCF committee gathers input from high school students


By Community Input Committee on September 14, 2016
, HCF Community Advisory Committee

One of the primary roles of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to gather community input surrounding access to care, perceived and present barriers to health, areas of need, etc. It is for this purpose that the Community Input Committee, a sub-committee of the CAC, facilitates a number of listening sessions in the community to […]

Promoting nursing leadership: The Kansas Nurse Leader Residency Program

The Kansas Nurse Leader Resident Graduates, July 15, 2016

By Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN on September 6, 2016
Advocacy Team Leader, Kansas Action Coalition, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Nurses play a critical role in the health care system. Factoring in total time spent with patients, one could argue that they are the face of health care. For this and many other reasons, the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, advocates for nurses to be full partners in […]

Let’s talk about poop!

One survivor of colon cancer speaks to the crowd of runners at Get Your Rear in Gear in 2015.

By Stacie Moody on September 1, 2016
Local Event Director, Get Your Rear in Gear Kansas City

Does the title make you cringe a little? Well, you’re not alone! Colon cancer is not something people prefer talking about, but it should be. Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. When detected in its early stages, it is more likely to be cured, […]

JVS program helps refugees learn to navigate health care system

JVS beautiful ladies featured image

By Sarah Cirese-Payton, LMSW on June 14, 2016
Social Work Manager, Jewish Vocational Services

JVS helps resettle approximately 450-500 refugees to Kansas City annually. Refugees are legally allowed to enter the U.S. for permanent resettlement after proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion in their country of origin. Financial assistance from the U.S. […]

Planned Parenthood Great Plains offers robust transgender care

Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri offers transgender care in a comfortable and accepting atmosphere. Photo from the Planned Parenthood national website

By Bonyen Lee-Gilmore on June 9, 2016
Director of Communications and Marketing, Planned Parenthood Great Plains

I was training at City Gym in Waldo with my friend and City Gym owner, Hailee Bland Walsh, when we struck up a conversation about a workout program she had launched with a group of transgender men to help them develop a more masculine body shape. This casual conversation happened at a time whenPlanned Parenthood […]

Missed opportunities for a healthier Kansas

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Rep. Barbara Bollier, M.D. on March 23, 2016
State Representative, District 21, Kansas House of Representatives

The 2016 legislative session thus far has had little or no impact on improving the health of underserved and/or uninsured Kansas citizens. With Governor Sam Brownback and House Speaker Ray Merrick standing in firm opposition to even discussing Medicaid expansion, Kansas continues on as one of 19 states that has not accepted the millions of dollars […]

Black Health Care Coalition works to achieve health equity


By Melissa J. Robinson, MBA on March 18, 2016
President, Black Health Care Coalition

The Black Health Care Coalition (BHCC) is a 27-year-old nonprofit organization deeply committed to the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin). While we aim to prevent chronic illness, our staff and medical volunteers understand and value the opportunity to provide secondary prevention and effectively serve those living with […]


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