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By Brenda Calvin on October 20, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

This interview was conducted by Fair Food Network and republished here with permission. You can read and download a pdf of this interview on their website. Born and raised in greater Kansas City, Brenda Calvin, program officer at Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, is personally and professionally rewarded by her work improving community health. […]

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 […]

Youth Ambassadors write children’s book depicting harsh reality

In one story entitled, Dinner Time, a Youth Ambassador describes how she would try to fill up on food and water at school so she could share her dinner portion with her mother, who often went without food to provide for her children.

By Paige O’Connor on September 14, 2016
Executive Director, Youth Ambassadors, Inc.

In my children’s favorite childhood book, For Every Child a Better World, Kermit the Frog shows children that others are working hard to make our world a better place.  It is a compassionate book that gently introduces us to how others live “outside” their community and acquaints us to the United Nation’s Convention on the […]

Dear Bike, I like you. Let’s go see a movie! Love, Allen County Pedalfest

Thrive Allen County is hosting a bike-themed Portland Alley PedalFest Sept. 9 – 11. The three-day family-friendly event will feature camping, bike-in movies, trail bike rides, BBQ, beer garden, live music and much more.

By David Toland on September 1, 2016
Executive Director, Thrive Allen County

Establishing a culture of health in a small community takes many ingredients.  One of the most important is making active living normal—a regular part of daily routines for people in overalls or blue jeans as much as for people in spandex. When people see an adult male on a bicycle, we want the assumption to […]

Power of partnerships evident in community transformation

The cornerstone of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative is the Mary L. Kelly Center, which, since opening in 2013, has provided thousands of hours of fitness, academic, and nutrition programming to the 11,000 residents of Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek

By Henry Hodes on August 24, 2016
Director of Neighborhood Initiatives, Upper Room

Since 2011, we at the Upper Room have been working with dozens of partner organizations to implement our Neighborhood Transformation Initiative in two urban core Kansas City neighborhoods — Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek. Our NTI is simultaneously comprehensive — tackling education, health, housing, and jobs — and grassroots — relying on strong neighborhood […]

DeLaSalle students are cooking up healthy lifestyles

Students at DeLaSalle Education Center serve up some healthy and delicious spinach salads.

By Roxane Johnson on July 13, 2016
Associate Director of Grants, DeLaSalle Education Center

Who would ever guess that teenagers and healthy living would be a likely combination – especially without a revolt? At DeLaSalle Education Center, the move toward encouraging a healthier lifestyle for our students and staff was not an overnight event, and we’re still a work in progress, thanks to the ongoing commitment from the Health […]

Kansas City, MO loses its bike friendly community designation


By Eric Rogers on June 28, 2016
Executive Director, BikeWalkKC

Last month the League of American Bicyclists released their latest list of Bicycle Friendly Communities, and Kansas City, MO was conspicuously absent from the list. KCMO has been a Bronze Bike Friendly Community for several years, and the designation was up for renewal in 2015. According to the League, the City did not submit an […]

Engaging in leadership to address health inequity

The 2015 Healthy Communities Leadership Academy graduating class

By Gina Maree on June 20, 2016
President, Innovative Leadership Strategies, LLC

  Leadership is an activity, not a role or position! This is a core concept taught in the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy offered by the HCF for the past three years. When leadership is an activity, it means we all have the capacity and responsibility to act. This is both liberating, because we can empower […]


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