Leadership academy graduates improving their communities

By Brenda Calvin on December 8, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City


Adriana Pecina
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where HCF associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our fourth post, Brenda Calvin and Adriana Pecina reflect on the success of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Three years ago, HCF began what we called […]


Not just a soup kitchen

By Mandy Caruso-Yahne on November 2, 2016
Director of Community Engagement, Episcopal Community Services

Here at Episcopal Community Services, our motto is “Feeding the Hungry, Changing Lives.” We oversee a network of food programs across the Kansas City metro, including several pantries located in various Episcopal churches and the Kansas City Community Kitchen at 8th/Paseo, just east of downtown. we started getting calls and emails from all over the […]


Gardens, gardens everywhere: KC nonprofit helps metro area grow produce

By Sharon Goldstein on October 26, 2016
Community Partner Gardens Coordinator, Kansas City Community Gardens

  Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is a not-for-profit organization that assists low-income persons and community organizations in the metropolitan area to produce food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schools and at community sites. We provide free technical assistance and support to home and community gardeners on how to grow and increase […]


Double Up supporter

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]



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