Renew with Question 2

Renew with 2

By Jennifer Hurst on October 19, 2016
Director of Communications, Children's Services Fund Coalition

Ashley Burns
Social Media Manager, Children's Services Fund Coalition

On November 8th, Jackson County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a levy tax that will make a big difference for Jackson County children and their families. Too many children in our community are living in crisis. In a recent year, more than 4,000 children have been homeless and wait times for area […]

Opioid discussion now online

Panelists discussed the opioid use and abuse, and whether Missouri needs a prescription drug monitoring program.

By HCF Blog Team on October 12, 2016

Three weeks ago, HCF was proud to sponsor American Public Square’s Dinner at the Square event, The Painful Truth. People in attendance listened to a thoughtful, informed and respectful discussion on opioid abuse and whether Missouri needs a prescription drug monitoring program. Missouri is the only state in the nation without a prescription monitoring program. You can […]

Missouri’s tobacco tax proposals: Are the current proposals better than nothing?

Missouri Road Sign

By Michael O’Dell, M.D., M.S.H.A., FAAFP on September 28, 2016
HCF Board Member, HCF Board of Directors

‘Tis better to do nothing than to do something stupid. Two proposals are being circulated for placing tobacco tax increases before Missouri voters on the November 2016 ballot. Each proposal will need to collect upwards of 100,000 signatures before the May 8 filing deadline. Neither initiative is effective in impacting price-sensitive choices of young smokers. […]

A regional approach to prescription drug abuse


By Bradford T. Hart on September 15, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before the Jackson County legislature on the topic of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). As many in our region already know, Missouri has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the country to not have a PDMP, the single most impactful tool to reduce the supply […]

Should Missouri have a drug registry?

The Painful Truth - invite

By Allan Katz on August 31, 2016
American Public Square, Founder

Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. And so have overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. In 2014, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids, bringing the total from 1999 to 2014 to more than 165,000 deaths in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Forty-nine states have prescription drug monitoring […]

Gun violence is a public health issue for which something can be done

Dr. Webster presents at the Flanigan Lecture at St. Joseph Medical Center on August 10.

By Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMin on August 30, 2016
Rosemary Flanigan Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics

Dallas. Baton Rouge. Orlando. San Bernadino. Ferguson. When city names become synonymous with acts of gun violence, we need to talk. This is how the Center for Practical Bioethics introduced the 22nd annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture and Symposium held August 10-11, 2016 in Kansas City. Initially, we started with just three city names in that […]

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 […]

What’s a nonprofit to do?

Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits

By Jessica Hembree on April 20, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Presidential election years heighten the decibel of the political conversation. Between SNL skits, shocking headlines, and social media, politics are very top-of-mind for many of us in our personal lives, but where do they factor into the work of nonprofit organizations? Although nonprofits are prohibited from endorsing candidates or taking partisan position, they have significant […]

A Decade of Difference: city efforts encourage healthier communities

complete streets

By HCF Blog Team on April 15, 2016

Since 2010, a dozen municipalities in the region have implemented complete streets resolutions. A “complete street” is a street that allows for multiple modes of transportation, such as walkers, bikers, bus riders and wheelchairs, in addition to cars. Many municipalities in the region are also working to create areas more conducive to physical activity. Johnson […]

Tobacco 21|KC policies spreading in Kansas, Missouri

Editor's note: The image above is dynamic; we will continue to update this map as communities continue to approve Tobacco 21|KC policies. So, while the content of this blog post will remain unchanged, the map will be current and available for download. Updated August 22, 2016.

By HCF Blog Team on March 27, 2016

It’s been four months since Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, became the first cities in the metropolitan area to pass policies to increase the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. Since then Gladstone and Independence, Missouri, and Olathe and Prairie Village, Kansas, have passed […]


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