Independence tobacco-free policies begin in 2017

By Cindy Calender on November 17, 2016
Public Health Specialist, Independence Health Department

It is widely known that the use of tobacco products and secondhand smoke exposure put many at risk for tobacco-related health conditions that include: cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases. To make matters worse, tobacco kills more than 480,000 people each year in the United States, with most adults becoming addicted to tobacco products before […]


Election recap: The context may change, but the goals don’t

By Jessica Hembree on November 14, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Now that we’ve had some time to process the outcomes of this general election, I wanted to provide a recap of Tuesday’s election results and some thoughts about how the election results will impact HCF’s policy work in the coming years. National Election Results While it is too early to know the impact of the […]


Renew with Question 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

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?

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?

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

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

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 […]



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