KCU medical students work with children on healthier lifestyles

CHAMPS coaches (in purple T-shirts) and families celebrate a successful year of improving health.

By Annette Campbell, MPA, BSN on October 26, 2016
Director, Score 1 for Health, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Imagine being a first-year medical student and having a daily schedule of lectures over subjects such as pharmacology of the neuromuscular junction, radiographic anatomy, smooth muscle physiology and then attending a lab on thoracic spine diagnosis.   After these, you’ll need to study for several hours in preparation for tomorrow’s courses and tests. Perhaps imagine […]

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 […]

The dental community serving the local community

On August 12 -13, 2016, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missour, Mission of Mercy will hold its fifth free dental clinic. They hope to serve close to 2,000 patients while providing in excess of $1 million in free care.

By Paul Roberts on August 3, 2016
Foundation and Outreach Director, Missouri Dental Association

The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is more than a free dental clinic. It’s tangible help. It’s giving at its best. That is why I love working on this grand scale inspirational project. Collectively we accomplish something together that we could never do alone. MOMOM is an intersection of three communities. Allow me to unpack […]

Agency helps refugee children adjust to new life

Clients of JVS

By Sarah Cirese-Payton, LMSW on June 15, 2016
Social Work Manager, Jewish Vocational Services

Refugee families and their children can have a difficult time adjusting to life in Kansas City. They have to learn to speak English, adjust to a very different environment, learn new cultural norms, and make new friends. For youth, this often leaves them caught between the traditional ways of their parents and the modern, American […]

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 […]

Remembering Landon Rowland

Kansas City Skyline

By Mark Flaherty on February 26, 2016
Inaugural Board Member, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

At this month’s HCF Board of Directors meeting, I gave a tribute to Landon Rowland, inaugural HCF board member, who died on December 29, 2015. Landon was a true visionary who contributed to every aspect of what the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City now means to our community. Throughout his life Landon was […]

Eliminating the CIF: A risky proposition with no clear benefits


By Shannon Cotsoradis on February 5, 2016
President and CEO, Kansas Action for Children

Since the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) was established with tobacco settlement dollars in 1999, it has become the cornerstone of funding for our early care and education system in Kansas. In fact, pretty much every program that serves young children has received or is currently receiving funding from the CIF. That is why Governor Sam […]

Why are so many Kansans buying groceries in Missouri?

Groceries Healthy Eating

By Ashley Jones-Wisner on January 22, 2016
State Policy Manager, KC Healthy Kids

You might think that because Kansas is known as the “bread basket” of the nation, its people don’t have to worry about being able to afford their food. However, unlike every single one of its neighboring states, Kansas has not reduced or fully exempted groceries from its state sales tax rate. Consequently, Kansas now has […]


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