Literacy KC positions itself as leader in adult literacy education

By Kevin Derohanian on November 1, 2016
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Literacy KC

Thirty years ago, Literacy KC began as a dream and grew out of a passion to help people. A small group of volunteers perceived a need in the community and created a tiny organization to provide literacy tutoring for adults. What began in the basement of a church has blossomed into close to a $1 million […]


KCU medical students work with children on healthier lifestyles

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]



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