Research Category: Behavioral Health Care

Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Wyandotte County, Kansas, Adults

May 1, 2016

Researchers have demonstrated a link between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction and health status later in life. This may be explained in part by a toxic physiological stress response, such as elevated stress hormone levels, to multiple stressors, which may have damaging effects on a...

Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Behavioral Health

March 28, 2016

Across the country, state and local officials are increasingly focused on improving health outcomes for people living with mental illness or substance use disorders. This brief analyzes national data on behavioral health and reviews published research focused on how Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act advances the goal of...

The Environmental Approach to Preventing Substance Abuse

November 7, 2015

This report describes the results, findings and lessons learned from RWJF-supported efforts that used environmental approaches to preventing substance abuse, especially by youth.

The Behavioral Approach to Preventing Substance Abuse

Between 1989 and 2006 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) invested more than $400 million in efforts to prevent substance abuse (including underage drinking). That work explored two basic approaches—behavioral, which focuses on individuals’ behavior—and environmental, which focuses on communities and attempts to change the environment that supports substance abuse....

HCFGKC 10 Year Report

September 15, 2015

As HCF completes its first decade of grantmaking, we have looked back across the health care landscape to better understand the accomplishments and obstacles surrounding care to the uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City region. Our objective is to learn from, and reflect upon, past experience, in order to...

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Best Practices Literature Review

June 1, 2015

Domestic violence is pervasive and cuts across race, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic regions. Mental health and domestic violence services often cross because those who have experienced interpersonal violence, especially over prolonged periods of time, are at risk to develop mental distress. Women being abused by a partner...

Community Conversation on Health Summary Report

October 11, 2014

On October 11, 2014, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) and the United Way of Greater Kansas City partnered to sponsor the “Community Conversation on Health”. Asked to attend were people in the community most challenged by the current economic and health care system – the uninsured and underserved. The focus...

Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys in the U.S.

October 1, 2014

"We have this American myth of the lone cowboy on the prairie—the notion that men aren’t supposed to need anyone else. Of course, this is ridiculous." A report on the mental health and well-being of men and boys in the U.S. and opportunities to advance outcomes related to prevention, early...

2011 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Local Data: Johnson County

November 7, 2013

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world's largest, annual population-based telephone survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the U.S. It is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is conducted in every state and several territories.

Child Abuse Facts for Kansas and Missouri

February 1, 2012

In 2010, there were 56,897 reports of child abuse made in Missouri. Of those reports, 7,676 were made for the Kansas City metro area.

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