New Documentary Showcases Work of Violence Interrupters

By Steve Roling on October 13, 2011
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Our foundation office is located on the corner of 18th Street and Prospect in downtown KC. Though we have a nice office space within close proximity to the wonderful Negro League Baseball Museum and the Jazz Museum and a beautiful view of Downtown KC, our neighborhood is also home to a lot of crime and […]

Reforming Our Current Health System

By Steve Roling on October 10, 2011
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Approximately 450,000 people in the KC metro area either are uninsured or on Medicaid. This represents about 25% of the total population in our area. Of this amount, over half are uninsured. This number has been rising dramatically in the last few years as people have lost their jobs – especially those with quality education […]

Health Insurance Rates in Missouri: When Free Market Competition Doesn’t Work

By Andrea J. Routh, JD on October 4, 2011
Executive Director, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance

Recently a Missouri small businesswomen called our office to report that the same health insurer that provided her coverage under a small group policy last year for about $420 per month, was quoting her anywhere from $1500 to $2000 for her coverage in an individual policy. That’s four to five times what she had been […]

The Influence of Sports on Our Community

By Steve Roling on October 3, 2011
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It is amazing to me the influence sports teams have on the energy and mind set of a community. A former KU Chancellor told me that it was much easier being Chancellor during the KU basketball season than during the football season…alumni are much more forgiving and more appreciative during a typical winning basketball season. […]

Exploring the Physical and Mental Health Needs of Women and Children in the Military

By Jan Wrolstad, M.Div on September 27, 2011
Associate Director, Mid-America ATTC Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Great information was provided at the veterans event held—appropriately so—at the World War I Liberty Memorial September 9th. Speakers addressed: special needs of returning women veterans and issues of military children. Women now make up approximately 20% of our Armed Forces—14% of the active duty army. Because of the nature of the wars in Iraq […]

September 20, 2011 – The First Step Towards Improving the Health of Missourians

By Steve Roling on September 26, 2011
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

September 20, 2011 will hopefully go down as an important day in the history of Missouri. This marks the day that a group of folks–including this foundation—filed ballot initiative language with the Missouri Secretary of State to increase the cigarette tax in Missouri by 80 cents per pack. Hopefully November 6, 2012 will also go […]

How New Health Care Options Will Help Those with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorder

By Scott Hayes on September 20, 2011
Program Specialist/Recovery Health Services, Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health

Recently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) released a new survey that showed the use of illicit drugs among Americans increased between 2008 and 2010. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that 22.6 million Americans 12 or older (8.9-percent of the population) were current illicit drug users. Another […]

Celebrating Life’s Milestones

By Steve Roling on September 20, 2011
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

No matter how busy we are at work…our family always takes over as the top priority at certain milestone times in our life. In July 2010 our oldest daughter was married. And just last weekend our youngest daughter married another wonderful man. This November, my oldest daughter and her husband will have a baby – […]

Meeting the Health Needs of the Undocumented in Kansas City

By Steve Roling on September 14, 2011
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 undocumented immigrants living and working in Missouri and Kansas. These folks came here illegally to work in jobs that most Americans are unwilling to pursue. The federal and state governments have laws that say no undocumented immigrant can apply for Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. […]

How Social Media Has Changed Communications and Why Non Profits Should Jump on Board

By Jennifer Sykes on September 1, 2011
Communications Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Think of a recent major event. How did you find out about the tornado in Joplin, MO? I was driving home and saw a status update on Facebook from a friend. I grew up in the area, so for the next 48-hours I was glued to Facebook, following friends’ status updates to get the latest […]


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