The Bigger Story Behind Health Reform

By Jessica Hembree on December 9, 2013
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Before we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our HCF associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013. On day one of our year in review, HCF Program and Policy Officer Jessica Hembree offers an earth-shattering […]

A Thanksgiving Wish from HCF

By HCF Blog Team on November 27, 2013

It is that time of year where we reflect on our blessings of the past year. As many of you know, 2013 has been an emotional year at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. With 17 total employees, HCF has always been a small, tight-knit organization. We are a family and as many […]

The Failure of Missouri’s Outdated Tax Table

By Jeanette Mott Oxford on November 18, 2013
Executive Director, Empower Missouri

It’s 1931. A loaf of bread costs 8 cents, and 45 cents is the price tag on a gallon of milk. The average new car can be purchased for $640. Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” makes history as the first million-seller jazz record, and “The Star Spangled Banner” is officially named the U.S. national anthem. […]

Talking About Life Care with Your Family

By Bridget McCandless, MD on November 14, 2013
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I was able to visit recently with some folks who are working in the area of Palliative Care. Palliative Care is the practice of specialized medical care for people with serious illness but is focused on improving the quality of life as defined by the patient and the family. Palliative Care has been in its […]

On Mental Health and Poverty: Suicide Prevention ‘Everyone’s Business’

By Mark Wiebe on November 14, 2013
Communications Strategist, Unified Government Public Health Department, Healthy Communities Division

When I was a young teen-ager, a friend of mine lost his mother to suicide. I didn’t know her well, mostly through the carpool our mothers participated in. But I do remember she always seemed upbeat and chatty, and that she whistled a lot as she drove us to and from school. I’m ashamed to […]

Focusing on Results-Based Accountability for Population Health Initiatives

By Robert Murphy on November 13, 2013
, Healthy Communities Institute

A reality check from around the country shows that health departments, hospitals, foundations and collaboratives all face a similar sign of the times: Do more with fewer resources. For many, this challenge has spurred creative thinking and innovative population health strategies. Among the emerging solutions is “results-based accountability” that leverages data to track health improvement […]

Could Schools Take on More Mental Health Responsibilities?

By Mike Sherry on November 6, 2013
Journalist, KHI News Service

I have heard talk recently about relying more on schools to treat, diagnose and de-stigmatize mental illness. For instance, participants at a recent mental health summit in Kansas City, Mo., suggested several ways districts could help address the mental health needs of youths and young adults. Ideas from the summit included incorporating mental health screenings […]

Disparities Also Reflected in Mental Health Cost Data

By Mike Sherry on October 29, 2013
Journalist, KHI News Service

Though they share a border, Johnson and Wyandotte counties often occupy different ends of the spectrum when it comes to health rankings. Wealthy Johnson County typically outshines its working class neighbor to the north, as is the case with the annual report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population […]

Salute to a Statesman

By Bridget McCandless, MD on October 29, 2013
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to Ike Skelton, who passed away Monday. He will be remembered as one of Missouri’s finest statesmen. He served as a Missouri Senator for six years and then as a U.S. Representative for 34 years. We often bemoan the long tenure of some congressional leaders but […]


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