Recognizing trauma will change health landscape

Mental health behavioral health

By Bridget McCandless, MD on November 24, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

People have been hearing a great deal about trauma lately. The concept is anything but new to social workers, of course. They could have told us 30 years ago that the more adverse situations a child experiences, the higher the chance of real consequences in school, health and life. As a concept though, trauma, unfortunately, didn’t make […]

Caring for Kansas City’s hardest workers

Human service organizations in Johnson County were very interested in learning more about trauma-informed care, but wanted a collective way to learn about and advance the concept. The grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City made it possible. The financial support allowed United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) to commit staff time to convene and facilitate the Trauma-Informed Care Task Force of Johnson County. A report on the project will be available on the UCS website in December. Thank you HCF.

By Julia Westhoff on November 20, 2015
Executive Director, Secondary Trauma Resource Center

Here at the Secondary Trauma Resource Center we train and consult with Kansas City’s hardest workers on how taking care of themselves and each other is not only important – it’s an ethical imperative. Working with cops, nurses, social workers, therapists, teachers, fire fighters, shelter workers and others has taught us that our community has […]

Keep the line moving

Royals manager Ned Yost and World Series trophy

By Steve Roling on November 10, 2015
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I started playing baseball at a very early age, and I have always loved the sport and the important life lessons learned by playing team sports. So as you can imagine, these last few months for me have been like living on a cloud. Every day, another exciting come-from-behind win or bitter disappointment. Luckily for […]

Understanding trauma

Understanding Trauma

By HCF Blog Team on November 9, 2015

Over the past decade we’ve seen new approaches in the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Among the most effective of these is trauma-informed care. We’re proud to say that the Kansas City area has emerged as a national leader in this approach. Trauma-informed care is grounded in the knowledge that traumatic events or situations […]

Missouri working toward statewide community health worker standards

By Barbara Brendel on November 6, 2015
Health Program Representative III, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Department of Health and Senior Services’ vision is “Healthy Missourians for Life”.  Through use of community health workers connecting individuals with health and social services and community resources, Missourians will have assistance with taking steps to being healthy.   Community health workers are lay individuals who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually […]

Proud to live in Kansas City

Culture of Health prize

By Bridget McCandless, MD on November 6, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Kansas City is sometimes on great lists and other times on not-so-great lists. My friend, Jim Heeter, at the Kansas City Chamber, says that Kansas City wants to move from a Fat City to a Fit City and the business community has been willing to help in that effort. With that in mind, we were […]

Kansas City region recognizes importance of community health workers


By Dennis Dunmyer on October 28, 2015
Vice President of Behavioral Health and Community Programs, Kansas City CARE Clinic

A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a unique understanding of the community that they serve. In the evolving sphere of community or population health and the pursuit of the triple aim (Better Health Care, Better Health, and Reduced Cost), community health workers play […]

The Health Care Foundation supports Tobacco 21 | KC

Tobacco21 KC logo

By Bridget McCandless, MD on October 22, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Cigarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, kill up to one-third of regular users. The Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of tobacco came out 51 years ago so we have known of the public health implications of tobacco for half a century. We are just now beginning to understand […]

Decade of Difference: expansion of oral health workforce

By HCF Blog Team on October 14, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a modified excerpt from our Decade of Difference report. Read more about the region’s health care workforce in our full report. Important developments throughout the dental workforce have played an essential role in supporting the expansion of the area’s oral health safety capacity. Increasingly, dental schools are reaching out to engage students […]

Right people. Right places.

By HCF Blog Team on October 8, 2015

In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we launched a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw progress in […]


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