Crime task force: violence prevention recommendations just the beginning

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where HCF associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our second post, Andres Dominguez writes about the recommendations to reduce violence in Kansas City that the task force identified this year. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Kansas City began 2016 […]


Keeping HCF’s strategic plan in focus

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where HCF associates review highlights from our work this past year. Join us as we look back on 2016. As the Health Care Foundation’s new vice president of operations/human capital, one of my many tasks was to update and report on progress of HCF’s strategic […]


My new glasses

Editor’s note: Cristo Rey School Nurse Melanie Becker identified Cristo Rey students who needed glasses. We are honored to have Lezly Vergara’s account of her first eye exam and receiving glasses. The process of getting the glasses wasn’t that complicated. When Nurse Becker first took us to the OneSight Vision Van, they gave us a snack. Students […]


Can you see me now?

“Can you see me now?” That’s the question students at Cristo Rey Kansas City heard when they received their first pair of eyeglasses. As a school nurse, I wear many hats. I am always on the hunt for opportunities and resources that will improve our students’ health and quality of life. From routine screenings to […]


Wishing you a day of peace and thanksgiving

Friends, I write to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. This has been a time of immeasurable gratitude at the foundation. We are so appreciative of the support that has poured forth for our friend and colleague Adriana Pecina and her family. It reminds all of us of what we treasure. We have been holding our […]


A tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipe

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health and great food. In addition to all the delicious calories, we recommend a walk after dinner, weather permitting, of course. This year, in addition to serving the old standbys — turkey smothered in gravy, candied yams, and pumpkin pie — HCF is offering […]


Independence tobacco-free policies begin in 2017

It is widely known that the use of tobacco products and secondhand smoke exposure put many at risk for tobacco-related health conditions that include: cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases. To make matters worse, tobacco kills more than 480,000 people each year in the United States, with most adults becoming addicted to tobacco products before […]


Election recap: The context may change, but the goals don’t

Now that we’ve had some time to process the outcomes of this general election, I wanted to provide a recap of Tuesday’s election results and some thoughts about how the election results will impact HCF’s policy work in the coming years. National Election Results While it is too early to know the impact of the […]


Women’s group offers therapy, friendship

Reconciliation Services formed Strength eNergy And Power (SnAP) in 2011 to provide women who suffered from severe depression and/or trauma-related symptoms the opportunity to get better through treatment. At that time, we came in contact with many women who because of their past trauma(s) and symptoms of depression, felt overwhelmed and struggled to do necessary […]


Helping nonprofit leaders be more effective in their missions

Support Kansas City was founded in 2000 with the express mission to support nonprofits by providing them with business and development services so that they could focus on their missions. Over the last 17 years, SKC has worked with over 300 nonprofits in the metro area. Through our education and community impact work, we’ve reached […]



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HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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