Program introduces trauma-informed care to culinary industry

By Amy Simmons, MSW on March 14, 2017
Director of Community Care, Episcopal Community Services

I want you to take a journey with me… close your eyes and think of a commercial kitchen, like the kitchen in your favorite restaurant. With your eyes closed tell me what you hear… what you smell… what it feels like. Is it loud? Do you hear the voices, clanging of pots and pans, the rhythm […]

Menorah Heritage Foundation continues tradition of healing and service

By Rita Cortes on March 9, 2017
Executive Director, Menorah Heritage Foundation

Nearly 100 years ago, the Kansas City Jewish community began a conversation about how to provide quality health care and afford all physicians a place to practice medicine, without regard to religion, race or economic status. Today this tradition lives on in the Menorah Heritage Foundation, recently formed by the merger of the Jewish Heritage […]

KCK mayor supports ACA by launching letter writing campaign

By Mark Holland on March 2, 2017
Mayor/CEO, Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, Kansas

As Mayor of a city with a high rate of poverty, it is my responsibility to advocate for our most vulnerable residents. This includes those who do not have access to quality health care. For too long, our community has endured a high rate of uninsured residents. In 2013, before we launched a campaign to […]

Everything you need to know about our move

By HCF Blog Team on March 1, 2017

Editor’s note: Our phone system and permanent phone number is now working. You may resume using (816) 241-7006.   After a fun few weeks of packing, this week is moving week for HCF. Moving trucks are shuttling our work environments to the new office, and we have said goodbye to 18th and Prospect. By Friday afternoon, we will […]

Farewell to 18th and Prospect

By HCF Blog Team on February 27, 2017

At the corner of 18th and Prospect sits a humble, unassuming building that has been the home of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City since our inception 14 years ago. In those early days, the inaugural HCF Board of Directors looked for a location that could provide a short-term lease while the board […]

Submit your agency’s promising practice

By Carlie Houchen on February 23, 2017
Analyst, Kansas Health Institute

Have you heard about the great health improvement efforts going on in Kansas City? is a website that features some of this outstanding work through its Promising Practices database. KCHealthMatters is a one-stop shop for data and resources to further understand and improve your community’s health, identify areas needing improvements and collaborate for positive […]

Kansans deserve better from KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

By Sheldon Weisgrau on February 20, 2017
Director, Health Reform Resource Project

KanCare is in trouble. The state of Kansas’ Medicaid program, which has been run by three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) since being privatized in 2013, is beset by administrative and operational problems that threaten the health and safety of its beneficiaries, among the most vulnerable Kansans. Patients, advocates, health care providers, and others engaged with […]

Now that the lawsuit is over, where do we go from here?

By Bridget McCandless, MD on February 16, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It was seven years ago HCF entered into litigation to ensure that HCA’s commitments to the communities we serve through the sale of Health Midwest were fulfilled. Last month, we were pleased to announce we had reached a mutual agreement to allow us to close these proceedings. In all, HCF added $175 million to our resources, […]

ACA uncertainty puts health care gains at risk

By Bridget McCandless, MD on February 9, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

From inception, the Affordable Care Act attempted to strike a delicate balance between affordability for consumers and sustainability for insurers, all against a backdrop of varying health risks. Some components of the ACA have worked tremendously well, resulting in increased health care access for millions of Americans, while other components have been fraught with difficulty, […]

Experience informs 2017 policy agenda

By Jessica Hembree on February 2, 2017
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

This past week, we published our 2017 policy agenda, found here on our website. Setting policy goals is an annual activity for us and one that requires much consideration from both internal and external sources about our previous year’s policy results, the political and economic climate, and health trends. It’s neither a quick nor easy process […]


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