Our national health care system should work for everyone

For the last eight years, we have watched our elected officials introduce and pass health care legislation. We advocated that any bill should protect our citizens with the least means and the most health needs. We are again advocating that any changes to the current health care coverage protect the most vulnerable around us. What is […]

Redefining workforce preparation

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Employable [em-ploi-uh-buhl] adj., n. Able to be employed; usable; capable of holding a job and available for hire; a person who is able to work and is available to be hired. While many workforce development programs focus on the skills necessary for someone to be hired or their usability, Episcopal Community Services’ Culinary Cornerstones Training […]

Free event will offer education on healthy choices to manage diabetes

Diabetes is a common medical condition that still exists under a shroud of mystery to normal citizens. Care and treatment for this condition doesn’t have to be a mystery or even scary. And, next week, that’s what we aim to do: remove the fear and mystery around a common condition that affects more than 100,000 […]

Cultivate Kansas City: Ensuring universal access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables

At Cultivate Kansas City (Cultivate KC), we grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City. We believe that every eater, regardless of income level, has the right to eat healthy, delicious food grown by local farmers. So often, individuals and families who rely on […]

The AHCA and KanCare: Plan will harm vulnerable Kansans, state budget

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, will profoundly change Kansas’ Medicaid program, KanCare. The bill is currently under fast track consideration in the U.S. Senate. For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been a health coverage safety net to the most vulnerable Americans – […]

Meet Bob Hill, HCF’s Community Forum facilitator

Editor’s note: Bob Hill is a consultant working with HCF to facilitate the upcoming series of community forums we are conducting through the summer and fall. We hope you enjoy this introduction to Bob before you meet him in person at a community forum. In essence I’m a city guy, having always lived in larger […]

Medicaid is an essential part of Missouri’s communities

Medicaid is a long-standing important safety net program that keeps our communities strong and healthy by creating access to health insurance that participants would not have otherwise. Citing concern about rising costs of the program, there have been recent proposals in both the Missouri General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to fundamentally change the way […]

And the Oscar goes to ….

As a co-lead of the Safety Net Foundation Defined Grant round, I am always looking for ways to make the process simpler and more transparent for everyone who submits an application. Realizing the significant time demands on everyone in the safety net health community, we decided to record a webinar with all of the detailed […]

Using new tech to increase dental care access

We live in a time when technological changes are common. These changes induce both anticipation and anxiety. Rapidly changing use of technology is also a constant in our complex health care system. While we have seen increasing use of health care assisted by remote access to health specialists and increasing coordination between health providers over […]

Grantee survey provides HCF with valuable feedback

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City places a high emphasis on using data to make decisions. Evaluation of projects and programs is necessary in order to learn. It helps us determine what part of a project was successful, and just as importantly, what part needs improvement. It leads us to fine-tune and improve […]


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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