Battling the stigma of mental health issues: Men supporting men

Many in our community are not only battling the aftereffects of trauma, but they also have to push through negative stigmas of mental health problems in order to find help and healing. Nearly all Reconciliation Services (RS) clients suffer from various combinations of mental illness, lack of education, unemployment or underemployment, homelessness, and social isolation. […]


Why block grants are so troublesome

Although the U.S. Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we remain vigilant to monitoring future attempts of replacing the current health care system. We have always advocated that any adjustments to the federal health care laws should be more inclusive to all Americans and should impose fewer restrictions to access quality […]


Midpoint recap: A look at HCF’s community forums

We are midway through our 10-part series of community forums, and we think that’s a perfect time for reporting and offering some assessment of what we’re hearing.   We have enjoyed engaging with community members and have appreciated benefiting from their personal knowledge of the places where they live, work and play. Below is Bob […]


Survey: finding HCF’s permanent location

It has been some months now that we have relocated to our office space at 2300 Main Street. We have been so appreciative that this office was able to accommodate our urgent need for interim office space. If you get a chance to drive by our old home at 18th and Prospect, you will see […]


How will Millennial physicians change health care?

In recent years, one topic has dominated the news cycle, the popular culture, and our American society at large. This discussion is not centered on the NFL, President Trump, or the newest iPhone app, but instead around the showdown of the century: the Baby Boomers vs. the Millennials. Open today’s Wall Street Journal, watch an […]


Clay County should vote yes for children’s services fund

This has been a year in which politics has colored and impacted everyone, regardless of political party or point of view. It has been a year in which the importance of an individual vote and the collective consequence of our elections has been underscored and illuminated from every direction. It has also been a year […]


Learning about Missouri Medicaid from consumers

The Medicaid program has generated considerable attention and debate over much of its 50-year history. Despite the attention, it is disheartening that there is still so little public understanding and so much misinformation regarding how the program works, serving the disabled, elderly and low income people of our country. This information disconnect is aided by […]


What no one tells you about leadership

Who honestly cares about leadership? I don’t think I have ever heard someone say, “Omg! I can’t wait until the next leadership seminar that I have to attend!” I work in the public health industry, and even I, someone who has dedicated my career to improving the health of our residents, never saw the true […]


Lessons and stories from Healthy Communities Leadership Academy

What is your story? This was a question that was posed to us during the first Healthy Communities Leadership Academy workshop back in November. As individuals, we all have a story to tell and an important component of this is the power we have to serve as our own storytellers. What is equally important is […]


A ‘pathway’ to better Medicaid for Missouri

We live in a country where health care is a constant topic of debate. There are widely varying views on how it should be delivered, how to reduce costs, and how to improve health outcomes. So when the HCF team, Kelly Ferrara from StratCommRX and I began the research of identifying preferences among a broad […]



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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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