Now is the time to contact your elected official about the farm bill

Summer is the time to enjoy the bounty of the Midwest. Fresh Missouri peaches. Sweet Kansas corn. Juicy red tomatoes. But while we’re enjoying these fresh seasonal foods, it’s important to remember the policies that impact how and what we eat all year long. The farm bill, which governs food and agriculture policy in the […]


New MO HealthNet policy enhances access to behavioral health services in school settings

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Schools have a new opportunity to meet students’ behavioral health needs, thanks to the advocacy efforts of Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) School-Based Health Center Task Force and the continuing efforts of the emerging state affiliate of national School-Based Health Alliance: Show-Me School-Based Health (SMSBH). MSBA started convening school districts, community providers, and state agencies […]


Health and wellness conversations on the blog

Part of our work to ignite a culture of health in our region is advocating for health and wellness. One of our advocacy efforts is this blog. We love to share this platform with the voices of the community to advance conversations around wellness, prevention, and other timely health issues. So, thank you to our […]


HCF responds to family separation and detention border policies

Our focus at HCF has always been to advocate for the health of those in our community who are most in need. It was a promise we made at the inception of the organization in 2003. It is not only our obligation to do this, but our privilege. Over the years, we have supported clean […]


‘Pedaling’ the good news about active living

Editor’s note: This week is National Men’s Health Week. We encourage all of our readers to try a new activity that gets you up and moving. Also, set an appointment for an annual exam if you haven’t had one yet this year. We’ve published some great posts on men’s health topics in the past. (Check […]


New associate sees culture of learning at HCF

When HCF listed an opening for a new evaluation & learning officer, I was intrigued by the emphasis on “learning.” It’s easy to agree about the value of learning from what we do, but it can be challenging to find time away from day-to-day demands to reflect on what our work teaches us. Often when […]


The good, the bad and the almost: A review of the 2018 legislative sessions in Missouri and Kansas

HCF focuses on igniting a culture of health by advocating for health and wellness and working to ensure that the health of those most in need is prioritized by our elected leaders. HCF’s policy agenda helps guide the ways that HCF uses its own voice in support of policy change, but it’s worth noting that […]


Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety

FreeWheels 4 Kids is a bike safety program based in Kansas City, Kansas, under the umbrella of Central Avenue Betterment Association. We reach youth through our three core programs, Let’s Get Rolling, Earn-A-Bike, and Bike Clubs. Let’s Get Rolling is a program designed to teach safe riding skills for elementary school students by transforming their P.E. […]


Schedule your health screenings

For going on 20 years, I’ve worked as a communicator in the health industry. I’ve written countless letters to the editor, newsletter articles, blogs, social media posts on whatever national “week” or “month” it is. This week is no different. Mother’s Day kicked off National Women’s Health Week. Our blog administrator asked that I write […]



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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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