Blog Posts By: Bridget McCandless, MD

With deep gratitude, thank you to all our volunteers

April 26, 2017

Did you know that 62 million people volunteer each year? Most of them volunteer for an average of 40 hours per year. It never ceases to amaze me how much people are willing to invest time and energy into their communities. That expertise, love and devotion are indispensable. This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. […]

A great week for Kansas

Topeka Kansas Capitol

March 29, 2017

Editor’s note: Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed the bill. We expect the House to delay a vote on a motion to override the veto until next week. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas has compiled a list of key lawmakers to contact with your concerns.  What a great week for Kansas!! I could not be more proud […]

A Health Care Foundation series: Exploring #RepealAndReplace

March 23, 2017

I have been reading so many opinions and analyses of the recently proposed American Health Care Act.  In some of the more nuanced discussions, people differ on what it will and won’t do. I think we can be certain that everyone involved recognizes that health care and insurance is complicated and that solutions for one […]

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

February 16, 2017

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

February 9, 2017

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, […]

Transparency in HCF’s funding

January 4, 2017

I am often asked about the dollars that support the efforts of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. When a foundation grants $20 million annually, those questions are inevitable because so many depend on those funds to serve the uninsured and underserved. I am thankful that our history of fiscal decision-making makes this […]

Creating a culture of health

December 15, 2016

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where HCF associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our final post, Bridget McCandless looks ahead to 2017 and how we can continue to build a culture of health. Join us as we look back on 2016.  A few weeks ago the Kansas […]

Wishing you a day of peace and thanksgiving

November 23, 2016

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 […]

What makes a good tobacco tax?

September 21, 2016

The tobacco tax is a powerful public health tool. Tobacco taxes are like antibiotics— dose matters. A drop here and there does nothing. With tobacco taxes, the dose needs to be strong enough to affect the choices of purchasers. This makes phased-in taxes ineffective. The bare minimum to change behavior is an increase of 10 […]

Home is where the heart is

August 11, 2016

Editor’s note: As of March 3, 2017, we have relocated to an interim office while we continue our search for a permanent location. Our temporary home is now 2300 Main Street, Suite 304 in Kansas City, Missouri. Please call (816) 241-7006 if you have any questions. Since our inception, HCF has been proud to call 18th […]


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