Blog Posts By: HCF Blog Team


Double Up Food Bucks spurs produce purchasing, healthier diets

April 19, 2018


Government aid remains essential in the fight against hunger for the area’s most vulnerable populations. Yet there’s no guarantee those in need can or will use their benefits to support healthy eating habits. Fortunately, a Kansas City area program is making it easier for individuals and families battling food insecurity to afford a diet rich […]

Thriving urban orchards help improve diets, rejuvenate communities

February 22, 2018


A visionary idea that took root in the Kansas City area six years ago continues to flourish as it improves healthy eating for low-income families and nurtures a renewed sense of community across struggling urban neighborhoods. The Giving Grove, a program of the Kansas City Community Gardens, is a one-of-a-kind initiative that helps at-risk communities […]

A year in review: HCF’s grantmaking in 2017

February 12, 2018


We often talk about our work to tackle the pressing health issues facing our community. Though the topics are always worthy of discussion and support, they can also be heavy and sad; after all, rarely does something positive come from not receiving regular medical care. However, it occurred to us recently that we rarely talk about […]

May your days be merry and bright

December 19, 2017


Well, here it is, dear readers. The end of another year. And what an interesting year 2017 has been! As Americans, we persevered through a tumultuous year. As Missourians and Kansans, we saw some successes in health. And closer to our home, HCF experienced quite a bit of change. Before we get too far into […]

Radio program reaches out to at-risk Latino population

November 30, 2017


Isolated by language, culture and poverty, many Latino immigrants in Kansas City face chronic health risks often made worse by their limited knowledge of nutrition and inadequate access to healthy foods. El Centro Inc., a 40-year-old area nonprofit, is reducing that isolation with an innovative program that draws from the oral tradition to educate vulnerable […]

Everything you need to know about our move

March 1, 2017


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 officially begin settling into our new interim home in Two Pershing Square (2300 Main Street, Kansas City, […]

Farewell to 18th and Prospect

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 […]

A year in review: HCF’s grantmaking in 2016

December 30, 2016


The coming of a new year marks a time of fresh beginnings and resolutions. December, then, becomes an important time to reflect on the accomplishments of the year and brings into focus the goals we still need to work toward. Each year, organizations in our region plan and implement outstanding programs and policies that continue […]

Warmest holiday wishes from HCF

December 19, 2016


All of us at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. As we approach the new year, we thank you for all you do to help make Greater Kansas City a healthier place to live. As a reminder, the HCF office will be […]

A tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipe

November 21, 2016


Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health and great food. In addition to all the delicious calories, we recommend a walk after dinner, weather permitting, of course. This year, in addition to serving the old standbys — turkey smothered in gravy, candied yams, and pumpkin pie — HCF is offering […]

~SPOOKY~ HCF associates treat KIPP neighbors to an early Halloween

October 31, 2016


On Friday afternoon, HCF associates visited our young neighbors at the KIPP Endeavor Academy for an early Halloween treat. Staff had a fun time dressing up and surprising the K-4th grade classrooms, delivering treats and sending the kids off into the weekend with some early Halloween spirit. Program officer Andres Dominguez said it was a good way […]

Opioid discussion now online

October 12, 2016


Three weeks ago, HCF was proud to sponsor American Public Square’s Dinner at the Square event, The Painful Truth. People in attendance listened to a thoughtful, informed and respectful discussion on opioid abuse and whether Missouri needs a prescription drug monitoring program. Missouri is the only state in the nation without a prescription monitoring program. You can […]

Neighborhood engagement key to healthy communities

May 6, 2016


Editor’s note: In our last feature on our 10-year report, we highlighted the efforts of municipalities that are working toward healthier communities. But neighborhood organizations are creating improvements as well, as you’ll read in this excerpt. Read more about healthy communities. In addition to municipalities, neighborhoods also are stepping up with grassroots solutions to stimulate active […]

A Decade of Difference: city efforts encourage healthier communities

complete streets

April 15, 2016


Since 2010, a dozen municipalities in the region have implemented complete streets resolutions. A “complete street” is a street that allows for multiple modes of transportation, such as walkers, bikers, bus riders and wheelchairs, in addition to cars. Many municipalities in the region are also working to create areas more conducive to physical activity. Johnson […]

Tobacco 21|KC policies spreading in Kansas, Missouri

March 27, 2016


It’s been four months since Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, became the first cities in the metropolitan area to pass policies to increase the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. Since then Gladstone and Independence, Missouri, and Olathe and Prairie Village, Kansas, have passed […]

What were the 10 healthy improvements in our region?

A Healthy 10

March 2, 2016


A few years ago, we started looking ahead to our 10-year anniversary and how we could mark the occasion. Thus was born an ambitious project of mapping the health care landscape to better understand the accomplishments and obstacles surrounding care to the uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City region. To accomplish this, we sought interviews […]

Decade of Difference: Reaching out to at-risk populations

Oral health

February 5, 2016


In addition to new general service clinics, the area also has benefited from an expansion in dental care access for special needs and elderly populations. Oral Health on Wheels, a 40-foot mobile dental clinic operated by Johnson County Community College, provides professional dental cleaning and other maintenance services to special needs populations. A dental services […]

A Decade of Difference: Increasing tobacco taxes

Tobacco taxes 2015

January 27, 2016


Historically, one of the most effective strategies for reducing smoking has been to increase the cost of tobacco through higher taxes. According to the American Lung Association, a 10 percent increase in tobacco cost reduces consumption by about 4 percent among adults and 7 percent among youth. Each year, 6,500 Missouri youth start smoking, while […]

Happy holidays from HCF

December 23, 2015


‘Tis the season for holiday cheer! As we celebrate the holiday season, we asked HCF associates about their favorite holidays traditions. We hope you enjoy our latest infographic. We want to wish all of our grantees and community partners a very happy and healthy holiday season. As a reminder, the HCF offices will be closed […]

Health insured

Health insured

December 7, 2015


While many people in this region are uninsured and underserved, over the past decade, legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care transformations has made health care more accessible to many in our communities. Local free clinics, community health centers, safety net hospitals and community organizations are seeing increased […]

Thankful for 10 healthy years

mental health thankful

November 25, 2015


In case you haven’t heard, during 2015, we have been celebrating HCF’s 10th anniversary of grantmaking. Whether a celebratory picnic in the park, a luncheon and report looking back on how health has advanced in our region, or through our #AHealthy10 series, we’ve enjoyed looking back on all the amazing work that has been done to […]

Understanding trauma

Understanding Trauma

November 9, 2015


Over the past decade we’ve seen new approaches in the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Among the most effective of these is trauma-informed care. We’re proud to say that the Kansas City area has emerged as a national leader in this approach. Trauma-informed care is grounded in the knowledge that traumatic events or situations […]

Decade of Difference: expansion of oral health workforce

October 14, 2015


Ed. Note: This is a modified excerpt from our Decade of Difference report. Read more about the region’s health care workforce in our full report. Important developments throughout the dental workforce have played an essential role in supporting the expansion of the area’s oral health safety capacity. Increasingly, dental schools are reaching out to engage students […]

Right people. Right places.

October 8, 2015


In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we launched a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw progress in […]

Decade of Difference: Oral health emerges as public health priority

October 6, 2015


Ed. Note: This is a modified excerpt from our Decade of Difference report. Read more about the region’s oral health evolution in our full report. Increased oral care capacity, improved collaboration among safety net providers and a growing awareness of the relationship between oral and general health all have helped push oral health care nearer […]

Smiles all around

Smiles all around

September 10, 2015


In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we are launching a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw […]

Actively living

Actively Living

August 6, 2015


In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we are launching a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw […]

Care without limits

Care Without Limits

July 9, 2015


At its best, the quality of health care in our country and in our region is outstanding. We are at the forefront of developing and using state-of-the-art technologies and innovative pharmaceuticals and have some of the most sophisticated and highly renowned medical centers and clinicians. However, despite these impressive feats, the quality of health care […]

Nutrition nearby: A logical way to build healthier communities

Nutrition nearby healthy 10

June 4, 2015


To build healthier communities, a logical place to start is through improving nutrition. Ensuring that everyone has access to healthy foods has major implications for preventing chronic diseases and for improving overall community health. The availability of healthy foods — in grocery stores, restaurants, schools and farmers markets — is the hallmark of a thriving […]

Raising healthier kids

May 12, 2015


We know how important early years are for getting children off to a healthy start. These years set the stage for healthy habits to last throughout one’s life. Raising healthy children sounds pretty simple: brushing teeth, developing healthy relationships, practicing good nutrition and encouraging 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Instilling these life-long habits […]

Making communities safe from violence

April 13, 2015


If there is one thing that we’ve truly come to understand the past decade, it is that health is influenced by the places in which people live, learn, work, and play. In addition to the work we’ve supported to increase access to care, we’ve also funded work that transforms communities to make healthy choices easy […]

Breathe deeply: The air is clean

Clean Indoor Air Healthy 10

March 25, 2015


Just a decade ago, prohibiting smoking indoors wasn’t even on the table in most of the Kansas City metropolitan area. There was simply too much opposition on the part of tobacco companies, municipalities and owners of hospitality businesses to even begin the conversation. It was thought of purely as an economic decision that would harm […]

Introducing “A Healthy 10”

A Healthy 10

March 17, 2015


The year was 2005. There was little discussion and even less action surrounding the need to make public buildings smoke free. The same is true about improving food distribution in the urban core — helping low-income families get fresh fruit and vegetables. The public had few open discussions about mental health and its impact on […]

HCF’s Year in Review Blog Series

December 22, 2014


Before we ring in the New Year, HCF associates blogged about events, projects and moments from 2014 that impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation. Our Year in Review blog series has been annual activity for the last three years, and we’re pleased to present the full series here for your […]

Local Health Buzz blog: Top 10 Posts of 2014

December 22, 2014


What a year 2014 has been. We really ramped up production on our blog, hearing more from guest bloggers on health and health care in our communities and nation. In fact, we posted just under 100 blog entries this year, and nearly three-quarters were from our grantees and community partners. We strive to highlight the […]

5 reasons to eat local for the holidays

5 reasons to eat local for the holidays

November 26, 2014


Long gone are the dog days of summer. Winter, while not “officially” here, made its appearance early with bitter cold. Fortunately, with the decline in temperature, we also get to usher in the season of Thanksgiving, that wondrous holiday when we give thanks for the many blessings, family and friends in our lives. It also […]

HCF’s Grantmaking in 2014

January 22, 2014


At the end of each year, our HCF associates recounts health-related events from the year in our Year in Review blog series. This year was no different. In 2014, we also recapped our 10 most popular blog posts. We also like to keep you informed about what we’ve been up to in the past year […]

HCF Grantmaking in 2013

December 31, 2013


This year was a groundbreaking year in health care. The passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act will afford many more Americans with the opportunity to access quality health care through affordable health insurance. It was a productive year for our service area, too. Our grantees worked tirelessly to help eliminate barriers to quality […]

Happy Holidays from HCF

December 24, 2013


Happy holidays from all of us at HCF! We are thrilled to share with you our holiday greetings video. Please click on the image below to view our holiday greetings video. As a reminder, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Tuesday, Dec. 24 and opening […]

A Thanksgiving Wish from HCF

November 27, 2013


It is that time of year where we reflect on our blessings of the past year. As many of you know, 2013 has been an emotional year at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. With 17 total employees, HCF has always been a small, tight-knit organization. We are a family and as many […]

And Your Health Madness Champion Is …

April 9, 2013


The championship round of Health Madness mirrored last night’s championship game between Louisville and Michigan — game full of excitement with two teams worthy of competing for the top spot. There were lead changes, some fast breaks, answered quickly by votes from the other team, and ultimately a win decided by one point. Your Health […]

Final Four: Health Madness Results

April 8, 2013


We said this at the beginning of Health Madness: we think every single one of the 64 prevention strategies (and, some that didn’t make the tournament, truth be told) is a winner. But, wow. Color us yellow, because we are shocked (get it? color us yellow for the Wichita State University Shockers? Ok, moving on, […]

Elite Eight: Health Madness Results

April 4, 2013


Healthy Eating/Active Living division Complete Streets and Physical Activity both raced to the finish, with Complete Streets snagging the champion spot by five votes. Complete streets would facilitate safer transportation for everyone, especially children walking or riding a bike to school. Physical/Oral Health Essential Oral Health Benefits took the lead over Preventive Screenings and didn’t […]

Round 1: Health Madness Results

March 25, 2013


The first round of HCF’s Health Madness ended at noon on Sunday, March 24, a precursor to a memorable afternoon of NCAA Tournament basketball, with teams punching their tickets to the Sweet Sixteen. The fans have spoken! We’ve had time to tally your votes and declare which strategies moved on to the second round. We […]

Health Madness: Our Prescription for Good Health

March 15, 2013


Voting is now closed. Read the final blog post to find out the champion of Health Madness. In Kansas City, it’s common to find a Wildcat, a Jayhawk and a Tiger all working side by side in harmony. But when college football and basketball seasons roll around, that harmonious relationship can turn to one of […]

We Are Thankful

November 22, 2012


This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our grantees — current and former — and all the dedicated work they do to improve our communities and provide health services to the uninsured and underserved in our neighborhoods, even on the holidays. From all of us at the Health Care Foundation, we want to wish you a […]

Where Are They Now: Q&A with Sister Therese Bangert

November 15, 2012


Where Are They Now is a new series that brings updates of former HCF Board and The Community Action Committee (CAC) members. Sister Therese Bangert was an inaugural member of the CAC. She was appointed in January 2004 and served through January 2008 as a member and then co-chair of the Review Committee. What have […]

Where Are They Now: Q&A with Bishop Steve Jones

September 27, 2012


Where Are They Now is a new series that brings updates of former HCF Board and Community Action Committee (CAC) members. Bishop Steve Jones was an inaugural board member appointed in September 2003 and served through 2010. He was incredibly involved during his tenure, serving on the Administration & Logistics Committee, the Executive Committee and […]

Where Are They Now: Brenda Pelofsky

August 16, 2012


Where Are They Now is a new series that brings updates of former HCF Board and Community Action Committee (CAC) members. Brenda Pelofsky was a founding board member and served as the chair of the Administration and Logistics committee. She was inaugurated in September 2003 and resigned in July 2005. In the blog post below, […]

Where Are They Now: Interview with Sister Rosemary Flanigan

August 9, 2012


Where Are They Now is a new series that brings updates of former board and Community Action Committee (CAC) members. Sr. Rosemary Flanigan was one of the original members of HCF’s Community Action Committee, serving from January 2004 to December 2005. She was appointed by then Attorney General Jay Nixon. 1. In what capacity did […]

Smoke-Free Kansas City

June 7, 2012


As a grantmaking organization, we provide financial support to agencies and organizations who are doing tremendous work in our communities. These organizations are working to improve health care access, campaigning for better, safer streets, raising awareness on health-related issues. They host free dental clinics, offer free counseling, work with children in after-school programs. The list […]

Knowing the Signs of Abuse Can Help Protect Children

April 26, 2012


As April winds down, so too does Child Abuse Prevention Month. But child abuse prevention is a continual, 12-month effort. In 2010, there were 56,897 reports of child abuse in Missouri. Perspective: that number would fill approximately 70 percent of Arrowhead Stadium. You can find more information about child abuse in Kansas and Missouri in […]

Kansas City Scores Touchdown with Free Health Screenings

April 4, 2012


Special thanks to Raquel Garcia of Truman Medical Centers for contributing information about Touchdown Family Fest. It’s hard to picture the iconic Arrowhead Stadium filled not with raucous fans and Chiefs football stars but instead with patients and a multitude of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. But that’s just what will happen at Touchdown […]


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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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