Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety
Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety
FreeWheels 4 Kids is a bike safety program based i ... Read More
Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety
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For going on 20 years, I’ve worked as a communicat ... Read More
Schedule your health screenings
Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day
Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day
Biking to school can be intimidating, but not on W ... Read More
Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day
Advocacy training sounds like music to my ears Advocacy training sounds like music to my ears
Advocacy training sounds like music to my ears
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Advocacy training sounds like music to my ears
Nonprofits can lobby Nonprofits can lobby
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Nonprofits can lobby

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 […]


Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day

Biking to school can be intimidating, but not on Walk and Roll to School Day! On Wednesday, May 9, approximately 50 students at two Rosedale elementary schools made their way to school in a noisy parade of friends, parents, teachers and neighbors. Rosedale Development Association (RDA) has worked with Frank Rushton and Noble Prentis Elementary […]


Advocacy training sounds like music to my ears

I was fortunate to be able to attend the advocacy training hosted by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Alliance for Justice last week. The speaker for the course, Nona Randois, the California director for Alliance for Justice, used an example and an activity to help frame the conversation. The example […]


Nonprofits can lobby

Public charities can lobby! There is a common misconception that 501(c)(3) public charities are prohibited from lobbying, and because of this myth, many nonprofit organizations are cautious when it comes to engaging in any advocacy work. On April 19th and 20th we hosted Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), to demystify the […]


Hello from the other side: from grant writer to HCF associate

Let me apologize in advance if you have an Adele song running through your head for the rest of the day. (Or not, she is pretty great after all!) April 16 marked the end of my first 90 days at HCF. Ninety days of coming to the “other side,” moving from grant writing within the safety […]


Employment should help Missourians overcome poverty, not lose health care

In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid directors on how to apply for a waiver to create work requirements for participants to remain eligible for the program. So far, three states — Arkansas, Indiana, and Kentucky — have been approved, and at least six more states […]


What we learned from 10 months of community dialogue

For many decades before I joined HCF, I ran a free health clinic, treating uninsured, low-income patients. They entrusted me with not only their physical health, but also their struggles and their accomplishments. These relationships and the stories my patients shared gave me a pulse on my community. It was something I deeply valued about […]


Learning bike safety is a BLAST

Editor’s note: this winter, our Communications Officer’s daughter, Maggie Sykes, had a BLAST with BikeWalkKC. The BLAST (Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training) program is designed to teach safe bicycling skills to students. A qualified BLAST instructor, working with the school’s physical education instructor, covers lessons in both in the classroom and on bicycles to practice […]


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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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