May is National Bike Month, and here’s why it matters May is National Bike Month, and here’s why it matters
May is National Bike Month, and here’s why it matters
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May is National Bike Month, and here’s why it matters
HCF to host community forums in service area HCF to host community forums in service area
HCF to host community forums in service area
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HCF to host community forums in service area
Medical students need to understand poverty and its pernicious effect on health Medical students need to understand poverty and its pernicious effect on health
Medical students need to understand poverty and its pernicious effect on health
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Medical students need to understand poverty and its pernicious effect on health
American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable
American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable
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American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable
Child illnesses: is it a trip to the ER or a late-night run to the store? Child illnesses: is it a trip to the ER or a late-night run to the store?
Child illnesses: is it a trip to the ER or a late-night run to the store?
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Child illnesses: is it a trip to the ER or a late-night run to the store?

Grantee survey provides HCF with valuable feedback

By Jane Mosley, PhD on May 18, 2017
Program and Evaluation Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City places a high emphasis on using data to make decisions. Evaluation of projects and programs is necessary in order to learn. It helps us determine what part of a project was successful, and just as importantly, what part needs improvement. It leads us to fine-tune and improve […]


May is National Bike Month, and here’s why it matters

By Karen Campbell on May 16, 2017
Director of Development and Communications, BikeWalkKC

May is National Bike Month, providing opportunities to showcase the many benefits of bicycling for all ages and skill levels. BikeWalkKC, the Mid-America Regional Council, and many other partners have created a regional Bike Month calendar to help folks from around the region find activities and events that celebrate cycling, including National Bike to School […]


HCF to host community forums in service area

By Bridget McCandless, MD on May 15, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City highly values listening and engaging with our community. While HCF is best known for our annual $20 million in grantmaking, we know that this funding is just one component to achieving our mission of eliminating barriers to quality health and supporting those who care for the underserved […]


Medical students need to understand poverty and its pernicious effect on health

By Faiz Kidwai, MPH, MS1 on May 11, 2017
Medical Student, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

There is little to no doubt that poverty and health are inextricably linked. If you are poor in the United States, you are more likely to die earlier,1 suffer from a mental illness2  and chronic medical conditions like obesity.3 And sadly, one could go on ad infinitum. There are several lessons that medical students took away […]


American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable

By Bridget McCandless, MD on May 10, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that takes a major step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), damages many elements of the Affordable Care Act that have worked to lower rates of uninsured. In particular, the AHCA allows states to […]


Child illnesses: is it a trip to the ER or a late-night run to the store?

By Peggy Kelly on May 9, 2017
Kansas Head Start Association, Executive Director

For parents, health literacy can be the difference between a trip to the local drug store for a cold remedy and an emergency room bill for hundreds of dollars or more. Unnecessary emergency room or doctor visits eat up limited resources of families, medical providers and government programs. Parents want to do what is right […]


Tax proposal that makes dollars and sense for Kansas

By Hilary Gee, MSW on May 4, 2017
Kansas Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Kansas is broke. The Legislature needs to raise $1 billion to $2 billion in new revenue just to get through the next two years. Plus, the Legislature needs to come up with a new plan – and revenue — to fund K-12 education and comply with a state Supreme Court ruling. Each Kansas household – […]


Donnelly College works with minority students to reduce mental health stigma

By Susan Lechliter on May 3, 2017
Director of Counseling Center, Donnelly College

On April 20, Donnelly College hosted its first-ever Text, Talk, Act event. Groups of students gathered around a cell phone and were guided by text to participate in a conversation about mental health. We were pleased with the turnout: 53 students attended, which is about one-eighth of the entire school! The event was part of an ongoing […]


With deep gratitude, thank you to all our volunteers

By Bridget McCandless, MD on April 26, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

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. […]


Public health policy: an unassuming name for some truly life-saving programs

By Lee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA on April 24, 2017
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, The University of Kansas Health System

This may sound odd, coming from a physician, but I believe that the general public and, in particular, public policy makers, place too much emphasis on medical care and too little emphasis on the other determinants of health. I believe that a country as productive and wealthy as ours should be able to provide a […]


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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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