Creating safety and stability for Kansas children

By Vicky Roper on April 20, 2017
Prevent Child Abuse Kansas Director, Kansas Children’s Service League

In 2012, I attended a workshop at the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, where I learned about the interactive systems learning lab the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had created to encourage businesses to invest in violence prevention. It was agreed that the early version of the learning lab would be […]


In-school therapy combined with parenting program make world of difference for families

By Rachel Segobia on April 3, 2017
Executive Director, Lee’s Summit CARES

Peace begins with a smile.  – Mother Teresa Individuals living outside of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, may pause when they hear about poverty in a city that is considered so affluent, but a 2013 survey conducted by the City of Lee’s Summit shows that this affluence only makes things more complicated. Lee’s Summit residents living at […]


Program introduces trauma-informed care to culinary industry

By Amy Simmons, MSW on March 14, 2017
Director of Community Care, Episcopal Community Services

I want you to take a journey with me… close your eyes and think of a commercial kitchen, like the kitchen in your favorite restaurant. With your eyes closed tell me what you hear… what you smell… what it feels like. Is it loud? Do you hear the voices, clanging of pots and pans, the rhythm […]


Election recap: The context may change, but the goals don’t

By Jessica Hembree on November 14, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Now that we’ve had some time to process the outcomes of this general election, I wanted to provide a recap of Tuesday’s election results and some thoughts about how the election results will impact HCF’s policy work in the coming years. National Election Results While it is too early to know the impact of the […]


Women’s group offers therapy, friendship

By Sylvia L. Goodloe on November 10, 2016
LMSW Clinical Coordinator/Therapist, Reconciliation Services

Reconciliation Services formed Strength eNergy And Power (SnAP) in 2011 to provide women who suffered from severe depression and/or trauma-related symptoms the opportunity to get better through treatment. At that time, we came in contact with many women who because of their past trauma(s) and symptoms of depression, felt overwhelmed and struggled to do necessary […]


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Mental health behavioral health

By Erica Immenschuh, LSCSW on October 11, 2016
Johnson County Mental Health Center, Adult Services Team Leader

Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? Have you ever experienced or witnessed family violence? Were you bullied by a peer or classmate?  Did you ever live in a home where there was not enough money for food? All of these are examples of adversities that affect us in one way or another. Recent research […]


Kansas City foster-parent group grows to nationally recognized agency

By Lori Ross on September 29, 2016
CEO and President, FosterAdopt Connect

In 1998, I joined a handful of Kansas City-area foster parents at a support group meeting in Eastern Jackson County. In that meeting, people who were new to fostering, and people who had fostered for a while, were sharing their experiences and challenges and seeking solutions together. I quickly decided that I wanted to be […]


HCF committee gathers input from high school students

By Community Input Committee on September 14, 2016
, HCF Community Advisory Committee

One of the primary roles of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to gather community input surrounding access to care, perceived and present barriers to health, areas of need, etc. It is for this purpose that the Community Input Committee, a sub-committee of the CAC, facilitates a number of listening sessions in the community to […]


Youth Ambassadors write children’s book depicting harsh reality

By Paige O’Connor on September 14, 2016
Executive Director, Youth Ambassadors, Inc.

In my children’s favorite childhood book, For Every Child a Better World, Kermit the Frog shows children that others are working hard to make our world a better place.  It is a compassionate book that gently introduces us to how others live “outside” their community and acquaints us to the United Nation’s Convention on the […]


Understanding that parents are a child’s first teacher

By Brijin Gardner on September 8, 2016
Director of Clinical and Social Services, Operation Breakthrough


Kayla Sullivan
Social Services Coordinator, Operation Breakthrough

Every weekday, 400 children and their families make their way to Operation Breakthrough, an early education center the heart of Kansas City. We strive to provide multi-generational support to children and their families through a lens of practice that promotes resiliency and healthy attachment. Parents play the critical role of being their child’s first teacher […]



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