Supporting mental health and wellness on Donnelly campus

Juggling multiple jobs and family responsibilities, struggling with housing or food insecurity, worrying that you or your family members might be deported and dealing with trauma, grief and loss—all of these are everyday realities for Donnelly College students. Imagine facing stressors like these while trying to navigate all the other “firsts” of college. Then imagine […]


There’s help for heroes when their job causes trauma

After several years at her demanding and sometimes emotionally draining job, an emergency medical technician starts frequently calling in sick. When she’s at work, she’s moody, and her performance level drops significantly. This EMT could be the individual face of secondary trauma. But, when the problem develops in more than a few employees, it can […]


Battling the stigma of mental health issues: Men supporting men

Many in our community are not only battling the aftereffects of trauma, but they also have to push through negative stigmas of mental health problems in order to find help and healing. Nearly all Reconciliation Services (RS) clients suffer from various combinations of mental illness, lack of education, unemployment or underemployment, homelessness, and social isolation. […]


HCF to host community forums in service area

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 […]


Donnelly College works with minority students to reduce mental health stigma

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 […]


Creating safety and stability for Kansas children

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

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

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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

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

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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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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