‘Art soothes the body, soul, and mind’

By Dave Sullivan on July 6, 2016
Executive Director, ArtsTech

Cicely was a confused, bitter, and disruptive teenager who had been put out of three schools before coming to ArtsTech. In partnership with the Kansas City Public Schools, ArtsTech served 100+ young people with similar issues as Cicely’s this past school year. As part of Cicely’s, and most other students’, educational and mental health action […]

JVS program helps refugees learn to navigate health care system

By Sarah Cirese-Payton, LMSW on June 14, 2016
Social Work Manager, Jewish Vocational Services

JVS helps resettle approximately 450-500 refugees to Kansas City annually. Refugees are legally allowed to enter the U.S. for permanent resettlement after proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion in their country of origin. Financial assistance from the U.S. […]

Resilient KC: Thriving through adversity in Kansas City

By Jasmin Williams on May 29, 2016
Project Coordinator, Kansas City Chamber

Trauma Matters KC and The Chamber of Commerce Foundation of Greater Kansas City are excited to partner on a new initiative geared towards creating a resilient Kansas City community. On April 12th, both parties publicly announced this new partnership and the goals they wish to accomplish with a two year start in funding from The […]

Join us today as we Text, Talk, Act

Talk Text Act

By Jennifer Wilding on April 19, 2016
Director, Consensus

On April 19, young people here and around the U.S. will gather friends around a cell phone for Text, Talk, Act, a guided, face-to-face discussion about mental health. Locally, Creating Community Solutions-KC and its partners are encouraging conversations for people under 18, and for young adults 18-24. Young people under 18 If you work with […]

System change requires commitment and funding

Johnson County Trauma Informed Care Task Force

By Valorie Carson on February 24, 2016
Community Planning Director, United Community Services of Johnson County

The human services sector — like all professional fields — is one that must incorporate new research and understanding of the interconnectedness between the body, behavior, history and environment in order to stay relevant. Professional development around issues such as cultural competence, gender identity, impact of socio-economic status, and equity have strengthened organizations’ ability to […]

A look back at 2015: Telling a good story

By Jennifer Sykes on January 1, 2016
Communications Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Everyone loves a good story. The best part of my job as as the Communications Officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is being able to share the stories of our community partners as they work to create healthier communities. This isn’t always easy. While there have never been more ways to reach […]

My New Year’s Resolution for Kansas City

HCF associates, 2015

By Bridget McCandless, MD on December 31, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

  2015 was an exciting year for the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. It was during this year that we celebrated 10 years of grantmaking. Over the course of the past decade, we have funded over 440 organizations. We took an opportunity this year through our Decade of Difference report and website, events, […]

A look back at 2015: What we learned about the next Decade of Difference

By Jane Mosley, PhD on December 23, 2015
Program and Evaluation Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

For the past 18 months, HCF has been working on a project that examined how we’ve advanced health in our region over the past 10 years. The fruits of that labor is featured on our new website – HCFDecadeofDifference.org. While most of the report focuses on changes that have occurred, we also heard about health […]

Trauma-informed care invites perspective

Mental health

By Valorie Carson on December 4, 2015
Community Planning Director, United Community Services of Johnson County

  As the HCFGKC’s Blog has been exploring this past month, childhood trauma is known to be directly tied to increased risk for poor health and health-related outcomes in adulthood. Since early 2012, a dozen and a half organizations have been meeting and working together to build a trauma-informed community in Johnson County, Kansas. Valorie […]

SAFEHOME’s practices driven by the latest research on trauma

coping plan

By Kristin Brumm on December 2, 2015
Executive Vice President, SAFEHOME

For the past 36 years, SAFEHOME has been working with some of Johnson County’s most vulnerable citizens – women, children and men who have experienced violence and abuse. Oftentimes, the abuse has been going on for years and the victims come to us with significant physical and emotional wounds. Our advocates learned over the years […]


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