Neighborhood engagement key to healthy communities

By HCF Blog Team on May 6, 2016

Editor’s note: In our last feature on our 10-year report, we highlighted the efforts of municipalities that are working toward healthier communities. But neighborhood organizations are creating improvements as well, as you’ll read in this excerpt. Read more about healthy communities. In addition to municipalities, neighborhoods also are stepping up with grassroots solutions to stimulate active […]

Decade of Difference: Reaching out to at-risk populations

Oral health

By HCF Blog Team on February 5, 2016

In addition to new general service clinics, the area also has benefited from an expansion in dental care access for special needs and elderly populations. Oral Health on Wheels, a 40-foot mobile dental clinic operated by Johnson County Community College, provides professional dental cleaning and other maintenance services to special needs populations. A dental services […]

A Decade of Difference: Increasing tobacco taxes

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By HCF Blog Team on January 27, 2016

Historically, one of the most effective strategies for reducing smoking has been to increase the cost of tobacco through higher taxes. According to the American Lung Association, a 10 percent increase in tobacco cost reduces consumption by about 4 percent among adults and 7 percent among youth. Each year, 6,500 Missouri youth start smoking, while […]

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 […]

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 – While most of the report focuses on changes that have occurred, we also heard about health […]

A look back at 2015: Tobacco21|KC a win for public health

Tobacco21 KC logo

By Jessica Hembree on December 17, 2015
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

On November 19, both Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, passed policies to increase the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. Having been part of many tobacco fights over the previous 15 years, this one felt different. We were quick to achieve success and fortunate to find a depth and breadth of […]

Thankful for 10 healthy years

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By HCF Blog Team on November 25, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, during 2015, we have been celebrating HCF’s 10th anniversary of grantmaking. Whether a celebratory picnic in the park, a luncheon and report looking back on how health has advanced in our region, or through our #AHealthy10 series, we’ve enjoyed looking back on all the amazing work that has been done to […]

Decade of Difference: Oral health emerges as public health priority

By HCF Blog Team on October 6, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a modified excerpt from our Decade of Difference report. Read more about the region’s oral health evolution in our full report. Increased oral care capacity, improved collaboration among safety net providers and a growing awareness of the relationship between oral and general health all have helped push oral health care nearer […]

Celebrating a Decade of Difference

By Jane Mosley, PhD on September 18, 2015
Program and Evaluation Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

In 2012, then HCF President/CEO Steve Roling was on his way home from a conference when he had an idea, or as Steve promoted them to staff, “an opportunity.” He envisioned a small project looking back at how health has advanced in our region during HCF’s first 10 years of grantmaking. There were many, many […]

Looking Back on 10 Years: Healthy Communities Funding Improves Quality of Life

By Roberta Coker on June 3, 2015
Former Chair, Programs and Grant Committee, HCF

In 2005 when the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City was first beginning, the founding board of directors conducted many thoughtful discussions and research to focus the HCF’s funding. They selected the three areas of health that remain as the Foundation’s funding priorities: healthy lifestyles, mental health and safety net. While all of these […]


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