New associate sees culture of learning at HCF

When HCF listed an opening for a new evaluation & learning officer, I was intrigued by the emphasis on “learning.” It’s easy to agree about the value of learning from what we do, but it can be challenging to find time away from day-to-day demands to reflect on what our work teaches us. Often when […]


Schedule your health screenings

For going on 20 years, I’ve worked as a communicator in the health industry. I’ve written countless letters to the editor, newsletter articles, blogs, social media posts on whatever national “week” or “month” it is. This week is no different. Mother’s Day kicked off National Women’s Health Week. Our blog administrator asked that I write […]


Nonprofits can lobby

Public charities can lobby! There is a common misconception that 501(c)(3) public charities are prohibited from lobbying, and because of this myth, many nonprofit organizations are cautious when it comes to engaging in any advocacy work. On April 19th and 20th we hosted Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), to demystify the […]


Hello from the other side: from grant writer to HCF associate

Let me apologize in advance if you have an Adele song running through your head for the rest of the day. (Or not, she is pretty great after all!) April 16 marked the end of my first 90 days at HCF. Ninety days of coming to the “other side,” moving from grant writing within the safety […]


What we learned from 10 months of community dialogue

For many decades before I joined HCF, I ran a free health clinic, treating uninsured, low-income patients. They entrusted me with not only their physical health, but also their struggles and their accomplishments. These relationships and the stories my patients shared gave me a pulse on my community. It was something I deeply valued about […]


Access to health coverage in Kansas, Missouri

HCF’s Mission: Providing leadership, advocacy, and resource to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for the uninsured and underserved in our service area. When I dismantle HCF’s mission into its bits and pieces, the action words stand out loud and clear: “leadership, advocacy, and resources,” but perhaps more importantly I think about the who of […]


Reflections on 2017 and a look ahead at 2018

No one can dispute that we are in a time of unprecedented change. With a new administration this year on the federal and local levels, there are many changes that impact the vulnerable populations we serve. There is a dynamic momentum around heath in our area. Agencies are truly igniting a culture of health on […]


May your days be merry and bright

Well, here it is, dear readers. The end of another year. And what an interesting year 2017 has been! As Americans, we persevered through a tumultuous year. As Missourians and Kansans, we saw some successes in health. And closer to our home, HCF experienced quite a bit of change. Before we get too far into […]


Giving thanks for health insurance

“Better living through chemistry.” “Thank God we have health insurance!” Those were two things I said to my husband as we drove home along Interstate 35 in August 1998. We had just come from Children’s Mercy Hospital, where the good doctors there had just confirmed a Turner Syndrome (TS) diagnosis for our 10-year-old daughter. TS […]


Kansas City, here I come!

I have a distinct memory from a few years ago of a friend telling me, “Kansas City is unassuming. You will eventually fall in love with this place.” Fast forward a few years, I now live here and am beginning to scratch the surface of understanding people’s fierce loyalty to this city and love for […]



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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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