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 […]


HCF releases two-year policy agenda

Whew, these are some challenging times in health policy, and not a single one is a simple fix. Between repeal/replace attempts at the federal level, a steady drumbeat of ACA-related executive orders, dormant efforts at expanding Medicaid (looking at you here, Missouri), and a groundswell of interest from area cities that are taking the reins […]


Creating a culture of health, the Wildcat way

On my new desk, with a view that looks out across Union Station and the Liberty Memorial, I’ve placed a framed copy of Bill Snyder’s 16 goals for success. When I see them I remember that success doesn’t happen overnight. Success is achieved with a daily commitment to be better than you were the day […]


HCF fellow sees impact of policy, advocacy on public health

During law school, I was lucky enough to have internships that opened my eyes to the intersection of law and health. Following fantastic internship opportunities with Legal Aid of Western Missouri and KU’s Medical Legal Partnership Clinic, I was thrilled to accept an internship as HCF’s Health Law and Policy Fellow. I was excited about […]


Midpoint recap: A look at HCF’s community forums

We are midway through our 10-part series of community forums, and we think that’s a perfect time for reporting and offering some assessment of what we’re hearing.   We have enjoyed engaging with community members and have appreciated benefiting from their personal knowledge of the places where they live, work and play. Below is Bob […]


Survey: finding HCF’s permanent location

It has been some months now that we have relocated to our office space at 2300 Main Street. We have been so appreciative that this office was able to accommodate our urgent need for interim office space. If you get a chance to drive by our old home at 18th and Prospect, you will see […]



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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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