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Kansas and Missouri Consumer Health Access report

Communities often need richer detail on access to health care and coverage than federal surveys can offer. That is why the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, along with our partners the Kansas Health Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and United Methodist Healthy Ministry Fund, co-funded the Kansas and Missouri Consumer […]


HCF responds to family separation and detention border policies

Our focus at HCF has always been to advocate for the health of those in our community who are most in need. It was a promise we made at the inception of the organization in 2003. It is not only our obligation to do this, but our privilege. Over the years, we have supported clean […]


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 […]



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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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