With deep gratitude, thank you to all our volunteers

By Bridget McCandless, MD on April 26, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Did you know that 62 million people volunteer each year? Most of them volunteer for an average of 40 hours per year. It never ceases to amaze me how much people are willing to invest time and energy into their communities. That expertise, love and devotion are indispensable. This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. […]


Everything you need to know about our move

By HCF Blog Team on March 1, 2017

Editor’s note: Our phone system and permanent phone number is now working. You may resume using (816) 241-7006.   After a fun few weeks of packing, this week is moving week for HCF. Moving trucks are shuttling our work environments to the new office, and we have said goodbye to 18th and Prospect. By Friday afternoon, we will […]


Farewell to 18th and Prospect

By HCF Blog Team on February 27, 2017

At the corner of 18th and Prospect sits a humble, unassuming building that has been the home of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City since our inception 14 years ago. In those early days, the inaugural HCF Board of Directors looked for a location that could provide a short-term lease while the board […]


Submit your agency’s promising practice

By Carlie Houchen on February 23, 2017
Analyst, Kansas Health Institute

Have you heard about the great health improvement efforts going on in Kansas City? KCHealthMatters.org is a website that features some of this outstanding work through its Promising Practices database. KCHealthMatters is a one-stop shop for data and resources to further understand and improve your community’s health, identify areas needing improvements and collaborate for positive […]


Now that the lawsuit is over, where do we go from here?

By Bridget McCandless, MD on February 16, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It was seven years ago HCF entered into litigation to ensure that HCA’s commitments to the communities we serve through the sale of Health Midwest were fulfilled. Last month, we were pleased to announce we had reached a mutual agreement to allow us to close these proceedings. In all, HCF added $175 million to our resources, […]


Experience informs 2017 policy agenda

By Jessica Hembree on February 2, 2017
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

This past week, we published our 2017 policy agenda, found here on our website. Setting policy goals is an annual activity for us and one that requires much consideration from both internal and external sources about our previous year’s policy results, the political and economic climate, and health trends. It’s neither a quick nor easy process […]


Where’s the health data?

By Jane Mosley, PhD on January 25, 2017
Program and Evaluation Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

HCF funds over 200 organizations each year ranging from grassroots organizations to large health systems and universities. Though different in size and scope, they are all working to improve health in their community. But how can we determine the areas that have improved and just as importantly, the areas of health that have yet to […]


Transparency in HCF’s funding

By Bridget McCandless, MD on January 4, 2017
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I am often asked about the dollars that support the efforts of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. When a foundation grants $20 million annually, those questions are inevitable because so many depend on those funds to serve the uninsured and underserved. I am thankful that our history of fiscal decision-making makes this […]


Warmest holiday wishes from HCF

By HCF Blog Team on December 19, 2016

All of us at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. As we approach the new year, we thank you for all you do to help make Greater Kansas City a healthier place to live. As a reminder, the HCF office will be […]



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