American Health Care Act: Senate must protect our most vulnerable

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that takes a major step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), damages many elements of the Affordable Care Act that have worked to lower rates of uninsured. In particular, the AHCA allows states to […]


Menorah Heritage Foundation continues tradition of healing and service

Nearly 100 years ago, the Kansas City Jewish community began a conversation about how to provide quality health care and afford all physicians a place to practice medicine, without regard to religion, race or economic status. Today this tradition lives on in the Menorah Heritage Foundation, recently formed by the merger of the Jewish Heritage […]


Health literacy summit: what do you want to learn?

The 7th Annual Health Literacy Missouri Summit is quickly approaching! This month Health Literacy Missouri will bring together hundreds of professionals all looking to build their literacy skills, take part in discussions and panels, and learn from the most championed in the industry. If you have ever been interested in attending a gathering of like-minded […]


Politics, elections, and expanding KanCare

Topeka Kansas Capitol

On August 3rd, expanding KanCare became much more likely than it had been the day before (in Kansas, the Medicaid program is known as KanCare). What happened? August 2nd was primary election day in Kansas. After years of ongoing budget crises, cuts to state agencies, and ideological steamrolling in the statehouse, Kansas voters had seemingly […]


Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at Pharmer’s Markets

Customers most often interact with their pharmacist in the few minutes it takes to pick up their prescription. Rarely do they engage pharmacists in conversations about chronic health conditions or ask questions about how they can better manage their medications. But they should, since pharmacists are easily accessible and knowledgeable on these issues. A new […]


HCF committee gathers input from high school students

One of the primary roles of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to gather community input surrounding access to care, perceived and present barriers to health, areas of need, etc. It is for this purpose that the Community Input Committee, a sub-committee of the CAC, facilitates a number of listening sessions in the community to […]


Promoting nursing leadership: The Kansas Nurse Leader Residency Program


Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Nurses play a critical role in the health care system. Factoring in total time spent with patients, one could argue that they are the face of health care. For this and many other reasons, the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, advocates for nurses to be full partners in […]


Let’s talk about poop!

Does the title make you cringe a little? Well, you’re not alone! Colon cancer is not something people prefer talking about, but it should be. Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. When detected in its early stages, it is more likely to be cured, […]


JVS program helps refugees learn to navigate health care system

JVS helps resettle approximately 450-500 refugees to Kansas City annually. Refugees are legally allowed to enter the U.S. for permanent resettlement after proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion in their country of origin. Financial assistance from the U.S. […]


Planned Parenthood Great Plains offers robust transgender care

I was training at City Gym in Waldo with my friend and City Gym owner, Hailee Bland Walsh, when we struck up a conversation about a workout program she had launched with a group of transgender men to help them develop a more masculine body shape. This casual conversation happened at a time whenPlanned Parenthood […]



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