Black Health Care Coalition works to achieve health equity

By Melissa J. Robinson, MBA on March 18, 2016
President, Black Health Care Coalition

The Black Health Care Coalition (BHCC) is a 27-year-old nonprofit organization deeply committed to the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin). While we aim to prevent chronic illness, our staff and medical volunteers understand and value the opportunity to provide secondary prevention and effectively serve those living with […]

Working to advance health through a well-prepared nursing workforce

By Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN on February 19, 2016
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN
Advocacy Team Leader, Kansas Action Coalition, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Just five years ago, a landmark report about nursing practice was released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2011). The IOM’s report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, offered eight recommendations for nursing education, leadership, and practice. The report advocates for nurses to work to the full scope of their education and training. All […]

The Little County that could

By Krista Postai on December 18, 2015
CEO & President, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Just over 100 miles southwest of Kansas City, there is a county of just over 13,000 residents that has created a model for community health improvement. A county that admitted collectively that it needed to improve health outcomes. A county that was willing to ask for help. A county that rolled up its sleeves (and […]

Health insured

Health insured

By HCF Blog Team on December 7, 2015

While many people in this region are uninsured and underserved, over the past decade, legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care transformations has made health care more accessible to many in our communities. Local free clinics, community health centers, safety net hospitals and community organizations are seeing increased […]

Thankful for 10 healthy years

mental health thankful

By HCF Blog Team on November 25, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, during 2015, we have been celebrating HCF’s 10th anniversary of grantmaking. Whether a celebratory picnic in the park, a luncheon and report looking back on how health has advanced in our region, or through our #AHealthy10 series, we’ve enjoyed looking back on all the amazing work that has been done to […]

Keep the line moving

Royals manager Ned Yost and World Series trophy

By Steve Roling on November 10, 2015
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I started playing baseball at a very early age, and I have always loved the sport and the important life lessons learned by playing team sports. So as you can imagine, these last few months for me have been like living on a cloud. Every day, another exciting come-from-behind win or bitter disappointment. Luckily for […]

Missouri working toward statewide community health worker standards

By Barbara Brendel on November 6, 2015
Health Program Representative III, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Department of Health and Senior Services’ vision is “Healthy Missourians for Life”.  Through use of community health workers connecting individuals with health and social services and community resources, Missourians will have assistance with taking steps to being healthy.   Community health workers are lay individuals who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually […]

Kansas City region recognizes importance of community health workers


By Dennis Dunmyer on October 28, 2015
Vice President of Behavioral Health and Community Programs, Kansas City CARE Clinic

A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a unique understanding of the community that they serve. In the evolving sphere of community or population health and the pursuit of the triple aim (Better Health Care, Better Health, and Reduced Cost), community health workers play […]

Right people. Right places.

By HCF Blog Team on October 8, 2015

In 2015, HCF is celebrating 10 Years of Grantmaking. But we are nothing without the organizations that work every day on eliminating barriers to quality health in our community. To mark this milestone, we launched a special series — A Healthy 10. Each month we’ll highlight one of 10 areas of health that saw progress in […]

School wellness policies important foundation for healthy school environments

By Deborah Markenson, MS, RD, LD on August 13, 2015
Director, Weighing In, a Program of Children's Mercy

As a baby boomer, I fondly remember walking to school each day, the extended time at lunch to chat with my friends and the fun I had at recesses. My grandchildren’s experiences are much different. Today’s children don’t have the same chance to be healthy, due to decreases in the amount of physical education, recess […]


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