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 […]


Need insurance? Marketplace open enrollment is just around the corner

Last-minute changes at the federal level to the health insurance marketplace are causing confusion among many consumers. Some people are wondering if they can still get insurance or if they will lose coverage they already have. “It’s important for consumers to know the 2018 marketplace opens for business Nov. 1,” said Molly Moffett, program manager […]


New calculator measures cost of food insecurity for community


Adriana Pecina
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

We all know what it’s like to feel a little hungry, to miss or even skip a meal. We may jokingly overdramatize it, saying things like, “I’m starving,” or describing ourselves as “hangry.” But that’s not true hunger, and true hunger isn’t the most concerning food-related health issue. That would be food insecurity, which encompasses […]


Advocates gather to address food insecurity

Hunger advocates and health care professionals gathered on September 13 for the first Hunger Free Healthcare Summit in Kansas City. The first-of-its kind summit was an opportunity to discuss the impact of nutrition and food access on health and integrated solutions for patients. The summit was the culmination of nine months of collaborative work between […]


Summit brings focus on safe routes to schools

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to get more students biking and walking to school. This movement promotes healthy, safe, and connected neighborhoods. Locally, several organizations, schools, municipalities, and community members support Safe Routes to School programming in a variety of ways from walking school buses and bicycle education to installation of new […]


Allen County wins Culture of Health Prize

It is with tremendous excitement that we announce that our home — Allen County, Kansas — has been named as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. And that certainly describes what […]


What no one tells you about leadership

Who honestly cares about leadership? I don’t think I have ever heard someone say, “Omg! I can’t wait until the next leadership seminar that I have to attend!” I work in the public health industry, and even I, someone who has dedicated my career to improving the health of our residents, never saw the true […]


Lessons and stories from Healthy Communities Leadership Academy

What is your story? This was a question that was posed to us during the first Healthy Communities Leadership Academy workshop back in November. As individuals, we all have a story to tell and an important component of this is the power we have to serve as our own storytellers. What is equally important is […]


BikeWalkKC’s youth bicycle education expands throughout the region

With support from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and our other partners, BikeWalkKC had its busiest school year yet, including youth education programs at 26 schools across the Kansas City metro area, benefitting over 1,800 students. BikeWalkKC’s Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) program had over 1,600 participants at 14 Kansas and […]


Our national health care system should work for everyone

For the last eight years, we have watched our elected officials introduce and pass health care legislation. We advocated that any bill should protect our citizens with the least means and the most health needs. We are again advocating that any changes to the current health care coverage protect the most vulnerable around us. What is […]



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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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