Now is the time to contact your elected official about the farm bill

Summer is the time to enjoy the bounty of the Midwest. Fresh Missouri peaches. Sweet Kansas corn. Juicy red tomatoes. But while we’re enjoying these fresh seasonal foods, it’s important to remember the policies that impact how and what we eat all year long. The farm bill, which governs food and agriculture policy in the […]


Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety

FreeWheels 4 Kids is a bike safety program based in Kansas City, Kansas, under the umbrella of Central Avenue Betterment Association. We reach youth through our three core programs, Let’s Get Rolling, Earn-A-Bike, and Bike Clubs. Let’s Get Rolling is a program designed to teach safe riding skills for elementary school students by transforming their P.E. […]


Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day

Biking to school can be intimidating, but not on Walk and Roll to School Day! On Wednesday, May 9, approximately 50 students at two Rosedale elementary schools made their way to school in a noisy parade of friends, parents, teachers and neighbors. Rosedale Development Association (RDA) has worked with Frank Rushton and Noble Prentis Elementary […]


Learning bike safety is a BLAST

Editor’s note: this winter, our Communications Officer’s daughter, Maggie Sykes, had a BLAST with BikeWalkKC. The BLAST (Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training) program is designed to teach safe bicycling skills to students. A qualified BLAST instructor, working with the school’s physical education instructor, covers lessons in both in the classroom and on bicycles to practice […]


BikeWalkKC teaches KC youth skills to be lifelong cyclists


David Hansen
Education Specialist, BikeWalkKC

With support from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and other partners, BikeWalkKC is celebrating over six years of bicycle education. Since 2012, we have taught bicycle handling and safety proficiency, maintenance and repair skills, and advocacy to students across the Kansas City Metro. Our graduates use their bicycles for exercise and transportation, […]


Thriving urban orchards help improve diets, rejuvenate communities

A visionary idea that took root in the Kansas City area six years ago continues to flourish as it improves healthy eating for low-income families and nurtures a renewed sense of community across struggling urban neighborhoods. The Giving Grove, a program of the Kansas City Community Gardens, is a one-of-a-kind initiative that helps at-risk communities […]


Addressing housing, a healthy move for Kansas City


Brent Schondelmeyer
Deputy Director - Community Engagement , Local Investment Commission (LINC)

Affordable housing is a neglected issue in Kansas City, largely unaddressed by policy and not yet a breakthrough topic in our public discourse. Affordable housing hasn’t garnered the civic interest or needed capital (public or private) of a new airport, light rail, convention hotel, sports complex, or any number of high-profile development projects. But it […]


Johnson County increases access to smoke-free housing

In 2015, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) partnered with Shawnee Mission Health to conduct its most recent Community Health Assessment. Staff and volunteers surveyed over 500 households and gained valuable insight into the health of our community. The Johnson County Community Health Assessment and Community Profile was released in 2016.  Using that […]


Country doctor in a rural community

Last year when Dr. Karl Grant joined the Live Well Health Center in Buckner, we knew he would be a good fit for our fabulous rural community. He interviewed in cowboy boots and came from fixing fence and working cattle.  It was an immediate partnership for Live Well and the Health Care Collaborative of Rural […]



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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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