Our national health care system should work for everyone

For the last eight years, we have watched our elected officials introduce and pass nationwide health care legislation. We advocated during deliberations that any bill should protect our citizens with the least means and the most health needs. When the Affordable Care Act passed, but the Supreme Court struck down the Medicaid expansion mandate, HCF […]

Redefining workforce preparation

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Employable [em-ploi-uh-buhl] adj., n. Able to be employed; usable; capable of holding a job and available for hire; a person who is able to work and is available to be hired. While many workforce development programs focus on the skills necessary for someone to be hired or their usability, Episcopal Community Services’ Culinary Cornerstones Training […]

Cultivate Kansas City: Ensuring universal access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables

At Cultivate Kansas City (Cultivate KC), we grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City. We believe that every eater, regardless of income level, has the right to eat healthy, delicious food grown by local farmers. So often, individuals and families who rely on […]

May is National Bike Month, and here’s why it matters

May is National Bike Month, providing opportunities to showcase the many benefits of bicycling for all ages and skill levels. BikeWalkKC, the Mid-America Regional Council, and many other partners have created a regional Bike Month calendar to help folks from around the region find activities and events that celebrate cycling, including National Bike to School […]

HCF to host community forums in service area

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City highly values listening and engaging with our community. While HCF is best known for our annual $20 million in grantmaking, we know that this funding is just one component to achieving our mission of eliminating barriers to quality health and supporting those who care for the underserved […]

Cristo Rey’s Health Day covers the ABCs of health

On April 5, Cristo Rey students and faculty participated in their annual, all-day Health Day. I was honored to attend Health Day, and watch how the school promoted physical and emotional health through Zumba, meditation, yoga, and discussion groups. Cristo Rey’s Facebook page said Health Day covered healthy lifestyle topics from A, for an apple a day, […]

What a healthier Wyandotte looks like

A couple months ago, Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) threw a party for its 5th anniversary. Consider some of the highlights we celebrated: We partnered with the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County to enroll over 4,000 residents in health coverage, and decrease the rate of uninsured from 26 percent to 14 percent. This was the […]

Leadership academy graduates improving their communities

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

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where HCF associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our fourth post, Brenda Calvin and Adriana Pecina reflect on the success of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Three years ago, HCF began what we called […]

Not just a soup kitchen

Here at Episcopal Community Services, our motto is “Feeding the Hungry, Changing Lives.” We oversee a network of food programs across the Kansas City metro, including several pantries located in various Episcopal churches and the Kansas City Community Kitchen at 8th/Paseo, just east of downtown. we started getting calls and emails from all over the […]


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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