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 […]


Radio program reaches out to at-risk Latino population

Isolated by language, culture and poverty, many Latino immigrants in Kansas City face chronic health risks often made worse by their limited knowledge of nutrition and inadequate access to healthy foods. El Centro Inc., a 40-year-old area nonprofit, is reducing that isolation with an innovative program that draws from the oral tradition to educate vulnerable […]


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 […]



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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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