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 […]


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 […]



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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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