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 […]


Supporting mental health and wellness on Donnelly campus

Juggling multiple jobs and family responsibilities, struggling with housing or food insecurity, worrying that you or your family members might be deported and dealing with trauma, grief and loss—all of these are everyday realities for Donnelly College students. Imagine facing stressors like these while trying to navigate all the other “firsts” of college. Then imagine […]


There’s help for heroes when their job causes trauma

After several years at her demanding and sometimes emotionally draining job, an emergency medical technician starts frequently calling in sick. When she’s at work, she’s moody, and her performance level drops significantly. This EMT could be the individual face of secondary trauma. But, when the problem develops in more than a few employees, it can […]


Battling the stigma of mental health issues: Men supporting men

Many in our community are not only battling the aftereffects of trauma, but they also have to push through negative stigmas of mental health problems in order to find help and healing. Nearly all Reconciliation Services (RS) clients suffer from various combinations of mental illness, lack of education, unemployment or underemployment, homelessness, and social isolation. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Donnelly College works with minority students to reduce mental health stigma

On April 20, Donnelly College hosted its first-ever Text, Talk, Act event. Groups of students gathered around a cell phone and were guided by text to participate in a conversation about mental health. We were pleased with the turnout: 53 students attended, which is about one-eighth of the entire school! The event was part of an ongoing […]


Program introduces trauma-informed care to culinary industry

Episcopal Community Services kitchen, healthy communities, Health Care Foundation, HCF

I want you to take a journey with me… close your eyes and think of a commercial kitchen, like the kitchen in your favorite restaurant. With your eyes closed tell me what you hear… what you smell… what it feels like. Is it loud? Do you hear the voices, clanging of pots and pans, the rhythm […]


Election recap: The context may change, but the goals don’t

Now that we’ve had some time to process the outcomes of this general election, I wanted to provide a recap of Tuesday’s election results and some thoughts about how the election results will impact HCF’s policy work in the coming years. National Election Results While it is too early to know the impact of 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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