District sees students succeed through school-based health services

Eight years ago, we debuted the ACCESS program, a partnership between Pathways Community Health and Belton School District. The program started with much anticipation during the 2010-2011 school year and was implemented in all 10 schools in the district. All of the schools offer the same individual and family therapy support provided by the five […]


Scaling up school-based health services


Shannon Morris
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

All of us at HCF recognize that children who are well are more likely to succeed in school and life. That’s why we are proud to have provided nearly $7 million in grants for school-based health services, particularly mental health services (see here, here and here for examples). Read how school-based therapy is helping kids […]


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 […]


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 […]



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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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