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 […]


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 […]


Policy agenda: strengthening regional drug monitoring

A year ago, I had the opportunity to write a blog about prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and the regional efforts that we hoped would come to fruition in 2017. I am pleased to be able to write a new entry this year, that celebrates the work being done in Jackson County and 35 other counties […]


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 […]


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 […]


Why block grants are so troublesome

Although the U.S. Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we remain vigilant to monitoring future attempts of replacing the current health care system. We have always advocated that any adjustments to the federal health care laws should be more inclusive to all Americans and should impose fewer restrictions to access quality […]


Clay County should vote yes for children’s services fund

This has been a year in which politics has colored and impacted everyone, regardless of political party or point of view. It has been a year in which the importance of an individual vote and the collective consequence of our elections has been underscored and illuminated from every direction. It has also been a year […]


Learning about Missouri Medicaid from consumers

The Medicaid program has generated considerable attention and debate over much of its 50-year history. Despite the attention, it is disheartening that there is still so little public understanding and so much misinformation regarding how the program works, serving the disabled, elderly and low income people of our country. This information disconnect is aided by […]


A ‘pathway’ to better Medicaid for Missouri

We live in a country where health care is a constant topic of debate. There are widely varying views on how it should be delivered, how to reduce costs, and how to improve health outcomes. So when the HCF team, Kelly Ferrara from StratCommRX and I began the research of identifying preferences among a broad […]



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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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