Gun violence is a public health issue for which something can be done

By Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMin on August 30, 2016
Rosemary Flanigan Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics

Dallas. Baton Rouge. Orlando. San Bernadino. Ferguson. When city names become synonymous with acts of gun violence, we need to talk. This is how the Center for Practical Bioethics introduced the 22nd annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture and Symposium held August 10-11, 2016 in Kansas City. Initially, we started with just three city names in that […]

Planned Parenthood Great Plains offers robust transgender care

By Bonyen Lee-Gilmore on June 9, 2016
Director of Communications and Marketing, Planned Parenthood Great Plains

I was training at City Gym in Waldo with my friend and City Gym owner, Hailee Bland Walsh, when we struck up a conversation about a workout program she had launched with a group of transgender men to help them develop a more masculine body shape. This casual conversation happened at a time whenPlanned Parenthood […]

What’s a nonprofit to do?

By Jessica Hembree on April 20, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Presidential election years heighten the decibel of the political conversation. Between SNL skits, shocking headlines, and social media, politics are very top-of-mind for many of us in our personal lives, but where do they factor into the work of nonprofit organizations? Although nonprofits are prohibited from endorsing candidates or taking partisan position, they have significant […]

A Decade of Difference: city efforts encourage healthier communities

complete streets

By HCF Blog Team on April 15, 2016

Since 2010, a dozen municipalities in the region have implemented complete streets resolutions. A “complete street” is a street that allows for multiple modes of transportation, such as walkers, bikers, bus riders and wheelchairs, in addition to cars. Many municipalities in the region are also working to create areas more conducive to physical activity. Johnson […]

Tobacco 21|KC policies spreading in Kansas, Missouri

By HCF Blog Team on March 27, 2016

It’s been four months since Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, became the first cities in the metropolitan area to pass policies to increase the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. Since then Gladstone and Independence, Missouri, and Olathe and Prairie Village, Kansas, have passed […]

When nothing is better than something

By Bridget McCandless, MD on March 2, 2016
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Update: Please read why we only support a tobacco tax that has an actual effect on public health. HCF intends to pursue a substantial and impactful increase in the tobacco tax in the coming years. HCF and many others came together in 2012 to advocate for a ballot initiative to increase Missouri’s tobacco tax from $0.17 per […]

Working to advance health through a well-prepared nursing workforce

By Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN on February 19, 2016
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN
Advocacy Team Leader, Kansas Action Coalition, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Just five years ago, a landmark report about nursing practice was released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2011). The IOM’s report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, offered eight recommendations for nursing education, leadership, and practice. The report advocates for nurses to work to the full scope of their education and training. All […]

Eliminating the CIF: A risky proposition with no clear benefits

By Shannon Cotsoradis on February 5, 2016
President and CEO, Kansas Action for Children

Since the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) was established with tobacco settlement dollars in 1999, it has become the cornerstone of funding for our early care and education system in Kansas. In fact, pretty much every program that serves young children has received or is currently receiving funding from the CIF. That is why Governor Sam […]

Introducing HCF’s 2016 Policy Agenda

By Jessica Hembree on January 25, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Each year about this time, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City develops a policy agenda to help guide our advocacy work in the coming year. I know that many of our grantees and nonprofit partners do the same, and let me assure you that crafting these agendas is tricky! Every decision about where […]

Why are so many Kansans buying groceries in Missouri?

Groceries Healthy Eating

By Ashley Jones-Wisner on January 22, 2016
State Policy Manager, KC Healthy Kids

You might think that because Kansas is known as the “bread basket” of the nation, its people don’t have to worry about being able to afford their food. However, unlike every single one of its neighboring states, Kansas has not reduced or fully exempted groceries from its state sales tax rate. Consequently, Kansas now has […]


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