Improving HIV quality of care through data integration

HIV+ individuals suffer from high levels of stigma. Unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice still exist for people living with HIV. Therefore, any data that is tied to HIV status must be kept in the highest of confidences. However, data sharing is an important aspect of providing quality care and wrap around services for individuals suffering from […]


Announcing changes to HCF’s 2019 application deadlines

Changes to HCF 2019 grants schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning from our current grant management system to a new system that better fits our needs and delivers a more user-friendly and efficient experience for you, our applicants. To accommodate the move to a new grants management system, we are building in downtime in our funding […]


Community health centers good for a community’s economy as well as health

KC CARE Clinic's value to Kansas City's economy

You may not know it, but the health of the greater Kansas City area depends, in part, on our community health centers (CHCs), also sometimes referred to as federally-qualified health centers (or FQHCs). Health centers provide comprehensive health services, including primary care, behavioral health, dental services, chronic disease management, preventive care, and other services in […]


Survey provides comprehensive health data in Kansas, Missouri

Kansas and Missouri Consumer Health Access report

Communities often need richer detail on access to health care and coverage than federal surveys can offer. That is why the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, along with our partners the Kansas Health Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and United Methodist Healthy Ministry Fund, co-funded the Kansas and Missouri Consumer […]


Trauma-informed courts work to keep people in treatment, out of justice system

Courtrooms are no strangers to trauma. This includes the trauma many defendants experience throughout their lives, and the trauma they experience in court as they stand before a judge. In Wyandotte County District Court, these realities are beginning to inform the work judges do when encountering defendants who live with behavioral health challenges. Call them […]


Mercy and Truth clinic finds way to decrease patients’ missed appointments

Having a full medical appointment calendar where your doctor and nurse practitioner are fully booked is good. Having a high no-show rate is not. We determine a no-show patient as one who has confirmed an appointment but does not arrive. While the reasons for not keeping an appointment are personal to each individual, it creates […]


For healthier citizens, states should invest in three areas of Medicaid infrastructure

“The benefits under the law are as varied and broad as the marvelous modern medicine itself.” This was how President Lyndon Johnson described the bill he signed at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, that enacted Medicare and Medicaid into law. To be certain, Medicare and Medicaid represented a great step forward for the American […]


Access to health coverage in Kansas, Missouri

HCF’s Mission: Providing leadership, advocacy, and resource to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for the uninsured and underserved in our service area. When I dismantle HCF’s mission into its bits and pieces, the action words stand out loud and clear: “leadership, advocacy, and resources,” but perhaps more importantly I think about the who of […]


Why tax credits are important to nonprofits

The state of Kansas, and specifically the Kansas Department of Commerce, created an interesting program that assists nonprofits in achieving fundraising goals. Through their Community Service Program, state tax credits are annually awarded to nonprofits through a highly competitive application. Nonprofits can then pass these tax credits on to any donor who contributes $250 or […]



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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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