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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 […]


Country doctor in a rural community

Last year when Dr. Karl Grant joined the Live Well Health Center in Buckner, we knew he would be a good fit for our fabulous rural community. He interviewed in cowboy boots and came from fixing fence and working cattle.  It was an immediate partnership for Live Well and the Health Care Collaborative of Rural […]


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 […]



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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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