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 […]


Kansans suggest ways to improve KanCare

About 1 in 5 Americans is covered by Medicaid, making it the single largest insurance program in the US. Medicaid is a critical safety net program for low-income individuals, many of whom have chronic mental and physical health conditions. The majority of state Medicaid programs now contract with managed care organizations to provide Medicaid services. […]


How will Millennial physicians change health care?

In recent years, one topic has dominated the news cycle, the popular culture, and our American society at large. This discussion is not centered on the NFL, President Trump, or the newest iPhone app, but instead around the showdown of the century: the Baby Boomers vs. the Millennials. Open today’s Wall Street Journal, watch an […]


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 […]


Free event will offer education on healthy choices to manage diabetes

Diabetes is a common medical condition that still exists under a shroud of mystery to normal citizens. Care and treatment for this condition doesn’t have to be a mystery or even scary. And, next week, that’s what we aim to do: remove the fear and mystery around a common condition that affects more than 100,000 […]


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 […]


Medical students need to understand poverty and its pernicious effect on health

There is little to no doubt that poverty and health are inextricably linked. If you are poor in the United States, you are more likely to die earlier,1 suffer from a mental illness2  and chronic medical conditions like obesity.3 And sadly, one could go on ad infinitum. There are several lessons that medical students took away […]



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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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