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 […]


Community health workers gain recognition as integral to health care

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where HCF associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our ninth post, Graciela Couchonnal looks back at the integral part community health workers play in health care. Join us as we look back on 2016.  If you work on health systems reform, you could […]


My new glasses

Editor’s note: Cristo Rey School Nurse Melanie Becker identified Cristo Rey students who needed glasses. We are honored to have Lezly Vergara’s account of her first eye exam and receiving glasses. The process of getting the glasses wasn’t that complicated. When Nurse Becker first took us to the OneSight Vision Van, they gave us a snack. Students […]


Can you see me now?

“Can you see me now?” That’s the question students at Cristo Rey Kansas City heard when they received their first pair of eyeglasses. As a school nurse, I wear many hats. I am always on the hunt for opportunities and resources that will improve our students’ health and quality of life. From routine screenings to […]


JVS helps refugees face bewildering U.S. health system

Refugees come to Kansas City from countries all over the world — Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Burma, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. Their first view of Kansas City is through the windows of a jet landing at Kansas City International Airport, usually late at […]


Wait, don’t change that doctor just yet

It’s a statement that makes me cringe each time I hear it, and I hear it often – “I miss my Planned Parenthood provider since I’ve stopped needing reproductive health care.” Reproductive health care isn’t just about the years women and men are either trying to get pregnant or avoiding it. It includes the hormonal […]



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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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