Community health workers gain recognition as integral to health care

By Graciela Couchonnal on December 15, 2016
Vice President of Programs, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

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

By Lezly Vergara on November 30, 2016
High School Freshman, Cristo Rey Kansas City

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?

By Melanie Becker, RN on November 29, 2016
School Nurse, Cristo Rey Kansas City High School

“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

By Catherine Anderson on July 27, 2016
Manager of Language and Cultural Services, Jewish Vocational Services

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

By Laura McQuade on July 20, 2016
President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Great Plains

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 […]


JVS program helps refugees learn to navigate health care system

By Sarah Cirese-Payton, LMSW on June 14, 2016
Social Work Manager, Jewish Vocational Services

JVS helps resettle approximately 450-500 refugees to Kansas City annually. Refugees are legally allowed to enter the U.S. for permanent resettlement after proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion in their country of origin. Financial assistance from the U.S. […]


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 […]


Black Health Care Coalition works to achieve health equity

By Melissa J. Robinson, MBA on March 18, 2016
President, Black Health Care Coalition

The Black Health Care Coalition (BHCC) is a 27-year-old nonprofit organization deeply committed to the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin). While we aim to prevent chronic illness, our staff and medical volunteers understand and value the opportunity to provide secondary prevention and effectively serve those living with […]


A look back at 2015: Telling a good story

By Jennifer Sykes on January 1, 2016
Communications Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Everyone loves a good story. The best part of my job as as the Communications Officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is being able to share the stories of our community partners as they work to create healthier communities. This isn’t always easy. While there have never been more ways to reach […]



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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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