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My New Year’s Resolution for Kansas City

HCF associates, 2015

By Bridget McCandless, MD on December 31, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

  2015 was an exciting year for the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. It was during this year that we celebrated 10 years of grantmaking. Over the course of the past decade, we have funded over 440 organizations. We took an opportunity this year through our Decade of Difference report and website, events, […]

A look back at 2015: What we learned about the next Decade of Difference

By Jane Mosley, PhD on December 23, 2015
Program and Evaluation Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

For the past 18 months, HCF has been working on a project that examined how we’ve advanced health in our region over the past 10 years. The fruits of that labor is featured on our new website – While most of the report focuses on changes that have occurred, we also heard about health […]

Keep the line moving

Royals manager Ned Yost and World Series trophy

By Steve Roling on November 10, 2015
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I started playing baseball at a very early age, and I have always loved the sport and the important life lessons learned by playing team sports. So as you can imagine, these last few months for me have been like living on a cloud. Every day, another exciting come-from-behind win or bitter disappointment. Luckily for […]

Missouri working toward statewide community health worker standards

By Barbara Brendel on November 6, 2015
Health Program Representative III, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Department of Health and Senior Services’ vision is “Healthy Missourians for Life”.  Through use of community health workers connecting individuals with health and social services and community resources, Missourians will have assistance with taking steps to being healthy.   Community health workers are lay individuals who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually […]

Dental clinic serves Cass County underserved youth

By Amy Castle on September 25, 2015
Practice Manager, Cass County Dental Clinic

“You’re not healthy without good oral health,” was an oft-repeated phrase from U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in the early 1980s. This statement stands true today as dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic disease among children – five times more common than asthma and seven times more likely than hay fever, […]

School Meals Provide Nutrition Safety Net

By Jeanette Mott Oxford on May 20, 2015
Executive Director, Empower Missouri

One of my favorite inspirational readings ends with the line “Face reality and unwilled change will happen.” If our communities are to thrive, here is a reality that our society has to face: Too many families struggle to put food on the table. In fact, in 2014, one in six households in Missouri said there […]

Health Levy Funds Must Continue to Support Safety Net Providers

By Bridget McCandless, MD on March 4, 2015
President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

There has been much discussion of the proposed changes in the distribution of Kansas City’s health levy funds. In 2013, 72 percent of voters approved the extension of a portion of the health levy. This fund generates about $50 million per year for the support of the safety net system. These organizations include Truman Medical […]

Personal Stories Highlight Need to Expand Medicaid in Missouri

By Crystal Brigman Mahaney on February 19, 2015
Statewide Grassroots Organizer, Missouri Health Care for All

“Health insurance has given me peace of mind and I don’t have to worry about whether I’ll be able to eat or afford health insurance” – Abby Missouri Health Care for All (MHCFA) is a grassroots movement working to ensure every Missourian has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of where they live or […]

Buyer Beware: Aging into Medicare

By Rhonda Holman on December 16, 2014
Vice President, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

As has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation. On day seven of our Year In Review series, HCF Vice President/COO Rhonda Holman […]

United Way Call Center to Serve as Local Information Hub for Uninsured in Kansas, Missouri

By Gary Thurman on October 9, 2014
Call Center Manager, United Way of Greater Kansas City

If there’s one thing that we learned after the first year of enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, it’s that trying to reach all the eligible individuals and families with the information they need in order to enroll is a daunting task. According to Gallup data gathered in August 2014, even after last year’s major […]


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