And the Oscar goes to ….

As a co-lead of the Safety Net Foundation Defined Grant round, I am always looking for ways to make the process simpler and more transparent for everyone who submits an application. Realizing the significant time demands on everyone in the safety net health community, we decided to record a webinar with all of the detailed […]


Child illnesses: is it a trip to the ER or a late-night run to the store?

For parents, health literacy can be the difference between a trip to the local drug store for a cold remedy and an emergency room bill for hundreds of dollars or more. Unnecessary emergency room or doctor visits eat up limited resources of families, medical providers and government programs. Parents want to do what is right […]


The great Kansas comeback

I am a fiercely proud native Kansan and believe two things to the core of my being: That Kansas is the greatest state in the nation and that Kansans are good people. When historians reflect on Kansas, they always seem to make note of a unique, collective mindset among its people. We’ve been described as […]


From tragedy to triumph: Luke’s journey of hope at The Carousel Adult Daycare Center

The Carousel Adult Daycare Center opened its doors in January 2003. Today, The Carousel continues to serve the families of the Greater Kansas City area, dedicated to providing care to the elderly and adults with special needs. Our goal is to provide a safe place where care givers can rest assured that their loved ones […]


Literacy KC positions itself as leader in adult literacy education

Thirty years ago, Literacy KC began as a dream and grew out of a passion to help people. A small group of volunteers perceived a need in the community and created a tiny organization to provide literacy tutoring for adults. What began in the basement of a church has blossomed into close to a $1 million […]


KCU medical students work with children on healthier lifestyles

Imagine being a first-year medical student and having a daily schedule of lectures over subjects such as pharmacology of the neuromuscular junction, radiographic anatomy, smooth muscle physiology and then attending a lab on thoracic spine diagnosis.   After these, you’ll need to study for several hours in preparation for tomorrow’s courses and tests. Perhaps imagine […]


Promoting nursing leadership: The Kansas Nurse Leader Residency Program


Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Lead, Kansas Action Coalition, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Nurses play a critical role in the health care system. Factoring in total time spent with patients, one could argue that they are the face of health care. For this and many other reasons, the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, advocates for nurses to be full partners in […]


The dental community serving the local community

The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is more than a free dental clinic. It’s tangible help. It’s giving at its best. That is why I love working on this grand scale inspirational project. Collectively we accomplish something together that we could never do alone. MOMOM is an intersection of three communities. Allow me to unpack […]


Agency helps refugee children adjust to new life

Refugee families and their children can have a difficult time adjusting to life in Kansas City. They have to learn to speak English, adjust to a very different environment, learn new cultural norms, and make new friends. For youth, this often leaves them caught between the traditional ways of their parents and the modern, American […]


Planned Parenthood Great Plains offers robust transgender care

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 […]



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