Employment should help Missourians overcome poverty, not lose health care

In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid directors on how to apply for a waiver to create work requirements for participants to remain eligible for the program. So far, three states — Arkansas, Indiana, and Kentucky — have been approved, and at least six more states […]


What’s happening in Kansas and Missouri? A 2018 mid-session legislative recap

The clock has sprung forward, birds are singing, the sun is (sometimes) shining … spring is upon us! As the season turns, both the Missouri and Kansas legislatures are inching ever closer to the end of their legislative sessions. This is a great time to hit pause and take stock of the health policy picture […]


A year in review: HCF’s grantmaking in 2017

We often talk about our work to tackle the pressing health issues facing our community. Though the topics are always worthy of discussion and support, they can also be heavy and sad; after all, rarely does something positive come from not receiving regular medical care. However, it occurred to us recently that we rarely talk about […]


Advocates gather to address food insecurity

Hunger advocates and health care professionals gathered on September 13 for the first Hunger Free Healthcare Summit in Kansas City. The first-of-its kind summit was an opportunity to discuss the impact of nutrition and food access on health and integrated solutions for patients. The summit was the culmination of nine months of collaborative work between […]


What no one tells you about leadership

Who honestly cares about leadership? I don’t think I have ever heard someone say, “Omg! I can’t wait until the next leadership seminar that I have to attend!” I work in the public health industry, and even I, someone who has dedicated my career to improving the health of our residents, never saw the true […]


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 […]



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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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