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In this issue... August 2008

Safety Net RFP Deadlines

Wednesday, August 13th at 5 p.m. is the deadline for Safety Net Letters of Intent to be submitted online. Mailed copies must be postmarked by August 13th. Full proposals are due on Wednesday, September 10 at 5 p.m.


Prevention, Productivity and Quality Health

HCF and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce are bringing business and nonprofit leaders together to address the social and economic conditions that impede health in our community. Prevention, Productivity and Quality Health will held on September 29 from 11:30 - 1:30 at the Kauffman Foundation. This luncheon will feature a screening of the series Unnatural Causes and a keynote address from national expert and series star Dr. Adewale Troutman. Following the screening, a panel of local business and community leaders will discuss how social determinants of health affect local businesses and how to help employees focus on prevention and improve productivity. Register here.


Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits

HCF, the REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Council of Philanthropy is sponsoring a workshop presented by Alliance for Justice called Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits. The workshop is for nonprofit managers, staff and volunteers to learn more about advocacy and lobbying. The conference will be held on October 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. at the Pioneer Community College Auditorium. Space is limited. Registration is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Organizations are asked to limit to two registrations. Click here to register.


Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

HCF is proud to underwrite a four-hour series to air on Kansas City Public Television in October. "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" explores how health is shaped by the social and economic conditions in which we are born, live and work. The series will air on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on October 9th.


HCF Accepting Applications for Board of Directors

HCF is currently accepting applications from individuals to fill seven vacancies on the HCF Board of Directors in 2009. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside or work in the HCF service area and are required to represent the HCF service region's gender, racial, cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity. Interested and qualified candidates are asked to complete and return an application with your most current resume by September 1, 2008.


GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: Healthy Families Wyandotte and Johnson County

With the intensifying presidential election focusing on health care and the 47 million uninsured, some experts are looking even further and find that social conditions in which we are born, live and work profoundly affect health and longevity.

A two-year, $180,000 Safety Net grant to the Unified Government Public Health Department helps support the Healthy Families Wyandotte (HFW) and Healthy Families Johnson (HFJ) program. This program provides intensive in-home services to women experiencing pregnancy and children up to age three.

"The HFW and HFJ programs engage individuals, parents and their children in services and activities that seek to provide multifaceted resources to increase the likelihood of long term individual and social change," said Emily Kates, Program Supervisor. "Each program assists to create strong and inclusive communities, safe and healthy families and valued children who can realize their potential and enjoy productive and fulfilling lives."

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