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In this issue... August 2009

Safety-Net LOI Deadline, August 5th

In November 2009, HCF will invest $6.5 million in Safety Net grants. Eligible organizations within the HCF service area are encouraged to apply. Letters of Intent are due August 5, 2009, with full proposals due on September 2, 2009. Pre-Proposal conferences will be held on June 24 and 26 for applicants to ask questions and learn about the grant making process. Register here.


HCF Accepting Applications for Board of Directors

HCF is currently accepting applications from individuals to fill seven upcoming vacancies on the HCF Board of Directors in January 2010. Interested and qualified candidates are asked to complete and return an application with your most current resume to [email protected] or mail to:
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
c/o Jim Nunnelly, Chair CAC Nominating Committee
2700 E. 18th Street, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64127

All materials must be emailed or postmarked on or before August 28, 2009. Visit HCF's home page for a list of qualifications and nomination form.


New Web Feature Allows User to Map HCF Funding

New to the HCF website is an interactive mapping feature that tracks the locations
of the services provided through HCF funding.


HCF Video on the Social Determinants of Health

Also new to HCF's website is a video on the Social Determinants of Health. This video provides a factual discussion of social factors that influence health outcomes, including: education, poverty, transportation, crime, and neighborhood conditions. It also profiles two Kansas City area women whose health is influenced heavily by their social situation.


Confused by health care reform proposals?

The Kaiser Family Foundation has an online tool that allows you to track federal health reform. This customizable side-by-side comparison allows the user to track and compare the different health care reform proposals being discussed


Grantee Spotlight: Seton Center

Oral health care has become a health care crisis for economically disadvantaged Americans. In the greater Kansas City area, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a higher rate of periodontal disease than the national average due to inadequate access to oral health care services. Because of the lack for providers, adults and children are threatened to encounter periodontal disease consequences, ranging from learning problems to premature birth.

Seton Center Family & Services considers the problem of inadequate dental service as a cause of “the cycles of poverty,” and aims to help people break the poverty cycles through its Project Hope.

With a $200,000 HCF Safety Net grant, Seton Center provides over 770 oral screenings and 7,000 patient visits to more than 200 uninsured low-income children, the working poor, mentally ill, and ethnic minorities in Greater Kansas City.

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