HCF announces 2016 leadership academy class


Date: Aug. 30, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO â€“ The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) announces 15 participants in its 2016 Healthy Communities Leadership Academy.

leadership_academy_logo_colorThe Leadership Academy is a yearlong program for individuals currently working on policy and community environment change related to healthy eating, active living and tobacco use prevention. Participants represent the greater Kansas City area and focus on uninsured and underserved populations.

The participants in the Leadership Academy include:

  • D. Jensen Adams, Kansas City Public Schools
  • Emily Brown, Food Equality Initiative, Inc.
  • Jennifer Bryan, Better Together, Inc.
  • Theo Bunch, Cornerstones of Care
  • Cindy Calender, Independence Health Dept.
  • Abby Crow, Johnson County Dept. of Health and Environment
  • Christina Esteban, Harvesters
  • Rebecca Garza, Unified Government of Wyandotte County
  • Beau Heyen, Episcopal Community Services
  • Rachel Jefferson, Historic Northeast-Midtown Association
  • Akilah Kelly-Criswell, Upper Room
  • Joseph Lightner, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Christi Nance, Jackson County Health Department
  • Neil Rudisill, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
  • Trenton Stringer, Saint Luke’s Health System

“HCF has a long history of funding activities related to healthy eating, active living and tobacco prevention,” said Adriana Pecina, HCF Program Officer. “We are committed to building community capacity to achieve our vision of healthy people in healthy communities and welcome these individuals as we continue to work toward policy and system changes.”

The leadership academy will help participants deepen their knowledge, understanding, and practice in the following four competency areas:

  • Civic Leadership
  • Policy and System Change
  • Community Collaboration
  • Resource Leveraging

“Although the focus of this academy is on the individual, participants are expected to bring what they learn back to their organization and community,” said Brenda Calvin, HCF Program Officer. “Those selected have the full support of their organization, and we look forward to seeing how their communities will reap the benefits of the wisdom gained through the academy.”

“HCF is proud to support these organizations working across sectors on integrated policy approaches to improve access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity, and tobacco use prevention among the uninsured and underserved in our service area,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., HCF President/CEO.

What is the impact of the Healthy Community Leadership Academy? Watch our short video.


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