Research Category: Healthy Communities


Food Insecurity Case Studies

October 2, 2017

Case studies highlighting HCF's work to bring leadership and financial strength to the fight against food insecurity.


What Is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?

May 1, 2017

The purpose of this report is to stimulate discussion and promote greater consensus about the meaning of health equity and the implications for action within the Culture of Health Action Framework. The goal is not for everyone to use the same words to define health equity, but to identify crucial...


Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2019, Johnson County, Kansas

April 12, 2017

Johnson County's Community Health Improvement Plan based on the county's health assessment.


Budget Basics: Family & Community Supports

February 1, 2017

Missouri’s budget supports a number of services that are aimed at promoting healthy and stable families, individuals, and communities. Very little general revenue is used to fund these programs and most are funded entirely with federal dollars.


The Case for Healthy Places

January 12, 2017

Place matters for health. It is well documented that one's zip code can be a more reliable determinant of health than their genetic code. This report codifies and presents the current evidence based on how placemaking strategies and projects—on a community's streets, in parks and open spaces, in housing projects,...


Place Matters: Life Expectancy in Eastern Jackson County

January 5, 2017

Average life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of the health of a population and community. In this report, we present average life expectancy estimates for all ZIP Codes within our service area, which includes all of Jackson County except the areas within the city limits of Kansas...


The 500 Cities Project: Local data for better health

December 26, 2016

The 500 Cities Project: The purpose of this project is to identify, analyze, and report city and census tract-level data, obtained using small area estimation methods, for a select number of chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities. Measures include unhealthy behaviors (e.g., current smoking), health outcomes (e.g., coronary...


Increasing access to healthy foods: Grocery stores and mobile markets

July 1, 2016

Food insecurity means not having regular access to an adequate quantity of nutritious food, and it is a real problem for many in the KC community. In the HCF service area, there are approximately 230,000 people facing food insecurity. Across both Kansas and Missouri, one in five children below the...


Health Equity Series: Food Insecurity

December 1, 2015

For the purpose of this report, health equity will be discussed through the examination of Missouri’s food system, including how social determinants of health impact food security and food access, as well as the connection between disparities in health outcomes and an inequitable food system.


Fostering School Connectedness: Overview

November 7, 2015

We will be discussing what we can do to promote school connectedness among students in our school(s).

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