Research Category: Healthy Communities

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,...

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...

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).

Food for All: Improving Access to Healthy and Local Food

Kansas and Missouri are above average, but in this case, it’s nothing to be proud of. We rank 8th (Missouri) and 15th (Kansas) among the 50 states in food insecurity. In the heart of one of the richest agricultural regions in the country, more than 15% of our residents don’t...

HCFGKC 10 Year Report

September 15, 2015

As HCF completes its first decade of grantmaking, we have looked back across the health care landscape to better understand the accomplishments and obstacles surrounding care to the uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City region. Our objective is to learn from, and reflect upon, past experience, in order to...

Healthy Indicator Posters

September 3, 2015

Healthy Communities Websites

August 16, 2015

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website offers CME/CE credit and equips health care professionals with awareness, knowledge, and skills to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population they serve. Action for Healthy Kids: A volunteer network fighting childhood...

Healthy Lifestyle

July 21, 2015

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City aims to address the leading causes of preventable death by improving access to healthy eating and active living and by reducing the use of tobacco. Chronic disease has become epidemic, with nearly 50% of Americans living with at least one chronic illness....

HCF Grant Report: Community Garden Funding 2007-2010

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) committed approximately $1 million to support nine community garden projects from 2007 to 2010. These programs provided garden plots, fresh vegetables, and nutrition training to approximately 2,244 people (1,887 children and 357 adults) in HCF’s six county service area.

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