Social Factors

The places where we live, work and play are important factors that affect our health – things such as clean air and water, good schools, safe neighborhoods, access to quality medical care, habitable homes, and access to nourishing food.

Many times these are the factors that are also directly related to how much money we make. Disparities in access to services for low-income and uninsured populations remain. It’s important to consider all of the seemingly divergent but related factors when thinking about our health, especially when comparing health outcomes across different groups of people.

HCF is committed to provide its leadership and resources to address the barriers that keep people from accessing quality services so that they may attain good health.



  • Re-entry Policy Council

  • Institute on Women and Criminal Justice, 2009

  • The Pew Center on the States, April 2011

  • National Institutes of Health, Aug. 28, 2012

  • US Census Bureau, October 2011

  • US Census Bureau, September 2011

  • United States Department of Agriculture Report that examines whether the increased SNAP benefits provided by ARRA improved the food security of low income households (that is, the extent to which they were consistently able to obtain adequate food).

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, February 2011.

  • The CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report - United States, 2011, is the first in a series of periodic, consolidated assessments that highlight health disparities by sex, race, and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics in the U.S.

  • Promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Pew Hispanic Center, August 2008.

  • National Institutes of Health

  • Commonwealth Fund, November 2009.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 2010.

  • A report from the National Council of La Raza, July 2008.




  • The Kansas City Star, July 27, 2015
    2015-07-28 10:00
  • The Kansas City Star, July 21, 2015
    2015-07-22 10:52
  • KSHB Kansas City, July 13, 2015
    2015-07-14 13:01
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 7, 2015
    2015-07-09 10:16
  • KHI News Service, June 16, 2015
    2015-06-17 09:47
  • Flatland KC, June 11, 2015
    2015-06-12 08:58