Addressing hunger and health during a pandemic

Hunger is a solvable, social determinant of health. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted various factors that drive deep health disparities in our communities. There is a renewed urgency to face these factors directly and address hunger as a health issue in a meaningful way.  The 4th Annual Hunger-Free Healthcare Summit will engage in this important […]

Art for KC Voices collection shares the real story of food insecurity

In 2019, five local artists were commissioned to create works reflecting on racial and economic inequities associated with nutrition assistance programs and how food policy shapes access to healthy food. In this video featuring the entire Art for KC Voices collection, spoken word artist Glenn North shares one of his contributions: The House of Seven […]

Celebrating Graciela Couchonnal’s 15th anniversary

After 15 years at Health Forward, Graciela Couchonnal has acquired extensive knowledge about the health needs in our service area and the agencies working to improve the health of our communities. Her experience includes serving as Health Forward’s first-ever program officer, leading the Safety Net Grants team, and now serving as the vice president of […]

Finding your ‘why’ in a pandemic

Day in and day out, Mercy and Truth Medical Missions serves the poorest of the poor and the sickest of the sick. Our patients include the essential workers who have continued to serve the community at their own personal risk during this pandemic. When COVID-19 emerged in our region, our patients asked how they could […]

Your Story: Seton Center responds to COVID-19

Improved oral health, better education, and lower costs have been the heart of Seton Center’s Dental Services since 1999. It is reflected in our mission and practiced every day as we serve those in need to improve their quality of life and change generational behavior. Dental Services works with each patient to understand their oral […]

Your Story: Hope Faith responds to COVID-19

Since 2004, Hope Faith has passionately strived to meet the needs of Kansas City’s homeless and vulnerable community members.  Hope Faith humbly started off by serving sack lunches in the Westport neighborhood. We have grown steadily over the years, providing clothing and other essential items, and eventually evolving to a 47,000 square foot collaborative daytime […]

Missouri voters passed Medicaid expansion. What happens next?

At the beginning of August, Missouri voters sent a clear message: it’s time to provide Missourians the health care we all need and for Missouri’s tax dollars come back home to benefit the state and its residents.  The passage of Medicaid expansion on August 4 was a huge success for the uninsured and underserved, and […]

Preschoolers and mental health: How to help children during the pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has brought concerns for mental health issues to the forefront for almost everyone. However, one group that is often overlooked is the very young. Often it is difficult for parents, child care providers, and other caregivers to realize that even preschoolers can meet the diagnostic criteria for certain mental health disorders. For […]

Your Story: Care Beyond the Boulevard responds to COVID-19

Care Beyond the Boulevard (CBB) has been providing mobile medical clinic services to individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets in the Kansas City metro for over four years.​ With a mission of compassionate health care for all, CBB’s B​ig Green Bus​ mobile clinic and volunteer corps of practitioners and volunteers are out seeing patients four […]


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