Blog Posts By: Mike Sherry

Could Schools Take on More Mental Health Responsibilities?

November 6, 2013


I have heard talk recently about relying more on schools to treat, diagnose and de-stigmatize mental illness. For instance, participants at a recent mental health summit in Kansas City, Mo., […]

Disparities Also Reflected in Mental Health Cost Data

October 29, 2013


Though they share a border, Johnson and Wyandotte counties often occupy different ends of the spectrum when it comes to health rankings. Wealthy Johnson County typically outshines its working class […]

Organizers Seeking Lively Discussion of Mental Health Issues at KC Event

September 17, 2013


Mental illness is no laughing matter, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy talking about it. That’s especially true when you are going to be talking about the […]

Improving a Region’s Health and Economy ‘One Family at a Time’

September 11, 2013


As an executive with the family telecomm business in La Harpe, Kan., David Lee doesn’t have much contact with recovering addicts or petty criminals. That was the case, at least, […]

Using Story-Telling, Not Statistics to Understand Poverty

September 4, 2013


Dare I Say It, ACA Doesn’t Go Far Enough

August 29, 2013


Just like education and defense, health should be a core function of government. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of frustrations dealing with government bureaucracies at the local, […]

It Takes a Village — Its Assets, That Is

August 21, 2013


If you take a broad view of community health, it also encompasses the economic and social well-being of residents. As I learned recently, philanthropic leaders are taking that approach in […]

Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Seeking Advocate-in-Chief

August 15, 2013


When President Theodore Roosevelt coined the term, he was thinking more about busting trusts than preventing cavities. But the phrase “bully pulpit” works in the context of dental care, too, […]

Patients, Doctors Should Work Together to Harness Data from Health Apps

August 7, 2013


Headlines about the national security apparatus have served as a reminder that our digital lives say a lot about who we are as individuals. Some may view this dimly when […]

A Futurist’s Take on Tracking Improvements in the Health System

July 24, 2013


In the end, isn’t the safety net all about helping people lead productive lives? If so, then why measure results with lab tests, such as cheering reduced blood sugar levels […]

Stop Paying for Procedures, Start Rewarding Outcomes

July 18, 2013


Outside of the fact that both are located in the Kansas City area, it’s hard to imagine two businesses more dissimilar than Cerner Corp. and Truman Medical Centers. The former […]

Advocates for Health Insurance Enrollment Would Do Well to Study Missouri’s Children’s Health Insurance Program

July 10, 2013


One of the more interesting phenomena in the public policy world is something called the “woodwork effect.” This can happen, for instance, when the government expands a program like Medicaid. […]

Health Care Legislation in Missouri Stalled? Think Again

July 3, 2013


It’s easy to assume Missouri has a do-nothing legislature when it comes to health care. The Republican-led General Assembly has dithered on Medicaid expansion, and conservatives’ antipathy toward anything else […]

Advocates Use Baby Steps to De-Stigmatize Mental Illness

June 26, 2013


I wouldn’t make it as a therapist, a lobbyist, or any other professional where patience and an appreciation for incremental change are part of the job description. That dawned on […]

A Domestic Guy’s Guide to Fitness

June 19, 2013


Public health experts have been telling us for years that grunting in the gym or gutting out a marathon are not the only ways to maintain good health. It’s pretty […]

New Data First Step in Demystifying Health Care System

June 13, 2013


Sometimes they are quirky, sometimes they are bereft, and sometimes they are just plain average, but to me, meeting everyday folks is one of the coolest things about being a […]

Is Government Gridlock the Real Issue?

June 7, 2013


Conventional wisdom has it that gridlock and partisanship are the twin plagues of politics in America. But the fact of the matter is that, out of the spotlight, government rolls […]

Missouri Governor Loses Medicaid Expansion Fight, Wins with First Steps Funding

May 29, 2013


Shortly after winning a second term in November, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon again hit the campaign trail. As he crisscrossed the state this spring, it seemed as if he was […]

When It Comes to Health Reform, There’s a Difference Between More Affordable and Less Expensive

May 23, 2013


Johnson County’s WIC Community Garden First of Its Kind in Kansas

May 15, 2013


We all know that low-income families often don’t have access to healthy foods. We also know that poverty exists in suburbia. Those facts led some Johnson County officials to, uh, […]

Substance Abuse Programs Funded by Liquor Taxes

May 8, 2013


Officials in Johnson County are about to kick off a process that distributes more than a million dollars each year to fight substance abuse within the county’s schools and communities. […]

Advocates Present United Front Against KanCare

May 1, 2013


If there’s one thing that has stood out to me in the makeover of the Kansas Medicaid program, it is the doggedness of advocates for people with intellectual and developmental […]


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