‘Let’s face it: we need each other’

The pandemic has brought  greater focus on the inequities that exist in our communities.  It appears that the inequities are only getting worse. Many have lost their jobs and are facing mounting bills and crucial concerns about housing, food, and basic necessities.   The more fortunate and privileged are now working from home but may still […]

Your Story: Trauma-informed care important during pandemic

Early childhood education centers are among the hardest hit services during this current pandemic. Some have closed temporarily, and some have closed permanently. All of the centers have had to make major changes in their operations as they follow recommended guidelines for child care programs.   There have also been major decreases in the number of […]

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: Sunflower House responds to COVID-19

While we all know that our community is dealing with many repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic — astronomical unemployment rates, families struggling to make ends meet, higher grocery prices, and inability to find basic cleaning supplies in our local grocery stores, perhaps the repercussion that hit all of us with a vengeance is the stay-at-home […]

Your Story: Center for Developmentally Disabled responds to COVID-19

Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD) provides housing and life-skill supports, day programming, and community integration services to 180 adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City metro area. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the people we work with in several ways. Gone are the community outings, social gatherings, and visits from family and friends. […]

Your Story: Sheffield Place responds to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has cast a dark shadow of uncertainty around the world and on the doorstep of Sheffield Place over the past few months.  The mothers worry about their health, the health of their children, their ability to stay clean and sober amidst the anxiety, and their ability to earn a living. The staff […]

‘Getting settled’: how a KC organization helped a homeless man find a home

At Kim Wilson Housing (KWH), we have three guiding principles:  Housing is the foundation for good health.  Housing vulnerable people requires diverse, community-based collaborations and support services.  Housing is cost-effective. Homelessness is not.  Last fall, as the holidays approached, each of these principles came into play when a woman called to see if we could […]

MOCSA publishes treatment guide based on groundbreaking work


Rene McCreary
Director of Counseling, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Every so often, a wealth of expertise finds its culmination in a body of work. With the help of Health Forward Foundation, MOCSA is proud to report that, in early 2019, Rene McCreary, MOCSA’s Director of Counseling, did precisely this. After years of dedicated work, Rene has completed a handbook for mental health providers titled […]

Children’s Mercy offers medical home for children discovering their gender identity

When Alex was three years old, he knew that he didn’t fit the body he’d been born with. Alex and his mother eloquently describe their journey with gender dysphoria and ultimately his gender transition in Season 3 of Inside Pediatrics.   My colleague Dr. Jill Jacobson and I founded the Gender Pathways Services Clinic (GPS) […]

New MO HealthNet policy enhances access to behavioral health services in school settings

Mental health behavioral health

Schools have a new opportunity to meet students’ behavioral health needs, thanks to the advocacy efforts of Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) School-Based Health Center Task Force and the continuing efforts of the emerging state affiliate of national School-Based Health Alliance: Show-Me School-Based Health (SMSBH). MSBA started convening school districts, community providers, and state agencies […]


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