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How to do data integration: The process from City of Kansas City, Health Department

Providers need all of the available data to best serve their clients. However, some client information is not available when it could be useful to a provider, even though the information has been collected and stored in an electronic system. In addition, similar data may be defined differently by different agencies and in different data […]

Shopping for insurance? Trained assisters ready to help navigate 2019 marketplace


Molly Moffett
Co-Chair, CoverKC Coalition, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Whether you need new health insurance or have no coverage — now is the time to educate yourself and take action. Consumers shopping for 2019 marketplace plans only have six weeks to enroll through HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment runs Nov. 1 – Dec. 15. CoverKC assisters offer free, unbiased help. Despite several changes to the Affordable […]

Community health centers good for a community’s economy as well as health

KC CARE Clinic's value to Kansas City's economy

You may not know it, but the health of the greater Kansas City area depends, in part, on our community health centers (CHCs), also sometimes referred to as federally-qualified health centers (or FQHCs). Health centers provide comprehensive health services, including primary care, behavioral health, dental services, chronic disease management, preventive care, and other services in […]

‘Pedaling’ the good news about active living

Editor’s note: This week is National Men’s Health Week. We encourage all of our readers to try a new activity that gets you up and moving. Also, set an appointment for an annual exam if you haven’t had one yet this year. We’ve published some great posts on men’s health topics in the past. (Check […]

Schedule your health screenings

For going on 20 years, I’ve worked as a communicator in the health industry. I’ve written countless letters to the editor, newsletter articles, blogs, social media posts on whatever national “week” or “month” it is. This week is no different. Mother’s Day kicked off National Women’s Health Week. Our blog administrator asked that I write […]

Policy agenda: strengthening regional drug monitoring

A year ago, I had the opportunity to write a blog about prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and the regional efforts that we hoped would come to fruition in 2017. I am pleased to be able to write a new entry this year, that celebrates the work being done in Jackson County and 35 other counties […]

Health Forward releases two-year policy agenda

Whew, these are some challenging times in health policy, and not a single one is a simple fix. Between repeal/replace attempts at the federal level, a steady drumbeat of ACA-related executive orders, dormant efforts at expanding Medicaid (looking at you here, Missouri), and a groundswell of interest from area cities that are taking the reins […]

Need insurance? Marketplace open enrollment is just around the corner

Last-minute changes at the federal level to the health insurance marketplace are causing confusion among many consumers. Some people are wondering if they can still get insurance or if they will lose coverage they already have. “It’s important for consumers to know the 2018 marketplace opens for business Nov. 1,” said Molly Moffett, program manager […]

Allen County wins Culture of Health Prize

It is with tremendous excitement that we announce that our home — Allen County, Kansas — has been named as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. And that certainly describes what […]

Kansans suggest ways to improve KanCare

About 1 in 5 Americans is covered by Medicaid, making it the single largest insurance program in the US. Medicaid is a critical safety net program for low-income individuals, many of whom have chronic mental and physical health conditions. The majority of state Medicaid programs now contract with managed care organizations to provide Medicaid services. […]


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Health Forward's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact Health Forward Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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