A call for equity in breast cancer care

In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and embarked on a treatment journey that brought me to a significant milestone – I’m thankful today to be celebrating 10 years cancer free. This year an estimated 281,550 women in the United States (about 2,100 in Kansas and 4,600 in Missouri) will be diagnosed with breast […]

Voces de Medicaid: Tranquility is medication for the soul

Editor’s note: Voces de Medicaid is a community storytelling experience presented by El Centro. In January 2018, El Centro joined Community Catalyst in their Community Voices of Medicaid initiative, which focuses on informing and educating the community about Medicaid, while raising the voices of people impacted by the program. The following is an excerpt from […]

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 […]

Missourians don’t despair, they stand and fight back

Earlier this month, we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day and the as-yet-unrealized vision of the Founders to secure, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Of course, not all of us have enjoyed these allegedly inalienable rights. COVID-19 has shone a bright light on the health care disparities that have plagued our state since long […]

‘Sorry, you don’t qualify’: Many Missourians can’t access affordable health coverage

How I dread having to utter the words, “Sorry, you don’t qualify.” Every year, as we assist hard-working families to sign up for Medicaid or the insurance marketplace, this is a phase we have to use often.  Worst yet is when we explain to someone that their income is too low to qualify for marketplace […]

What Missourians need to know to vote Yes on Amendment 2

I will admit that, in the midst of a global health pandemic that appears to be resurging in Missouri, as well as the protest movement for racial justice, it can be easy to lose focus on things that would otherwise command our attention.  Elections, especially primary elections that tend to have lower turnout anyway, can […]

Emerging data show COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color

An abundance of national historical data reminds us that in public health, when America catches a cold, people of color catch pneumonia. As coronavirus (COVID-19) rips through our communities, it exposes social injustice and divisions that determine whether people have necessary resources to be healthy.  As such, we are paying acute attention to nascent local […]

During public health crises, equity should be central to solutions

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, we are witnessing its tremendous impact internationally, nationally, and locally. Prohibitions on travel from certain countries, state of emergency proclamations by state and local governments, universities moving to online courses, and major entertainment and sporting events are shutting its doors to the public. With […]

Big Idea: It’s time to change the way we talk about poverty

“Whatever happened to the idea…that we all do better when we all do better?”                                                              — Former Senator Paul Wellstone I live in the poorest town in the poorest county in […]

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