Transportation barriers impact health care access

Walking, biking, driving … it can be easy to take for granted how we get around. I was reminded of that a few weeks ago, when a broken right foot led to doctor’s orders for me to limit walking and to stop driving for six weeks. Fortunately I’ve received help getting where I need to […]

If you build it, will they come? Lessons in creating a multi-sector collaboration

Casual observers of the health and human services landscape may be surprised whenever they learn about a new program, service, or a new organization that seems to spring whole-cloth and overnight from “nothing” into “something.” In reality, the origins of the most successful “somethings” begin with long awareness of a specific and compelling community need […]

Building healthier communities in KC’s Historic Northeast

Where people live, work and play significantly impacts their overall health. Communities are able to thrive when they have access to healthy environments, and Mattie Rhodes Center is pleased to assist in this effort through their “Health and Wellness Program” supported by Health Forward Foundation. Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) is excited to announce that this […]

Synergy Services strengthens community through comprehensive care

This comprehensive care model is complex, but the mission is not. Synergy Services, a local nonprofit, opened its Homeless Youth Campus including its Youth Resiliency Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2010 with the goal of providing a lifeline to families and individuals in crisis. Synergy envisions a world without family violence, abuse and neglect. […]

Allen County moves up 46 places in Kansas county health ranking

The 2019 County Health Rankings have been released, and Allen County moved up from #84 to #38, a dramatic leap of 46 places! Since Thrive Allen County’s inception, we have been working relentlessly to improve our community’s health, and we’ve made significant strides: Allen County built a new critical-access hospital. Thrive has helped recruit new […]

One City Cafe: community kitchen with a restaurant feel

Every Monday through Friday night for over 40 years, people in need have been coming to Bishop Sullivan Center’s community kitchen at 39th and Troost for a hot meal. The kitchen was small, its dining rooms were crowded. On average, about 250 meals were served each weeknight. That’s a lot of meals to serve in […]

Center for Neighborhoods receives recognition from KCMO City Council

The Center for Neighborhoods at the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design was recognized by the Kansas City, Missouri City Council on Dec. 20, 2018. This recognition acknowledges the Center’s mission to equip, empower, and engage Kansas City’s neighborhood leaders with the tools they need to address the challenges and uplift the assets of their […]

Guadalupe Centers embraces progress, focuses on culture and community

Enriched in cultural heritage and a compassion to help families succeed, is the driving force behind the Guadalupe Centers’ sustained relationship with the community it serves. For more than 99 years the Guadalupe Centers have exhibited the hallmark of extraordinary skill to connect Latinx families with life-enriching educational, social, and life-skills support. Additionally, Guadalupe Centers […]


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