2016 Year in Review



2016 was a year that saw us celebrate our local municipalities and their creative solutions to move health forward.

Regional policymakers worked toward reducing our community’s opioid deaths by enacting a regional prescription drug monitoring program in Independence, Kansas City, and Jackson County, Missouri.

The Kansas City region also was a leader in passing Tobacco 21 policies in 2016. To date, 21 cities and two counties in the area have passed Tobacco 21 laws. There are now 1.4 million people in the KC region who live in cities with Tobacco 21 policies.

There were also some regional points of pride in the November election.

Kansans elected candidates who support expanding Medicaid coverage and making Kansas a healthier place to live. We are hopeful that expansion will be high priority for elected officials this year.

Voters also continued to favor local tax measures that support important regional issues, such as substance abuse prevention, anti-violence programming, and services for at-risk youth.


Missouri voters rejected both Amendment 3 and Proposition A, which were funded with $19 million from the tobacco industry. Both ballot measures were structured to minimize their impact on tobacco use. 

HCF was proud to continue funding programs that increase access to quality mental, oral and health care for vulnerable population, increase use of healthy foods, safe environments for physical activity and support of tobacco use prevention.

2016 also found HCF embarking on a new transition. This summer, our current building and proud home for the past decade, was sold to our downstairs neighbor, the KIPP:Endeavor Academy. After the 2016-2017 school year, KIPP will need our office space to expand to offer additional educational opportunities. This, of course, means HCF began the search for a new home in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri, a journey we will continue in 2017.

While it is too early to know the impact of the election on health reform at the national level and on our prospects to expand Medicaid regionally, it is clear that there will be renewed and serious discussion in 2017 about repealing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

As we are approaching this national conversation on the future of the ACA, it is important to keep the goal of increased and affordable access at the forefront and ensure that consumers are part of that conversation.

We will remain focused on continuing to serve our mission of providing leadership, advocacy, and eliminating barriers to health for the uninsured and underserved.

As we ring in the new year, we celebrate the work of our grantees and community partners and the diversity of our communities. I’m so proud to be part of a region that views health as a shared value and look forward to working with community members and policymakers to improve the health of the Kansas City region.

HCF celebrated the career of COO Rhonda Holman, who retired from the Foundation in June 2016. We miss you Rhonda!

2016 Total Grantmaking

Healthy Communities

Mental Health

Safety Net

Applicant Defined


Organizations Funded in 2016


  • Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
  • After the Harvest
  • Alphapointe
  • Amethyst Place
  • Argentine Neighborhood Development Association
  • Artists Helping the Homeless
  • Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation
  • Belton School District #124
  • BikeWalkKC
  • Black Health Care Coalition
  • Blue Springs R-IV School District
  • Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute
  • Breaking The Cycle of Domestic Violence
  • The Bridge Home for Children
  • Calvary Community Outreach Network
  • Campaign for Children, Youth, and Families
  • Cass County Community Health Foudnation
  • CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties
  • Child Abuse Prevention Association
  • Child Protection Center
  • Child Care Aware of Missouri
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Citizens for a Safer Jackson County
  • City of Independence, Health Department
  • City of Moran
  • Communities Creating Opportunity Organization
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
  • Community LINC
  • Community Services League
  • Compass Health
  • Cornerstones of Care
  • Coterie
  • Cristo Rey Kansas City
  • Crittenton Children’s Center
  • Cultivate KC
  • Curators of the University of Missouri
  • DeLaSalle Education Center
  • Developing Potential
  • Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County — EITAS
  • Duchesne Clinic
  • El Centro
  • Ellis Care
  • Episcopal Community Services
  • Foster Adopt Connect (Formerly Midwest Foster Care & Adoption)
  • Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City
  • Genesis School
  • Harvesters – The Community Food Network
  • Healing House
  • Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri
  • Health Literacy Missouri
  • Health Partnership of Johnson County
  • Historic Northeast-Midtown Association
  • Hope House
  • Housing Services Of Kansas City
  • Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
  • Jackson County CASA
  • Jacobs Well Of Kansas City Ministries
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Vocational Service
  • Johnson County Mental Health
  • Kansas City, Kansas Community College
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
  • Kansas City Missouri School District
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kansas Action for Children
  • Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved
  • Kansas Children’s Service League
  • Kansas City Community Gardens
  • Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
  • Kansas City CARE Clinic
  • Kansas City Consensus
  • Kansas City Free Eye Clinic
  • Kansas City Keys Community Council
  • Kansas Head Start Association
  • Kansas University Endowment Association
  • KU Health Partners
  • KC Healthy Kids
  • KidsTLC
  • Lafayette County Health Department
  • Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple
  • Lee’s Summit Cares
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
  • Miles of Smiles
  • Missouri Budget Project
  • Missouri Dental Foundation
  • Mattie Rhodes Center
  • MetroCare
  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
  • Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Missouri Health Care For All
  • Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs
  • Niles Home for Children
  • Oral Health Kansas
  • Ozanam
  • Palestine Learning Center
  • Pets For Life
  • Poetry of Personal Power
  • Reconciliation Services
  • Redemptorist Social Services Center
  • ReDiscover
  • Riverview Health Services
  • Restart
  • Rose Brooks Center
  • Rosedale Development Association
  • Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
  • S A V E Foundation
  • Secondary Trauma Resource Center
  • Seton Center Family and Health Services
  • Sheffield Place
  • Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City Central
  • Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care
  • Sunflower House
  • Support Kansas City
  • Swope Health Services
  • Synergy Services
  • The Children’s Place
  • Tri-County Mental Health Services
  • Thrive Allen County
  • The Family Conservancy
  • The Food Conservancy
  • The University of Kansas Center for Research
  • The Whole Person
  • Turner House Clinic
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte, Public Health Department
  • Unified School District 258-Humboldt
  • United Services Community Action Agency
  • University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute
  • Upper Room
  • Uzazi Village
  • Visiting Nurse Assocation
  • West Central Missouri Community Action Agency
  • Wyandot
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Healthy Communities

2016 GOAL: Increase access and use of healthy foods, safe environments for physical activity and support tobacco use prevention through resident-focused policy change

Grants Awarded

Amount Funded

Healthy communities
Press Release

Key Initiatives

Healthy Communities
Leadership Academy

Harvesters – $150,000

To expand cooler space to increase the offering of fresh produce and more nutritious food to the nearly 400,000 people served.

Technical assistance Provided

Mental Health

2016 GOAL: Encourage health equity through support, treatment, prevention and advocacy for children and adults, including family violence services.

Grants Awarded

Amount Funded

Mental Health
Press Release

Key Initiatives

Crittenton – $200,000

To develop an elementary school model of the Trauma Smart project addressing social-emotional needs of children ages 5 to 12.

Consensus KC – $45,000

To support planning for Creating Community Solutions-KC development of community-based solutions to mental health needs of youth and young adults in urban core.

Safety Net

2016 GOAL: To ensure that vulnerable populations have access to a strong safety net health care system that delivers high quality health and oral health care services resulting in better health, better care and lower costs through improvements.

Grants Awarded

Amount Funded

Safety Net
Press Release

Key Initiatives

MetroCare – $500,000

To provide referral services to medically indigent patients in Greater Kansas City for charitable primary and specialty care.

UMKC – $150,000

To accelerate innovation in diabetes prevention and care through the development of the Kansas City Diabetes Collaborative



of youth in the HCF service area live in cities with Tobacco 21

Grantees and partners interviewed for research on “Sustaining School-Based Health Services in Missouri”

Medicaid consumers who participated in HCF’s research on barriers to accessing health care services

Regional Missouri cities/counties have adopted a prescription drug monitoring program, a key tool that can help lessen the cycle of addiction. 

Health care stakeholders who participated in conversations to imagine the future of the Missouri Medicaid program

New Staff

HCF was pleased to welcome two new associates in 2016.

Christena Diven

Christena Diven


Paula Cornwell

Paula Cornwell

Vice President Human Capital and Operations

HCF Staff

Read our Look Back at 2016 blog series

Thank you for your dedication in helping us create a culture of health in our region.

Alicia Araujo

Donna Bushur

Brenda Calvin

Paula Cornwell

Graciela Couchonnal

Christena Diven

Andres Dominguez

Karen Guile

Bradford Hart

Jessica Hembree

Bridget McCandless

Victoria McNack

Shannon Morris

Jane Mosley

Melanie Patek

Adriana Pecina

Jennifer Sykes

Rick Zimmer

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