Kansas City, MO – Over half of the inmates at the city jail have been imprisoned there at least three times before. Local corrections and community leaders say that's in large part due to untreated mental illness and substance abuse. But a new program at the Municipal Correctional Institution, or MCI, aims to break that cycle. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Kansas City, MO – A new exhibit called Dialog in the Dark is now open at Union Station. Organizers say it's unlike anything visitors have ever experienced before. That's even though there's really not that much to look at. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – Leaders from regional hospitals, insurance companies, and other health care organizations are stepping up their efforts to improve the nation's health care system. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Bill Bruning of the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care says area stakeholders share a general goal when it comes to health reform.
Bruning: There's no question - there must be basic health care coverage - and I don't think America at large disagrees with that as well.
Kansas City, MO – Breast Cancer is on the decline in Missouri. But while the gap is narrowing between African Americans and Whites for overall cancer diagnoses, the mortality rate for African Americans with breast cancer remains higher. That's according to new information from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City area backers of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are touting his health insurance plan after the second-presidential debate donnybrook with the GOP's John McCain. In a park across from Hospital Hill and Childrens' Mercy Hospital, volunteers for Obama brought Lees Summit Surgeon Kelvin Walls to tell why he thinks his candidates plan will work. He believes more people will seek treatment sooner, thus preventing need for more critical care and ultimately, the heath care system will save money. In Wall's words,
Kansas City, MO – Flu clinics throughout the metro are now open. That's amid new national vaccine recommendations. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now advising that anyone between six months and eighteen years of age get a flu shot. That's opposed to the previous recommendation that only kids up to the age of five get it.
Over at the Kansas City Health Department, the immunization clinic is already busy.
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services currently reports that one out of every three Missouri children is overweight. But area Head Start programs are now rolling out a new curriculum in order to address that. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Kansas City, MO – Richard Gist is Principal Assistant to the Director of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. He developed the Citizen Assist Program, which is a joint project between the KCMO Fire Department and the Visiting Nurse Association.
It helps people who call 9-1-1 connect with various social and medical services, and Gist says it's the only program in the country to provide such services through referrals from a city's emergency response system.
Kansas City, MO – A joint pilot program between the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department and the Visiting Nurse Association is expanding into several counties throughout the metro region. It recently received a half million dollar matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City council committee has endorsed two changes to the city's smoking ordinance. Voters narrowly approved a ban on smoking in most public places back in April. But one of the proposed changes, [sponsored by Councilman Ed Ford,] would now allow smoking in tobacco shops.
Kendall Culbertson owns a local shop and testified before the public safety committee yesterday. Culbertson says,"I have a large smoking lounge, it's what I've centered all my business around. And, casinos can smoke, but my store cannot smoke.
Kansas City, MO – A majority of likely Kansas voters support the idea that all Americans should have health coverage. That's according to a new report by the Ad Astra Institute of Kansas. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department is warning that Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Natural Flavor Black Licorice contains a high level of lead in it. Burt Malone from the department says several area stores, including Costco, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens carry the product.
According to Malone, It is sold in one and a half pound clear plastic bags with a yellow kangaroo on it, in addition to the words all natural."
Kansas City, MO – Proposed amendments to Kansas City's voter-approved smoking ban will be up in committee this week. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Councilman Ed Ford is sponsoring two separate amendments to the city's current smoking ban. One would allow smoking inside tobacco shops. The other would limit smoking to casino gaming floors. Ford says the current ordinance is too vague when it comes to where smoking is and isn't permitted inside casinos.
Kansas City, KS – Leaders of area hospitals are backing KU's efforts to become a National Cancer Institute. They say the designation would bring new research grants and clinical trials to the region. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
About ten C.E.O's from regional hospitals and research institutes signed on to an advisory board for the project this week. Gary Sherrer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, is chairman of the new board. He says the group's formation shows that area hospitals are willing to work together.
Kansas City, MO – The nation's top doctor is in Kansas City this week. He stopped by Satchel Paige Elementary School yesterday to talk to students about obesity. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
A student drum line greeted Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, the acting Surgeon General of the United States. Galson's visit to the school is part of his nationwide obesity prevention tour. He spoke to a gym full of K through 8th graders about the importance of daily exercise.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Community Blood Center is reporting that its blood supply is at a critical level. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
The Community Blood Center serves about 70 hospitals throughout Kansas and Missouri. It requires a three-day supply of all blood types in order to meet the needs of those hospitals. Mary Kelley is a spokesperson for the center and says its blood supply is running low.
Kenny Hulshof, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, recently unveiled his plan for health care. He says it would make insurance available to all Missourians.
Kenny Hulshof is proposing a market-based program called HealthMAX. He says employers, individuals, and businesses would all have the option to enroll in it. He also says private insurance companies would compete to provide insurance options to HealthMAX participants.
The nation's first bi-state nursing workforce center is opening up in Kansas City. The more than half a million dollar project is mainly being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the Reach Healthcare Foundation.
Missouri's Medicaid Director is in Kansas City this week, gathering public input on the state's medical assistance program. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Dr. Ian McCaslin is in charge of the state's Medicaid program, otherwise known as Missouri Health Net. He visited Truman High School in Independence yesterday to discuss a new health care home initiative. But he also asked those attending about their general concerns with the state program.
McCaslin: Somebody chime in, what's the most common problem out here?
The nation's health care program for seniors and the disabled turned 43 years old this summer. Some local doctors and public officials say that calls for a celebration. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law inside the Truman Library in 1965. Local health care advocates and public officials are gathering there today to celebrate the anniversary. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is speaking at the event and says now's a good time to look back on Medicare, given the country's current health care situation.