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Checklist assessment tool discussed at workshop

Elected officials, city staff, aging services representatives and others gathered at the Kauffman Foundation on June 17 to learn more about a Checklist that cities can use to assess their progress as age-friendly communities. Teams from Prairie Village, Raytown, Gladstone and Mission have worked since February to text and refine the Checklist, which may be used to form the basis for a Communities for All Ages recognition program in the future. To learn more about the program, view the Checklist, presentation materials or a video of the event, click below. More»

HAKC adopts smoke-free public housing policy

On April 16, the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, (HAKC) Board of Commissioners approved a plan to make all its properties smoke free as of July 1, 2014. HAKC is considered one of the largest landlords in the city. The agency owns and manages 1,925 public housing apartments/single family homes in Kansas City. The policy will impact both residents and employees. HAKC’s approach to implementing this initiative is to take proactive steps to improve the health and safety of the residents of public housing. Many of the residents, particularly those who are senior citizens, have disabilities. They, along with the children in the properties, are impacted the most by secondhand smoke. Approximately 55 percent of HAKC public housing residents are non-smokers, and their interests and health deserve consideration. More»

Regional health care report released

The REACH Healthcare Foundation contracted with MARC’s Research Services department to produce a report that analyzes health and social conditions of uninsured and other vulnerable populations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Kansas City Regional Health Assessment Report, published in June 2013, updates a health data assessment originally prepared for REACH in 2010.

Never leave a child alone in a car

Mid-America Head Start encourages parents across the metro to keep children safe. In 2013, nearly 50 children nationwide died because they were left unattended in a vehicle. If you see an unattended child in a car please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Also, distractions and routines have caused people to accidently leave children behind in cars. Safe Kids USA has established tips and tricks to keep your child safe this summer. Learn more»