Every community must face an ever-changing environment and its influence on human well-being.

How a community responds can be shaped by effective planning. That’s where United Community Services of Johnson County comes in. Through information, collaborative planning and mobilization of resources, the availability of health and human services can be enhanced to meet present and emerging needs.

You are invited…

Kansas Public Policy Forum

Exploring policy opportunities in the 2016 Legislative Session

Friday, December 11
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church
Lower Level
9948 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212

The 2015 Legislative Session was the longest in the history of Kansas as lawmakers struggled to fill a $400 million budget hole. As we look ahead to 2016, we must consider what opportunities exist to preserve and improve the safety net for the state’s most vulnerable residents.

Join us and a panel of experts to discuss the policy landscape in Kansas and to hear how advocates can encourage policy choices that reduce poverty, create opportunity, and enhance the lives of all people in Kansas.

Our panel of experts and topics includes:

  • The Kansas Budget: Annie McKay, Executive Director, KS Center for Economic Growth
  • Food Sales Tax: Ashley Jones-Wisner, State Policy Manager, KC Healthy Kids
  • Medicaid Expansion: Tom Bell, President and CEO, Kansas Hospital Association

Reservations are not required. The public policy forum is free of charge.

Co-Hosted By:

United Community Services and
United Way of Greater Kansas City

Leaders from Johnson County Cities Meet to Discuss Poverty and Opportunities for Action

City leaders from across Johnson County gathered on August 18, 2015 for a conversation on poverty, co-hosted by Johnson County Government and UCS.   The purpose of the event was to provide city staff leaders the opportunity to learn more about poverty trends , share what is being done locally to address poverty, and consider innovative ways to improve our collective impact. UCS presented strategies for cities to address poverty, which can be found here.

A Focus on Poverty

The annual Human Service Summit was held June 9, 2015. UCS released the Frame for Reducing Poverty and Creating Opportunity and issued a Call to Action to the health and human service sector.

  • Make every health and human service sector job a “good job”
  • Increase access to safety net supports for adults without children and transitional age youth

Read more about the 2015 Human Service Summit

Johnson County Poverty, a two-page overview of local poverty.

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Now available, the Fall 2015 UCS Community Report

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Framework for Reducing Poverty and Creating Opportunity Brochure, August 2015


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