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.
Mark your calendars to attend UCS’ Kansas Public Policy Forum
The event includes a reception for legislators and attendees after the presentations and legislative panel. Come and learn about the state and federal issues that will impact our community in 2018 and beyond. Get informed, be involved.
UCS Receives Award in Recognition of its Collaborative Work
UCS was honored to receive the Founders Award at Health Partnership Clinic’s 25th Anniversary Luncheon. The award recognizes UCS’ significant impact on the health and wellness of Johnson County. UCS Board President, Mike Hockley, and Executive Director Julie Brewer accepted the award on behalf of UCS.
In the early 1990s, United Community Services of Johnson County was a catalyst to what was to become the first and only Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) in Johnson County. County commissioners tasked UCS with convening a community committee, the Health Care Access Planning Task Force, on its behalf to identify and implement solutions. This work resulted in Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County opening its doors in 1992. Today, the Health Partnership Clinic is one of the largest safety net clinics in Kansas, providing high-quality, affordable, accessible and culturally appropriate care to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay.
Congratulations to Health Partnership Clinic for 25 years of making a difference in our community.
Walking the Financial Tightrope
Poverty & Economic Insecurity in Greater Kansas City
2016 Community Profile
As UCS’ recently release 2016 Community Profile details, people across the greater Kansas City region live with economic hardship. More than 200,000 residents are below the official poverty line; many more are above that line, but still unable to make ends meet. Many people living in poverty rely on public and private safety net services to meet their families’ basic needs during tough economic times. Health and human services not only prevent a fall deeper into poverty, but benefit the whole community – from creating a healthy start for children and promoting workforce participation to strengthening social mobility.
UCS recently released a report entitled “From Foster Care to Independence: An Assessment of Best Practices to Support Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care”. This report represents the culmination of several months of research conducted by UCS in response to the 2015 Framework for Reducing Poverty and Creating Opportunity, which calls on the human services sector to increase access to the safety net for childless adults and transitional-age youth. The report includes a system assessment, review of best practices and model programs, and recommendations for stakeholders.