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Cost of Living Jumps for Johnson County

Cost of Living Jumps for Johnson County

SAVE THE DATE! -- UCS Human Service Summit Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 - Noon at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. The 2018 UCS Human Service Summit will focus on health equity in Johnson County. This community conversation will explore how social, economic, and environmental factors impact the health and well-being of Johnson County residents, and will include a discussion about the role all sectors can play to improve health outcomes and build a healthy community. Cost of Living Jumps for Johnson County and Metro Area Residents, 2014-2017 Earlier this month we saw numerous ...
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Community Listening Session; Human Service Safety Net Overview

Community Listening Session; Human Service Safety Net Overview

Participate in a Community Listening Session What determines how well and how long you live? Would it surprise you to know that, even in Johnson County, where you live matters? If you are a Johnson County resident, join us on March 21 at 1:30pm for an hour-long conversation about how you experience health and quality of life. The event is a part of the planning process for the Johnson County Health Equity Network - a UCS' facilitated initiative to address health disparities in Johnson County. Creating health equity ensures that everyone who lives in Johnson County has a fair opportunity ...
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Health Insurance Coverage in Johnson County

Health Insurance Coverage in Johnson County

Access to health insurance has been an important policy topic for many years. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, the proportion of residents throughout the country, state of Kansas, and Johnson County who have insurance has steadily increased. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 95% of Johnson County residents have health insurance. However, that leaves more than 31,000 people in our community without the critical coverage that they need to see a doctor when they get sick, pay for prescription medications, and receive the preventative health services that protect individual ...
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Black History Month; School-Based Clinic in Shawnee Mission School District

Black History Month; School-Based Clinic in Shawnee Mission School District

Celebrating and Learning from Black History Month Julie Brewer, UCS Executive Director Today marks the beginning of Black History Month and this year's theme is African Americans in Times of War, which commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918 and looks at the role of African Americans in every war. A decade ago, I had the chance to have lunch with Civil Rights Movement icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Representative John Lewis of Georgia.  I asked him about the march from Selma to Montgomery he helped lead and the attack on the Edmund Pettus ...
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KanCare 2.0; Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day; Medicaid Suspension Bill

KanCare 2.0; Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day; Medicaid Suspension Bill

Today is the Last Day to Submit Concerns about KanCare 2.0 The federal government is accepting public comment on KanCare 2.0.  Alliance for a Healthy Kansas has a link to register your concerns:http://www.expandkancare.com/a/kancare-2-0-is-not-ready-for-prime-time/ Earlier this month, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Vicki Schmidt, and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Carolyn McGinn expressed concerns with the implementation of KanCare 2.0 "After careful consideration regarding the discussion that took place during the Public Health and Welfare Committee, we are hesitant to move forward with KanCare 2.0.  We believe there is ...
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2018 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count; Transitional-Age Youth in Johnson County

2018 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count; Transitional-Age Youth in Johnson County

Johnson County Prepares for 2018 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count Each year, Johnson County's Continuum of Care on Homelessness (CoC) conducts a count of persons experiencing homelessness in the county to better understand how many are experiencing homelessness, their households' characteristics and identify local gaps in housing and supports. As the CoC's lead agency, UCS works each year with its partner organizations to collect and compile the data to better serve some of the community's most vulnerable households. In 2018, data will be collected on where households slept on Tuesday January 23, 2018. The purpose of the Point-in-Time Count is to enumerate ...
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50 Years of UCS; Kansas Public Policy Forum; 2017 Excellence in Community Service Award Recipients

50 Years of UCS; Kansas Public Policy Forum; 2017 Excellence in Community Service Award Recipients

Thank you for helping to Celebrate 50 Years of UCS As 2017 comes to a close, the staff and volunteers of UCS would like to take a moment of reflection and thanks.  This year we celebrated 50 years of serving our community.  Thanks to your support and generosity, we were able to raise more than $50,000 through our 50th Anniversary fundraising efforts.  These funds allow UCS to continue its work in community collaboration, education, and advocacy.  Your support is an investment in our next 50 years. UCS Kansas Public Policy Forum Summary and Materials This year's forum looked at issues ...
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Kansas Public Policy Forum Summary; UCS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Kansas Public Policy Forum Summary; UCS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Kansas Public Policy Forum Focus - Health Equity & Federal Budget's Impact on States This week's Kansas Public Policy Forum, hosted by UCS, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County (CHC) and United Way of Greater Kansas City, convened 15 state legislators from Johnson and Wyandotte counties as well as local elected officials, county and city staff, health and human service agencies, health foundation grant makers, community advocates, educators, and residents. UCS Executive Director Julie Brewer and CHC Executive Director Jerry Jones began the forum discussing issues that impact health in Johnson and Wyandotte counties such as poverty, lack of health ...
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Cyber Monday; UCS Story: Human Service Fund

Cyber Monday; UCS Story: Human Service Fund

Make Your Gift Today Goodbye Cyber Monday - Hello Giving Tuesday, November 28! Are you a part of #GivingTuesdayKC? It's a global day of giving, happening right here in Kansas City! Your gift today to UCS allows us to continue our mission of education and advocacy, mobilizing and planning, and targeted resource allocation.  UCS strives to create greater public understanding of needs and enhanced community advocacy.  Additionally, UCS works to make measurable improvements in the health and human service system, and ensure alignment between resources and needs. UCS is a leader in collaborative planning and believes convening and facilitating work ...
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UCS Receives Award; 2016 Community Profile

UCS Receives Award; 2016 Community Profile

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 ...
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