Wyandotte Health Foundation Awards $1.5+ Million in Primary Care Grants

The Wyandotte Health Foundation (WHF) has awarded 11 local nonprofit and public agencies a total of $1,533,450 in its Primary Care grant cycle in 2015.

“Wyandotte County is fortunate to have so many quality safety net clinics serving our residents,” said President and CEO Cathy Harding.  “Although efforts by the Enroll Wyandotte team (spearheaded by the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County and Healthy Communities Wyandotte) have reduced the number of people who are uninsured from 26% to 18% in just two years, there are still thousands of people who would not have access to care without these clinics.  We are grateful for the important work these clinics do.”

The following grants were awarded in October 2015:

Caritas Clinic (Duchesne Clinic), $215,000
Duchesne Clinic provides primary healthcare for the uninsured poor in Wyandotte County

Children’s Mercy West Cordell D. Meeks, Jr. Clinic, $150,000
Children’s Mercy West is a pediatric clinic that provides primary care, including social services, to an underserved population in Wyandotte County.

Kansas City Free Health Clinic, $35,000
The Kansas City Free Health Clinic provides patient-centered medical care to low-income and uninsured adults for acute and chronic diseases.

Silver City Health Center, $150,000
Silver City Health Center provides culturally appropriate care, including preventative care and chronic disease management.

JayDoc Free Clinic, $15,000
JayDoc Free Clinic is a student-run free clinic that provides preventative and urgent care to the uninsured/underinsured in the community. JayDoc also provides specialty clinics including Diabetes Night, Women’s Health and Dental Night.

Medical Society of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Foundation, Inc., $42,200
WyJoCare improves access to specialty healthcare for low-income, uninsured residents of Wyandotte County.

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Inc., $40,000
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center provides healthcare services for Wyandotte County residents at any access point, including access to medical, dental and behavioral healthcare for children and adults.

Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, $25,000
Family Health Care provides primary care medical services, including specialty care of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and other chronic diseases such as MS and cancer. Family Health Care also provides wellness and preventative services for pregnant women, infants, children and adults.

Swope Health Services, $200,000
Swope Health Services is a federally qualified health center that provides quality, comprehensive primary care and dental services to all age groups in Wyandotte County.

Turner House Children’s Clinic, Inc., $236,250
Turner House Children’s Clinic provides primary healthcare and dental services to underserved children in Wyandotte County. Services include preventative care, well-child exams, immunizations and dental services, among others. In addition, Turner House Children’s Clinic will provide a school-based oral health program.

Unified Government Public Health Department, $200,000
The UG Public Health Department increases access to radiology services to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Wyandotte County by partnering with the area safety net clinics to provide vouchers for patients to receive appropriate radiology services.


Downtown Shareholders Seeks Bids for Security and Street Cleaning Services

Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas, Inc. (DTS KCK), an Equal Opportunity Employer, is seeking bids for two contracts to provide security services and street cleaning services for the downtown area of Kansas City, Kansas.

DTS KCK acts as the administrator of the local Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), formed in 2008. The SSMID is a taxing mechanism authorized by the State of Kansas, allowing local governments to levy additional taxes on property owners in a defined commercial/business area. The additional tax revenue must be used for specific improvements within the district. This area is roughly bounded by 4th to 18th Streets, and Washington Boulevard to Sandusky Avenue in downtown Kansas City, KS. This SSMID was established by the Board of Commissioners of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas following petition drive by local property owners in 2008. It is overseen by an eleven member board that meets as needed.

DTS KCK provides streetscape cleanup service (trash removal, light weed control, light sweeping, etc.) in the defined service area through a contractor. It also provides for Security Officers in the service area through a licensed and approved contracting agency. Current contracts expire on or about the end of December, 2015; the contracts being solicited will be for 2016.

Firms are welcome to present proposals for either the Security Services or Cleaning contracts, or both, depending on their qualifications. Qualified firms are invited to review the RFP documents and to submit bids by November 9, 2015. Details on service requirements, performance standards, and responses will be found in each individual RFP. Please note that contract award is also dependent on the business being licensed through the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS, and compliance with all state and local law governing their respective proposals (this is especially pertinent to the Security service contract).

For questions, please contact Chuck Schlittler, Director, Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas, Inc. at (913) 371-0705 or by email at director[at]downtownkck[dot]org.


Join the Friends of Jersey Creek Walking Club

Looking for a way to get out, be active and meet your downtown KCK neighbors? The Friends of Jersey Creek Walking Club meets at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings at 10th Street and Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. Walking journals, pedometers and refreshments are provided to all attendees. Walks will continue while the weather cooperates. If you have questions about the event, please call (913) 573-2010 or email info[at]hnmanbr[dot]org.


Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups Encouraged to Apply for Pop-Up! Downtown KCK

pop-up! downtown kckExciting news! With the financial support of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Downtown Shareholders is pleased to announce the launch the second round of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK, a retail development initiative to enliven Downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Pop-Up! Downtown KCK matches select entrepreneurs with high-visibility, well-sited spaces at free or reduced rent, and provides an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to test a retail concept or determine whether Downtown KCK is a viable long-term location for their business.

The goal of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK is to create a vibrant downtown that serves as a destination for Wyandotte County and greater Kansas City. Downtown Shareholders will achieve this goal by facilitating the short-term lease of vacant storefronts in Downtown KCK. Downtown Shareholders matches entrepreneurs looking to launch their business or test the downtown market on a short-term basis with property owners who have street-level storefront and office space available for occupancy.

All Pop-Up! Downtown KCK leases will be negotiated between the business owner and the respective landlord. Downtown Shareholders will encourage business and property owners to enter into long-term leases at the conclusion of the program. The second round of Pop-Up! Downtown KCK is expected to run through the holiday season, from approximately November 1 into the New Year, and possibly beyond. Businesses and properties will be vetted through a competitive RFP process, and may qualify for supporting funds from Downtown Shareholders and other sources.

Interested business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit a business proposal for consideration in Pop-Up! Downtown KCK. Please consult the request for proposals for full details and requirements. All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 30, 2015.


Minnesota Avenue Construction Updates

minnesota avenue improvements kckAs work continues on streetscape improvements along Minnesota Ave. at 8th Street in downtown KCK, we’ll keep this post updated with project schedules and other relevant information.

Week of Oct. 26

  • Traffic line work to be completed this week.
  • All signs to be in place by the end of the week.
  • Asphalt work complete.
  • Street lights, trash bins, and seats are on order and expected to be delivered at the end of this week.

United Way Seeks Downtown Holiday Lighting Volunteers

downtown kck holiday lightingThe United Way is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 20. Shifts are available between 3 and 7 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the Santa line, directing visitors through the halls, handing out popcorn at the movies, helping with kids’ arts and crafts, dressing as costumed characters (costumers provided) and assisting and guiding characters.

Interested? Click here to sign up or contact the United Way’s Cathi Hahner at 913.371.3674, ext. 1324, or chahner[at]unitedway-wyco[dot]org.


Last Wednesday Walk of the Year: Haunted KCK on Oct. 22

wednesday walk We can’t believe it’s time for our last Wednesday Walk of the year! Meet us at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7th & Minnesota, and we’ll explore the ghostly side of Kansas City, Kan. We’ll take a stroll to some of KCK’s favorite haunts and learn the stories behind the scary. We hope you can join us!

Thanks to all who have joined us throughout this year as we debuted our Wednesday Walk series. We look forward to ending a successful series with you on Wednesday and to more events in 2016!


Unified Government Selects Project Manager for Healthy Campus

CBC (CarrBaierCrandall) Real Estate Group has been chosen by the Unified Government to manage and represent its interests as Development Project Manager for the Healthy Campus, which is a core component of the Downtown Central Parkway District Plan. A roadmap for the revitalization of Downtown KCK, the Healthy Campus is a planned $30-million redevelopment project near the intersection of 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

In late 2014, with tremendous support from the philanthropic community and extensive input from local stakeholders, an implementation plan for the Healthy Campus was adopted. The plan identified a need for project leadership, which is why the UG sought an organization to be responsible for ensuring that day-to-day, incremental decisions are consistently driving the long-term vision. After a thorough, competitive bid process garnering interest from a number of area businesses, the UG selected CBC to serve as Owner’s Representative and Development Project Manager for the Healthy Campus.

“We have a longstanding relationship with CBC Real Estate Group and its principals,” said Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., Mark Holland. “Since CBC principal Bill Crandall was integrally involved as master developer of Village West, we are confident that now the entire CBC team will successfully represent the UG’s interests as this important project for our community progresses.”

As Development Project Manager, CBC will work as an extension of the UG staff to guide the implementation of the Healthy Campus plan, oversee day-to-day activities with initial focus on securing the successful development of a community center and grocery store. CBC will also review and evaluate proposals from developers interested in housing and corporate office development within the corridor, negotiate incentives on behalf of the UG and serve as the conduit for all real estate and development activity surrounding the Healthy Campus – while adhering to the vision of the master plan.

“CBC is honored that Mayor Holland and the Unified Government have entrusted us with managing development opportunities that fit within the vision for the Healthy Campus,” said CBC Managing Principal Bill Crandall. “We are excited to take the master planning and public engagement process to the next level and bring to life development that will carry the vision for this important community initiative forward.”

About the Healthy Campus

Shortly after being elected as Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., in 2013, Mark Holland set out to advance two projects near Downtown: a proposal for a grocery store that would serve people facing a critical lack of access to healthy food retail and the construction of a new community center in partnership with the YMCA. Coincidentally, the intersection of 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue was identified as the most ideal and sustainable for both projects.

The identification of that site, in conjunction with the existing amenities of Big 11 Lake, Waterway Park, nearby schools and the convergence of traditional African American neighborhoods and an emerging Hispanic population, made this area the ideal location to bring each of these disparate amenities together to create something greater: the Healthy Campus.

 

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, LISC and the REACH Healthcare Foundation funded Gould Evans architects to develop an implementation plan for the Healthy Campus. Funding for the first year of CBC’s contract was made possible through a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.


BPU: Turn Your Old Fridge into Cash and Reduce Energy Costs

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) offers a rebate program that encourages residential customers to replace their older, less efficient refrigerators with an Energy Star® qualified appliance that uses less electricity. Customers wanting to participate in the program must properly dispose of their old refrigerator before receiving a $250.00 rebate check.

Refrigerators operate 24 hours a day, using more electricity annually than any other appliance in the home. If made before 2001, investing in a newer model can save energy immediately and cut customer’s utility costs significantly over time. BPU’s new rebate program is intended to reduce energy consumption and further protect the environment.

To receive a BPU Refrigerator Replacement Rebate, customers should do the following:

  1. Remove and replace older refrigerators with a new Energy-Star® qualified refrigerator from a retailer. Make sure the appliance has the Energy-Star® label when making the purchase.
  2. Request and submit the BPU Rebate Application by calling 913.573.9997.
    • Include a copy of dated sales receipt /invoice showing manufacturer, model number, and purchase price of the new appliance.
    • Include copy of the signed document of disposal of previously-owned refrigerator.

3. Once completed, customers will receive a mailed check from BPU within six to eight weeks.

This Refrigerator Replacement Rebate program is for BPU residential customers living in the BPU service area, and applies to residential or commercial refrigerators with new Energy Star® certifications.

Customer must have an active electric account that is in good-standing.

The rebate is valid for purchases made between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, with purchase receipt, removal document, and application postmarked no later than December 31, 2015.

One rebate per household/address per customer, and the $250.00 rebate amount may not exceed the purchase price of the refrigerator.