Updating the Downtown KCK Historical Survey

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inSITE planning and Rosin Preservation are working on an update of the 1993 Downtown KCK Historical Survey to identify buildings, structures and sites that may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or the KCK Landmarks Registry.

At the most recent meeting of Livable Neighborhoods, Dr. Daniel Serda of inSITE planning provided an interesting explanation of the project, focusing on potential benefits for property owners and Downtown KCK revitalization, including access to historic tax credits and the development of building and facade rehabilitation guidelines that will make Downtown KCK a stronger, more vital place to live, work and play.

Here’s some highlights from the presentation:

Project Scope


  • Engage property owners, stakeholders, and the community
  • Leverage preservation as a redevelopment tool
  • Identify areas and properties that deserve preservation

Outcomes and Benefits

  • Individual buildings can be designated as Landmarks, and entire areas can be designated as Historic Districts
  • Historic Districts and individual buildings can also be listed on the Kansas and National Registers of Historic Places
  • Listing makes reinvestment in those properties eligible for State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. When combined, these can fund up to %45 of eligible rehabilitation expenses

Survey Visualization

Historic Survey Area
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10th Annual Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo at Schlitterbahn KCK

Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo HeaderGear up for a fun & safe bike-riding season! Be the first to see the newest Schlitterbahn attractions.

Elementary-aged kids will have the opportunity to learn tips on cycling safety, to get free bike safety helmets and t-shirts and to sneak a peek at the attractions at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City at a free family event on Saturday, May 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon. The annual Kansas City Kansas Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo is back for the tenth year with expanded offerings and the same great location. The event will be held rain or shine in the parking lot and entrance area of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, 9400 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan.

The KCK Kiwanis West, in partnership with Atmos Energy, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, Big D Cycling and numerous community businesses and organizations, are committed to helping area youth ride their bicycles safely.

“Cycling is a fun and healthy way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors,” says Jan Wiley, KCK Kiwanis West event chair. “It’s also a leading cause of unexpected and sometimes serious injuries. Our goal is to ensure that youth learn the rules of the road and understand the importance of wearing well-fitted safety helmets.”

Kids are encouraged to bring their bicycles to the event to have their bikes inspected free and to complete the bicycle safety course. Youth must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. The first 300 to arrive will get a free bike safety helmet and t-shirt. Participants will rotate through seven bike riding skill stations and have the opportunity to earn a bicycle safety certificate.

“Every year, more than half a million bicyclists visit hospital emergency rooms because of cycling mishaps,” says Wiley. “Nearly one quarter of those injured in bike-related accidents are youth. As the main sponsor of this bike rodeo, the Kansas City Kansas Kiwanis West Club is committed to making sure area youth understand the importance of riding safely.” Back again this year will be a free, drive-through car seat safety check. Experts will inspect car seats and ensure they are installed securely in families’ vehicles.

Kiwanis West Club president Kimberley Holm, a certified National Child Passenger Safety Technician with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department says “Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children from ages 1 to 14. Even though most parents understand the importance of putting their children in car and booster seats, seven out of 10 kids in child safety restraints are not buckled in properly. We want to reduce that number.”

Schlitterbahn Season Passes will be on sale for $5 off the full gate price. Season Pass holders will have an exclusive opportunity to beat the rush and process their Season Pass ID Cards during the event.

“Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City is thrilled to host this popular community event,” says Chuck Stites, Kiwanis member and Schlitterbahn Director of Development. “In addition to helping kids gear up for a safe bike-riding season, the event promises to offer a morning packed with free family fun.”

Bike rodeo participants will be treated to free a free cookie or donut, courtesy of Judi’s Bakery; get to enjoy performances by kids affiliated with Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts; tour attractions at Schlitterbahn; get a close up look at emergency vehicles, get into the groove with fun Zumbatronics workouts; and engage in other exciting activities, games and crafts provided by local businesses and organizations.

If you have questions or need directions on the day of the event, call 816-751-4227. To get to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City from I-435, take Exit 13 – State Avenue East. Turn left at the second traffic light and enter the parking lot.

Event sponsors include: Kiwanis Club of KCK West, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, Atmos Energy, Big-D Cycling, Judi’s Bakery, Kansas City Building Trades Council, Providence Medical Center, Safe Kids Johnson County, Board of Public Utilities, Country Club Bank, PACES, Morrill & Janes Bank, Sunflower Family Dentistry, August Resources, Country Place Senior Living, DeGoler Pharmacies, Edward Jones Investments – Eric McTye, Painters District Council 3, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas City Kansas Police Department, Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, KCK West Kiwanis members – Melissa Bynum & Jane Winkler Philbrook.

This Weekend in Downtown KCK – April 30, 2016

If you’re looking for something fun to do on Saturday April 30, we have two awesome events to keep you entertained:

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8th Street YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 30 | 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain weight and fall behind in studies. On April 30th, the Y will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

Join us at the 8th Street Family YMCA as we celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event to get kids moving, learning, and families living healthier. Enjoy FREE health screenings, FREE haircuts and resourceful vendors.  For additional event information, check out our calendar of events.

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Clean Water Green Earth Festival

Saturday, April 30 | 1:00PM to 4:00PM

On Saturday, April 30 Friends of the Kaw invites the community to celebrate Clean Water Green Earth at a festival from 1 to 4pm at Kaw Point Park – just southeast of 1411 Fairfax Traffic Way, in Kansas City, KS. Enjoy refreshments, free boat rides on the Kansas River, live music, children activities, informational booths, a raffle for a free rain barrel and much, much more!!!!

This festival is being organized by student interns from Wyandotte High School and J.C. Harmon High School. The eleven interns were hired by Friends of the Kaw for an EPA Environment Justice Small Grant. Interns will demonstrate water quality tests that they have mastered and taught to adult volunteers. Other community groups will also have exhibits celebrating clean water and a healthy environment.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Kaw, this year’s festival features live music, boat rides, refreshments, children’s activities, informational booths, and more.  For additional information, check out our calendar of events.  Hope to see you there!

New BPU Wind Farm Partnership to Power KCK

Board of Public Utilities LogoThe Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has partnered with Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy and Enel Green Power to utilize energy from a new 400 MW wind farm being built in southwest Kansas. To further diversify its generation mix and utilize a clean energy alternative, BPU will purchase 200MW of energy through a 20-year renewable energy Purchase Power Agreement (PPA), and will tie into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Midwest Energy transmission system.

The partnership was announced at a news event with Governor Sam Brownback in Topeka, Kansas on Friday, April 8. “When this project becomes fully operational in 2017, it will increase the size of BPU’s renewable portfolio to 45 percent of its total energy output,” stated Don Gray, General Manager of BPU. “Maintaining a diversified mix of generation capabilities allows our public utility to deliver the most affordable, reliable, and environmentally friendly energy we can to the community we serve.”

This long-term partnership will provide a fixed priced on energy for the utility, avoiding market volatility, in turn saving ratepayers money over time. In addition, it will allow BPU to become one of the greenest utilities in the region, and the nation. The state of Kansas currently has a Renewable Energy Standard goal of 15 percent which climbs to 20 percent in 2020. With the Cimarron Bend wind energy initiative, as well as existing hydro, landfill gas, and wind projects already in place, BPU will achieve a renewable energy capacity of approximately 65-70 percent by 2018, making it one of the most progressive public utilities in the country on this front.

Known as the Cimarron Bend wind farm, this 400 MW project will consist of 200 wind turbines spread out over 60 miles south of Dodge City, Kansas. The Cimarron Bend project is one of 10 new wind energy projects currently under development in Kansas. “When this new wind farm is complete, wind will account for more than 23 percent of all the electricity produced in the state of Kansas – and the BPU is proud to be playing a key part in this state-wide success story,” stated Gray.

How to Report Streetlight Issues in KCK

BPU Streetlight HeaderStreetlights play an important role in Kansas City, Kansas.  They light our roads and sidewalks, plus they make it easier for us to see drivers and pedestrians.  While the Unified Government (UG) decides where streetlights are needed, the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is responsible for repairing nearly 19,000 streetlights and over 5,500 private area lights in our community.

FOR STREETLIGHT REPAIRS Call BPU (913) 573-9522, anytime 24/7, to report streetlights in need of repair.  Simply provide the address, cross streets, or pole number along with a description of the problem.

NEW STREETLIGHTS 7 PRIVATE AREA LIGHTS The UG and BPU depend on community residents to report when new streetlights are needed or when they are in need of repairs.  To request a new streetlight call the UG at (913) 573-5700.  Private area lights for backyards, alleys, and parking lots can be requested from BPU at (913) 573-9190.

STREETLIGHT CALLBACK PROCESS BPU’s service area is divided into seven zones, Streetlight repair and replacement times can vary for each zone.  To let residents know that their repair request is important and has been processed, BPU recently added a callback feature to their phone system.

Once BPU creates a work order for streetlight repair, you will receive a callback message letting you know the problem is being addressed.  Once repairs are scheduled, you will receive a second message with the approximate time of when repairs will be completed.

WHAT’S NEXT The UG and BPU are reviewing options to replace current streetlights with LED lights.  LED’s use 40% less energy, improve visibility, and last longer.

BPU Streelight Phone Numbers

Share this information with your friends and neighbors by downloading the English PDF or Spanish PDF.

Shepherd’s Center Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser

BiscuitsShepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas invites you to join them Saturday May 7 from 8AM to 11AM for a delicious Biscuits & Gravy fundraiser.  $8.00 includes 2 biscuits with gravy, hash brown, sausage, and your choice of juice or coffee.

Shepherd’s Center  is an interfaith, multicultural nonprofit organization that promotes and supports successful aging. Shepherd’s Center provides multiple services that reach more than 1,200 people in Wyandotte County, focusing on health enrichment, education and home services. These programs and services include:

Adventures in Learning: A monthly learning series held at Grace Lutheran Church (3333 Wood Ave, KCK) on the third Friday of every month.

Creative Classes: Classes that focus on the arts, life skills and special interest topics.

Health Screenings and Classes: Monthly blood pressure checks, and monthly and weekly exercise opportunities.

Vial of Life: A program that provides important information for medical personnel in the event of an emergency.

Minor Repair and Referral Services: Volunteers help with minor home repair for older persons.

Friends for Seniors: A friendly visitor program for homebound older adults.

Caring Calls: Volunteers who make weekly calls to homebound seniors.
And more!

Shepherd’s Center partners with local congregations and numerous agencies within Wyandotte County, and is unique in that it is predominantly directed by volunteers.

For registration and location information, please visit our events calendar.

Job Alert: Clinical Practitioner III – The Family Conservancy

The Family ConservancyClinical Practitioner III

Summary of Position
Provides direct social work services, to consumers with supervision commensurate with social worker’s skills and abilities. This position requires licensures with an intermediate knowledge base.

Essential Job Results
Effective Relationships:

  • Responsible for sustaining and follow up contact with assigned consumers, ensuring continuum of quality consumer service.
  • Contributes to the program’s effectiveness by responding same day to requests for information relative to case assignment or agency function.
  • Meets scheduled appointments prepared and on time.

Strategic Planning:

  • Supports The Family Conservancy’s Strategic Plan and ensures accountability through successful implementation of assigned objectives where applicable.

Clinical Objectives:

  • Maintains appropriate clinical professional licensure in Missouri/Kansas.
  • Helps maintain effective program functioning by meeting with supervisor a minimum of once monthly unless supervisor sets a more frequent schedule.
  • Maintains a consistent level of work production; Part-time Clinicians will bill a minimum of three hours per week.
  • Assists individuals, groups and families through the counseling relationship, using a combination of clinical mental health and human development principles, methods, diagnostic procedures, treatment plans, and other psychotherapeutic techniques, to develop an understanding of personal problems, to define goals, and to plan action reflecting the client’s interests, abilities, aptitudes and mental health needs. May administer and interpret assessment and outcome tools throughout the diagnostic and treatment process and provide guidance to individuals or groups.
  • Accepts and responds to assigned 24 Hour Call responsibilities.


  • Prepares accurate, timely work documentation including completing consumer assessments within two sessions or three weeks of first meeting, documenting each session with a session note completed at time of session, case closing will occur within 45-days of last contact, EAP or managed care forms will be completed and made available to office Program Office Assistant within ten days of work stage completion.

Performance & Quality Improvement (PQI):

  • Contributes to the agency’s effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations, recommending options and courses of action and implementing directives.
  • As part of our Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process, attends assigned meetings and contributes in a meaningful way.


  • Maintains confidentiality of all agency information, consumer nonpublic personal information (NPI) and personal health information (PHI), as well as records directly or indirectly identifying any per¬son currently or formerly receiving services from The Family Conservancy.


  • Carries out The Family Conservancy’s Mission: Championing the healthy development of children by supporting parents and families and promoting quality early education.
  • Ensures agency and program visibility by representing the agency at appropriate community events, seminars, or workshops as assigned.


  • Effectively utilize agency technology to accomplish tasks. (Microsoft Office Suite; Google Mail, Calendar, and Drive; program specific software; printers/fax/scanners/phone).
  • Maintains professional standards and technical knowledge by annual attendance at educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, informs staff and colleagues of the results of these activities.
  • Attends diversity training yearly. Application of knowledge will demonstrate awareness of the wide spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and personal lifestyles/cultures found within the service populations. Employees are expected to apply knowledge gained from diversity training and to act in a sensitive, nondiscriminatory, professional manner.
  • Accepts, uses supervision, direction, consultation to maximize available resources in the completion of work duties.
  • Additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed to maintain and improve effective functioning of the department and to advance the mission of the organization.

All job responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of agency policies and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited school required.
  • Appropriate state (Kansas/Missouri) clinical licensure required. (LSCSW, LCSW)

Individual must:

Possess knowledge of parenting practices and experience in providing individual, couples and family therapy.

  • Possess knowledge of treatment strategies in the areas of child behavior management and family crisis intervention.
  • Possess written and verbal communication skills required to interact with mental health and health professionals, vendors, and agencies in a professional manner, developing rapport and enhancing business relationships.
  • Possess working knowledge of community resources.
  • Possess ability to work with families in a supportive manner throughout the diagnostic and referral processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel.
  • Prepare hand written and typed reports, perform basic business statistical calculations and draw correct inferences from data.
  • Develop and implement programs and policies; exercise good judgment in developing and following policies and procedures and in conducting agency business.
  • Develop rapport with consumers including children and their parents.
  • Present information to groups and individuals.
  • Lead and collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model and team player.
  • Present information to groups and individuals through verbal and written formats.
  • Effectively carry out The Family Conservancy’s Mission.
  • Speak, read, write and hear English to communicate with community members, clients, co-workers and others.
  • Travel to all parts of the facility and throughout the service delivery community.
  • Respond to agency’s needs when not at the facility.
  • As a visitor in child care settings, must maintain good physical health verified by physician and must be free from tuberculosis.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Certified Play Therapists preferred.
  • Training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) preferred.
  • Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) preferred.
  • Prior relevant, working experience with Early Childhood Mental Health and families preferred.
  • Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish preferred.
  • Prior experience with Domestic Violence services and treatment preferred.

Reporting Relationships and Principal Contacts
Reports to the Clinical Program Manager or the designated Supervisor. Principal contacts include other agency staff, voluntary and non-voluntary consumers, collateral’s related to health, school, legal, and business systems, along with other social service agencies.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • None

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Position requires off-site work; individual must have access to transportation. Travel throughout the facility, metropolitan area and counties within the service delivery area is required.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Kansas & Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect, and Sex Offender background investigations.
  • Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be necessary.
  • Use of hand and fingers involved in work which is preformed through the extensive use of computer systems, email, phone and fax machines, and typewriters.
  • Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paperwork, recordkeeping, and filing.
  • Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be required.
  • Must operate various input/output devices including keyboard and computer “mouse”.
  • A cubicle within a larger work area may define workspace.
  • As an employee providing direct services, must be free from tuberculosis.

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply
Upload resume via the application portal or through the agency website.

Job Alert: Bilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator – PPKM

ppkm logoBilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator

(Wyandotte County, KS)

The Bilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for conducting educational programs and related activities designed to provide community members with comprehensive sexuality education and serve as a community resource on sexuality and reproductive health. The Bilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator develops and maintains key community relationships and acts as a community liaison to schools, nonprofit agencies, community groups, religious organizations, volunteers, and donors. All services will be performed in English and Spanish.

Responsibilities of the Bilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator
Conducts sex education programs in English and Spanish in schools and other community organizations tailored to meet the needs of each audience.

  • Coordinates outreach and develops and maintains partnerships with Latino community agencies to promote PPKM’s health and educational services.
  • Represents PPKM in the community, including at health fairs, schools, colleges and community events.
  • Participates in health/sexuality-related committees and coalitions as requested.
  • Acts as a resource person, providing assistance to individuals seeking information and services related to sexuality and sexual health.
  • Provides education to community about PPKM’s health services and builds strong community relationships in order to increase patient volume at health centers.
  • Maintains program records and produces monthly reports on program activities, accomplishments and challenges including program statistics, evaluation and demographic data.
  • Tailors program content and delivery, when necessary, to the objectives of the organizations and needs of program participants.
  • Works with education team to design, select, and update instructional materials for use in education and training programs.
  • Keeps current on sexuality and reproductive health information through trainings, workshops, professional associations, and outreach.
  • Conducts community outreach and educational sessions utilizing social media and other technologies.
  • Provides support as needed for PPKM’s Development activities including support for local fundraising events, preparing and researching grant proposals and developing and enhancing donor relationships.
  • Manages and assists in the training, placement and supervision of PPKM volunteers.
  • Collaborates effectively with the Public Affairs/Communications, Education, Development and Health Services teams on joint projects and annual campaigns.

Experience and Qualifications
Although it is unlikely that any one individual will bring all of the qualifications and experiences listed below, the successful candidate will have many of the following attributes:

Bachelor’s Degree in education, communications, human service, or related field required. One to three years related experience and/or training in advocacy/organizing work or related area; or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Bilingual fluency in written and oral Spanish/English is required.

Individual Must:

  • Possess excellent reading and comprehension skills.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and ability to work independently within a fast paced environment.
  • Adhere to PPKM’s non-discrimination policies. Effectively interact with co-workers and patients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, political affiliations, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles and sexual orientations and treat individuals with respect and dignity.
  • Effectively present information in English and Spanish to groups and individuals through verbal and written formats.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Email.
  • Be detailed with ability to assume responsibility and effectively prioritize multiple duties.
  • Effectively work as part of a team, creating collaborative relations with others.
  • Possess ability to work in a fast paced office environment and maintain a professional posture.
  • Travel to all parts of the facility and throughout the community.
  • Effectively support and carry out PPKM’s mission.

Language Skills
Ability to effectively present information in English and Spanish, and respond to questions from staff, managers, clinicians, patients, and the general public.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed inside and outside the facility and throughout the metropolitan area.

  • Evening and weekend availability is required.
  • Use of hands and fingers involved in work which is preformed through the extensive use of computer systems, email, phone and fax machines, copiers and scanners.
  • Handwritten paperwork may be performed.
  • Employee is required to sit for extended periods with prolonged exposure to computer monitors.
  • Must operate various input/output devices including keyboard and computer mouse.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • A cubicle within a larger work environment will define workspace.
  • This position carries some level of exposure to conflict and/or antagonism by those opposed to the mission of PPKM.

Application Process
Submit your cover letter, resume and current salary or salary requirements to Sarah Aanestad. Only those candidates including a cover letter with salary information will be considered for this position.

The Work of PPKM
The Bilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator joins PPKM at a pivotal point in its 80-year history. With the recent Board approval of its 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, PPKM is poised to expand and revitalize its health center footprint in Kansas and the Mid-Missouri region, and reinvigorate its education, outreach, and advocacy initiatives to educate a new generation of reproductive health and rights supporters and to promote greater access to affordable contraception, preventive treatment, safe abortion, and other critical reproductive health services.

As an affiliate of, and accredited by, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), PPKM operates seven high-quality health centers throughout the Kansas and Mid-Missouri area, with a centralized call center and online appointment scheduling. PPKM serves people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs. PPKM currently provides reproductive health services in the Kansas City metro area; Wichita, Kansas; and Columbia, Missouri. The medical staff includes a board certified OB/GYN physician who provides abortion services, as well as nurse practitioners. PPKM’s nurse practitioners collaborate with physicians to provide reproductive health care, perform examinations, and diagnose and treat infections. PPKM receives Title X funding in Missouri and accepts Medicaid and private insurance in both Missouri and Kansas.

PPKM provides comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education to more than 10,000 participants each year. Our education programs promote responsible behavior and honest communication with peers, parents, and adults. Teens are given information about how to deal with social pressure and are given medically accurate information about contraception. Programs offer a variety of interactive sexuality education presentations to schools, churches, and community groups on a broad range of topics.

PPKM is a leading advocate for the reproductive rights of women and men in Kansas and Missouri, working tirelessly to block legislation that restricts access to sex education, contraceptives, and abortion. To conduct more in-depth advocacy efforts, PPKM created the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPAKM), a sister corporation of PPKM organized under IRS Section 501©4. This classification allows PPAKM to engage in political activities and make additional lobbying expenditures that would not be allowed under PPKM’s 501©3 tax status. PPAKM maintains professional lobbying programs in Topeka and Jefferson City; monitors federal, state, and local legislation and analyzes its effects on PPKM and our clients; informs supporters about proposed legislation and encourages contact with their legislators; and recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to work in a variety of advocacy roles.

Project Eagle Community Tour

Project Eagle

Project Eagle is a major division of the Department of Pediatrics, within the School of Medicine, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Project Eagle manages multiple home-based and center-based early childhood education and comprehensive family support programs in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Project Eagle’s mission is to nurture the healthy growth and development of the community’s most vulnerable young children and families by providing a foundation for school readiness and strengthening family engagement.

The staff of Project Eagle have been partnering with families to improve the outcomes for those children most at risk for academic failure since 1989. Project Eagle has expanded its program, services, staff, and budget to serve over 1,000 children and families annually.

To learn more about this organization and its programs, please join join our friends at Project Eagle on May 6, 2016 at 10:00AM for their Community Tour.  For location and registration information, visit our calendar of events.