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Greater Kansas City Cover the Uninsured Coalition Announces Spring Phonathon and Health Fair

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The federal government estimates 45.7 million Americans, including 9.2 million children (Source: State Health Access Data Assistance Center, 2007), lack health coverage of any for kind for an entire year. Nearly one in five working adults is uninsured.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Greater Kansas City Cover the Uninsured Coalition in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working to keep this issue in the public eye. The coalitionís goals include:

• Educating the Kansas City community about the problem of the uninsured.  In Missouri, more than 15.8 percent (744,027) of the population do not have health insurance. 145,150 of those uninsured are children. In Kansas, 16.6  percent (335,413) are without health insurance. 57,511 of those uninsured are children (Source: State Health Access Data Assistance Center, 2007).
• Providing access to existing insurance programs
• Connecting the uninsured to available health-related services
• Developing sustainable partnerships that can continue to work toward coverage of the uninsured

During the past seven years, the coalition has organized health fairs, presented health coverage seminars for small business, created a health resource directory (available at and distributed it during a phonathon on KSHB-TV, helped provide free eyeglasses to Kansas City schoolchildren and launched awareness campaigns through churches, schools and the media.

This year's phonathon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on KSHB-TV  and the health fair located at UMKC Health Sciences Hospital Hill Campus (2464 Charlotte) takes place on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will provide immunizations, cholesterol screening, blood pressure, osteoporosis screening, diabetes foot exam, blood glucose screening, vision and hearing screening, dental screening, skin cancer screening, full physical exam for those under 18 years of age and much more.

Members of the Greater Kansas City Cover the Uninsured Coalition include Advocates for Family Health Project of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Ascension Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carondelet Home Care Services, Carondelet Manor, Kansas City Health Department, Kansas City Wellness Network, Providence Medical Center, Regional Health Care Initiative-MARC, St. Maryís Medical Center, St. Mary's Manor, Saint John Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, Saint Vincent Clinic, The Salvation Army, Seton Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Unicare Health Plan of Kansas, UMKC School of Pharmacy, West Central Missouri Area Health Education Center and Villa Saint Joseph.

If you are interested in participating or would like the latest information, please contact Deborah White at 816-943-3989 or check out the national website at

To view the Health Resource Guide click here


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