About Family Health Care

 

For nearly three decades, FHC has tended to some of the sickest and poorest in the Kansas City community. We are here to help during some of the most troubling times for people we serve.

 

Earlier this year- Andrea, who is here for school in KC and a long way from her home and family in Africa, discovered she was pregnant and came for prenatal care through FHC’s MOM Clinic (Maternal Options that Matter). She was heart-broken and very frightened to learn that she also had HIV disease. Fortunately, she was in the right place; FHC is a leading provider of HIV care in KC and we treated Andrea for her pregnancy and for HIV. After delivery, FHC continued to treat momma Andrea and her baby with antivirals. After several months it is clear the baby is healthy, without HIV and only needs routine care.

 

Each week at FHC, staff and volunteers provide health services, social supports and just plain caring to hundreds of folks in need in our Kansas City community. Often they have no insurance and few resources. This year over 800 people received services through our Care Beyond the Boulevard (CBB) homeless program. Most of the men and women CBB serves are found sleeping “rough” under bridges or in brush or encampments in empty lots.

 

As the safety net under the safety net in Wyandotte County FHC provides care for people with serious chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS- Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or metastatic cancers. FHC also cares for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other more common chronic illnesses. Preventive care included services last year for more than 130 pregnant women and their babies who were seen in the MOM clinic and for over 350 children.

 

Family Health Care works tirelessly to improve the lives of those we serve by providing compassionate quality medical care and wrap around social services. This year we provided care to more than 4,700 individuals through more than 15,500 visits.  By achieving the FQHC Look-Alike designation this year, we established a strong foundation for the future. But, because we continue to see so many who don’t have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, we really need your help to build on that foundation. Thank you for considering a year-end or on-going charitable gift to help support our work for Andrea and her baby and hundreds, even thousands, of others.

 

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 Wyandotte County Kansas has many challenges. These maps, tables and websites help tell the story.

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Peter Klashorst Boat People Rohingya

Throughout human history and during the history of the United States, immigration has been fueled by natural and manmade disasters. The US and Kansas City have hosted refugees. Wyandotte County came to be through immigration of abolitionists and was an important part of the underground railroad hosting slaves immigrating/escaping before and during the US Civil War. "Boat People" referred to people coming to the US from Germany in the 1880's, Belgium in 1915, from Vietnam in 1978, and other mass flows of immigration. It also has referred to refugees from China, from Myanmar- the Rohingya people and during the past year from Syria. Kansas City, Kansas has welcomed people from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and many hostile places from all over the world. They make their home here now. 

Wyandotte County has a high concentration of people who live in poverty. The proportion of people living below the federal poverty level in the zip codes along the Eastern Wyandotte County/Kansas State line is greater than any in the State of Kansas or in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In fact the percentage who live at half the poverty level is greater than the percentages at the poverty level in most of the other Wyandotte County zip codes.

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Living in the western part of the County is associated with more than ten years of added life-expectancy compared to the easternmost zip codes/census tracts.

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The Wyandotte Community Health Council's page on census tract level data on vulnerabilities

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Family Health Care provides for the needy in our community. This map shows the percentage of people in each zip code who live at or below the federal poverty level. It also shows (in parenthesis) the percentage of people who live at or below 50% of the federal poverty level. The folks at this level of income are often homeless and lack access to basic services. 

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% of individuals living at or below the federal poverty level.

(% of individuals living on incomes below HALF the federal poverty level.) 

General county demographics and census data:

General Census Data

Data USA Wy Co Profile

Health data compared to other Kansas counties.

Kansas Health Matters

Wyandotte ranks 101 of 101 ranked Kansas counties for Health Outcomes and Health Factors.

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Wy County Health Ranking- 101 of 101 ranked

 From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin

Health and demographic data compared to other US counties.

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Wyandotte Co Health Data Compared to 3,142 other US Counties

PDF of County Report

From IHME- Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation- Univ of Washington

Health Data Interactive Map