Family Health Care
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.
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.
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.
Wyandotte County Kansas has many challenges. These maps, tables and
websites help tell the story.
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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.
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.
The Wyandotte Community Health Council's page on census tract level data on vulnerabilities
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.
% of individuals living at or below the federal poverty level.
(% of individuals living on incomes below HALF the federal poverty level.)
Wyandotte ranks 101 of 101 ranked Kansas counties for Health Outcomes and
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.
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