Good Morning for Health! 

Thursday, March 5th was a good morning for health as FHC supporters gathered at Lidia’s Italy Kansas City and enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet while benefiting the clinic's services for uninsured and low income patients. 

More than 100 people attended our second annual Good Morning for Health event!  Thank you to our event speakers for such a relevant and informative program, Steve Roling, retired President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, JayDoc Free Clinic Executive Directors, Madison Breeden, Megan Watson and Erin Atwood, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Thomas and Dr. Sharon Lee, CEO of Family Health Care.  Steve Kraske, columnist from the Kansas City Star and host of the KCUR current-events program Up to Date, emceed the event.



Steve Roling spoke about the role of healthcare foundations in funding safety net services and how that might be impacted by the Affordable Care Act as well as how Kansas and Missouri are lagging behind.   Madison, Megan and Erin educated our audience about the value of the JayDoc Free Clinic to the medical students, the community they serve, as well as Family Health Care’s roll in their program. 

Charles Thomas related an experience he had with a homeless woman near his office whom he tired to help.  Unable to find shelter for her, he brought her to Family Health Care where Dr. Lee and her husband found and returned her to her family who had been searching for her for three months.  Charles’ heartfelt story showcased the values FHC maintains on a daily basis; equality and compassion for everyone.

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Family Health Care helping those with mental illness.

The intersection of charity and mental illness has long been a difficult place to stand.  It is no wonder we as a society have a “schizophrenic” attitude toward mental illness.  Sometimes those who suffer move silently with barely a ripple in our social pond, but too often we see the results of untreated mental illness at the other extreme when people who are mentally ill make waves and become destructive, abusive or even deadly. 

The concept of releasing mentally ill patients to provide out-patient community mental health treatment, made popular in the 1980’s, works for some.  But many, who are left on their own, inevitably make bad decisions.  They stop treatment, they alienate family and often wind up without good options. 

Family Health Care has always tried to provide a safe place for people with mental illnesses to come for medical treatment and sometimes just to get in from the cold for a bit.  It is not uncommon to have a patient with minor complaints stay through the day- sleeping on an exam bed and with a sandwich and juice before they go out to stay  beside Turkey Creek.  Sometimes we give them a blanket, or some foam rubber padding to sleep on.  

Sometimes we are able to get them to a shelter.  But almost never are we able to get them into an effective treatment center.  They don’t exist anymore.