The Partisan Divide | Investing In Kansas City's Health
In today's polarized political landscape, it's difficult for Americans to see beyond partisanship and find common ground, and the Health Forward Foundation prioritizes community health with $3.4 million in grants.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The United States is facing partisan division like never before and it is a problem.
Whether it is a neighbor-to-neighbor dispute on policy, or how one classifies the January 6th insurrection, the chasm between the moderate and the extreme is affecting the operations of the country including the election process. "In a free society, there is going to be disagreement", professor Jeffrey Sikkenga said "... the question is how we deal with those disagreements". Two professors agree that we, as a society, need to work to improve this division.
- Darius Watson, professor of political science, Lincoln University
- Jeffrey Sikkenga, professor of political science, Ashland University
Segment 2, beginning at 32:25: The health care disparity in Kansas City is largely shaped by where you live and how much money you make.
There are regions of the metro with quality access to health care and those without it. The Health Forward Foundation is fighting this by awarding $3.4 million in grants to 36 nonprofit organizations. The idea is to make people, especially in low-income neighborhoods, healthier. Two grant recipients share their goals for improving health care in the city.
- Adriana Pecina, senior program officer, Health Forward
- Maxfield Kaniger, chief executive officer, Kanbe's Markets
- Justin Matthews, executive director, Reconciliation Services
The Health Forward Foundation is an underwriter of KCUR.