KC Healthy Kids connects communities to close health gaps. We invest in community education, local and regional advocacy and direct support. Our work addresses systemic obstacles through solutions-based focus areas of youth advocacy, food policy, mental health, local food and active communities for kids and their families.
To advance the health and well-being of children and families through community-driven initiatives and advocacy where they live, learn, work and play.
Since 2005, our programs and policy work have addressed the following:
LOCAL FOOD: Kids and their communities need a strong local food system. We help farmers grow thriving businesses and teach kids & families the value of growing their own food and purchasing locally-grown food.
GOOD FOOD POLICY: Kids and their communities need it to be easier to get healthy food. We engage advocates and decision makers to promote policies that put healthy food within reach.
MENTAL HEALTH: Kids need to grow up feeling supported and accepted, especially if they have experienced trauma. We address trauma and help community partners create environments that support good mental health practices.
YOUTH ADVOCATES: Kids need to see themselves as advocates who lead adults. We teach kids how their surroundings shape their health, and how to speak out for change.
ACTIVE COMMUNITIES: Kids need to grow up in communities where physical activity can be a natural part of their day. We rally advocates to support policies and plans that make it easier and safer to walk, bike and play throughout our region.