Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) and KFF (the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) have entered into a new long-term partnership to establish a KHN (Kaiser Health News) Midwest Bureau, based in St. Louis, Missouri. KFF – the trusted source of health policy information – produces health policy analysis, polling, and journalism, and KHN is its national health and health policy newsroom, producing in-depth news coverage of health care policy and politics. An editorially independent program of KFF, KHN’s more than 50 journalists are mostly based in KFF’s Washington, D.C. offices or in California.
With support from MFH, KHN will expand its editorial staff and build a team of journalists based in St. Louis who, working with freelancers, will produce coverage throughout the region. The goal is to bring the same high-quality health and health policy journalism that KHN produces nationally to the region and to bring important stories from the Midwest Bureau to the nation. As with all its journalism, KHN stories produced from the Midwest Bureau will be made freely available for publication by media outlets throughout the region and the country and will be published on khn.org and distributed through KHN’s social media platforms.
“This partnership continues and expands Missouri Foundation for Health’s commitment to health journalism,” said Robert Hughes, president and CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health. “This exciting new venture will provide the local health journalism Missourians need to understand and navigate the changing landscape of health, the health industry, and health politics. I’m looking forward to seeing more stories reported out of the Midwest Bureau receive the national attention they deserve.”
“We are thrilled that Missouri Foundation for Health is making it possible for us to bring KHN to the Midwest and to create a new engine for health journalism based in St. Louis,” said KFF president and CEO Drew Altman, who is also KHN’s founding publisher. “Next we hope to expand in other important regions such as the South and the Mountain states,” Altman added.
“The ongoing crisis in local journalism’s business model has left many communities with few or no trusted sources of news about a wide range of issues, including health,” said KFF vice president and executive director of Media and Technology, David Rousseau, KHN’s Publisher. “We are excited to be working with Missouri Foundation for Health to extend the KHN model of nonprofit journalism to the Midwest and are confident that both the region and the nation will benefit from this increased coverage.”
Media organizations interested in working with KHN should contact KHN at KHNPartnerships@kff.org and those interested in joining our efforts to expand and improve health journalism in the Midwest and beyond should contact KFF at email@example.com. Employment opportunities for the Midwest Bureau will be posted soon at https://www.kff.org/
–Source–Kaiser Family Foundation
Congratulations to Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner! Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, PhD, LCSW, has been named President of MCCA member, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City’s-Crittenton Children’s Center. Dr. Jacobs-Kenner joined Saint Luke’s in 2015, as the Senior Director of Community Based Programs. Jerrie has 33 years of clinical and leadership experience in the social and behavioral health fields; serving Missouri’s public and private sectors.As the President of Crittenton Children’s Center, Jerrie will provide leadership for a dynamic team of professionals committed to the highest quality of care for children and families through hospital, residential, and community based services.
Congratulations to Carrie Bolm, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MA-CF) new President and CEO! She will lead the organization’s overall strategic direction through a partnership of agencies. Carrie will assure quality programs are provided while maintaining fiscal accountability, and looks forward to working with the executive team to achieve these goals.
Carrie is uniquely qualified for this position as she has prior experience with the Missouri Children’s Division, the
Missouri Alliance for Children and Families and Great Circle, a partner agency. Most recently, Carrie was the Senior VP of Community Behavioral Health at Great Circle and prior to that role she was appointed VP/Chief Program Officer of Community Based Services in December 2012. In those roles she was responsible for operational oversight, strategic direction and financial management of all programs in which services are provided to children and families within the community and educational settings. Carrie has an extensive history in the field of child welfare and has previously worked for Missouri Alliance for Children and Families as their Regional Operations Director and Director of Training, Quality Improvement and Human Resources. She also worked for the Missouri Children’s Division for 10 years as a Program Development Specialist after beginning her career as a Social Service Worker. Carrie is a graduate of the University of Missouri –Columbia with a B.A in Speech Communication and Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work.
LeAnn Haslag, dedicated child and family advocate, is retiring from MCCA member, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MA-CF), this month. In addition to her tireless work to improve the outcomes for children and families connected to Missouri foster care, LeAnn is a committed ally to colleagues and partner organizations, always making time to help others help families.
Prior to joining MA-CF as CEO in 2013, she was with the State of Missouri for 28 years. As a part of Missouri’s Children’s Division for 23 years, her accomplishments included drafting the first Performance Based Foster Care Case Management contract and assisting with the implementation of this public-private partnership. While with the Office of the State Court Administrator, she assisted with the implementation of the initial Fostering Court Improvement sites.
We at MCCA are grateful for her steady leadership, partnership and commitment. She has helped us better serve children, families, and community based providers. Thank you.
“I have been very fortunate to work in a variety of roles throughout my career, both in the public and private sectors, which has given me a broad perspective of child welfare issues. I am proud to have played a small role in the child welfare arena and hope to continue my involvement after retirement. It may not always feel like we are making progress but when I think of what child welfare practice looked like in the 1980s I know we have come a long way. Best wishes to all of you who continue to make a difference in children’s lives .”
Carrie Bolm has been named the new MA-CF CEO.