Mission: The mission of the research foundation is to strengthen the community and empower people to live healthier lives through our health education and scholarship programs.
Programs: See schedule o. Diabetes educationfunding was provided to operate the research foundation's harmon diabetes center. The goal of the harmon diabetes center is to provide diabetes self-management education to patients with diabetes, teaching them how to control the disease and avoid the many life-threatening complications associated with diabetes. A total of 561 patients were served by the harmon diabetes center from january 1 through november 30, 2014. Of those served, 55 medicaid or low-income uninsured patients received a scholarship to attend the class series through november 30, 2014. As of december 1, 2014 all operations of the harmon diabetes center were transitioned to midwest endocrine. Injury prevention for youthongoing support was provided to bring the research foundation thinkfirst brain and spinal cord injury prevention program into area elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. The goal is to bring an understanding and prevention of head and spinal cord injuries since there is no known cure for these permanent and debilitating injuries. A total of 204 programs were held, reaching 55,000 youth in the greater kansas city area during the 2014/2015 school year. In addition, the research foundation continued to coordinate and manage the young traffic offenders program (ytop). This program offers judges a way to deter young people from speeding, drunken driving, inattentive driving behaviors and other related driving offenses. During the ytop program, participants follow the path they would take after being seriously injured in a car crash. Approximately 515 young drivers attended ytop during 2014. Nursing educationscholarships were provided to undergraduate nursing students who attend avila university, research college of nursing/rockhurst university and william jewell college. A total of 25 scholarships were awarded to nursing students totaling $88,000. A total of 12 scholarships were provided to students studying radiology technology and nuclear medicine. Eight scholarships were awarded to nurses interested in obtaining a msn in nursing education. Awards and scholarships were provided for nursing faculty members at avila university, research college of nursing/rockhurst university and william jewell college who were seeking to improve their knowledge through doctoral study, service in the community and special projects. Scholarships were provided to 13 area high school students to attend the summer nursing experience camp at research college of nursing/rockhurst university and explore nursing as a career. Continuing medical educationthe research foundation coordinated and sponsored three full-day continuing medical education symposiums in partnership with the ed bixby institute for postgraduate medical education and postgraduate institute for medicine. Symposiums focused on primary care, infectious disease, and time critical diagnosis. Community programsthe research foundation organized and hosted a community-wide health fair attended by more than 1,200 people from the urban core of kansas city, missouri. The purpose of the event is to motivate and encourage healthy lifestyle changes. Attendees had the opportunity to be screened for the following: blood glucose, blood pressure, bodymass index, spinal screeing, kidney risk assessment, hiv and posture health. They also had the opportunity to receive information from nearly 100 health-related booths represented by various community organizations and free flu shots were offered.