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About the Project

Our Healthy KC Eastside (OHKCE) is a community-wide initiative that promotes and delivers widespread COVID-19 vaccinations and other health services to residents on the east side of Kansas City. More than 60 community organizations and health agencies are partnering with OHKCE to support healthy lifestyles through vaccine events and health screenings like blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings and dental education. This is a Call to Action! Together we will Protect the Eastside. Get vaccinated! Do it for all of us.

OHKCE Community and UMKC Sector Leads

OHKCE equips community leaders to promote COVID-19 vaccination and health screening events with their peers. To ensure each of the four sectors (neighborhood associations, businesses, faith, and youth) are well-represented and have the support to carry-out the project, a Community Sector Lead and a UMKC Sector Lead work closely together to implement the project. These sector leads are below.

Business Sector

Daniel Smith
Co-Founder and Principal, The Porter House KC
danielc.smith@outlook.com
Maria Myers
Founder, SourceLink
Assoc. Vice Chancellor/Exec. Director, UMKC Innovation Center
meyersme@umkc.edu

Neighborhood Association Sector

Minister Gregg and Cashe Wilson
Neighborhood Association Community Advocates
Cashe_wilson@outlook.com
Dina Newman
Director, UMKC Center for Neighborhoods
newmandi@umkc.edu

Faith-based Organizations Sector

Reverend Eric Williams
Pastor, Calvary Temple Baptist Church
Founder and Executive Director, Calvary Community Outreach Network
williams9133@att.net
Carole Bowe Thompson
Project Director, UMKC Community Health Research
Group Project Director, UMKC Health Equity Institute
bowethompsonc@umkc.edu

Youth Organizations Sector

Monique Johnston
Director, Youth Ambassadors of KC
monique.youthambassadors@gmail.com
Amanda Grimes
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
grimesa@umkc.edu

Our Community Partners

More than 60 community and health organizations are participating in OHKCE. Your organization can too! Learn more and sign up to become an OHKCE community partner today!
Do it for all of us. Together we can Protect the Eastside.

Business Sector

  • Porter House KC
  • Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce
  • KC Daquiri Shop
  • Aya Coffee and Books
  • Reconciliation Services
  • Ruby Jeans Juicery
  • The Next Paige
  • The Prospect Urban Eatery

Church Sector

  • Calvary Community Outreach Network
  • Boone COGIC and Boone Tabernacle CDC
  • Calvary Temple Baptist Church
  • Centennial United Methodist Church
  • Concerned Clergy Coalition
  • Heaven Sent Outreach Ministries
  • Jamison Memorial Temple CME
  • Kingdom Word Ministries
  • Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church
  • United Believers Community Church Neighborhood Association Sector

Neighborhood Associations

  • Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
  • Boston Heights and Mt Hope
  • Eastwood Hills Community Association
  • Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
  • Key Coalition
  • Vineyard Neighborhood Association

Youth Sector

  • Youth Ambassadors
  • Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
  • UMKC Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Arts Tech: A Center for Youth Enterprise
  • HYPE: Helping Youth Plan For Excellence

OHKCE Research Team Members

Jannette Berkley – Patton, PhD

Professor, School of Medicine, Biomedical and Health Informatics
Director, UMKC Health Equity Institute & UMKC Community Health Research Group
berkleypattonj@umkc.edu

Carole Bowe Thompson

Project Director, UMKC Health Equity Institute & UMKC Community Health Research Group
bowethompsonc@umkc.edu

Turquoise Templeton

Data Manager, UMKC Community Health Research Group
templetont@umkc.edu

Josepha Lara-Smith

Project Coordinator, UMKC Community Health Research Group
lara-smithj@umkc.edu

Jenifer Allsworth, PhD

Professor, School of Medicine, Biomedical and Health Informatics
Statistician, UMKC Community Health Research Group
allsworthj@umkc.edu

Tacia Burgin

Graduate Research Assistant
UMKC Community Health Research Group
tacia.burgin@umkc.edu

Isabelle Ulloa

Graduate Research Assistant
UMKC Community Health Research Group
ibu6pf@umkc.edu

Salome Wilfred, MS

Graduate Research Assistant
UMKC Community Health Research Group
saw55b@mail.umkc.edu

Melissa Patterson Hazley, PhD

UMKC Community Health Research Group Communications Specialist
mphazley@umkc.edu

OHKCE Health Agency Partners

University of Missouri-Kansas City

School of Pharmacy
School of Medicine
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
School of Dentistry

Truman Medical Centers

Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City

Join us at one of our free vaccination and health screening events!