Community Outreach

Community Outreach Overview

TMC’s vision is leading the way to a healthy community. One of the ways we are fulfilling this vision is through our Community Health Education programming. These initiatives are aimed at improving the area’s health by encouraging people to take steps to prevent and manage chronic disease. Whether working to develop better nutrition and eating habits, coaching on healthier lifestyle choices or facilitating screenings and workshops, TMC’s interactions in the community are always aimed at providing long-term solutions for improving the community’s health.

Community Outreach

Community Health Education

The Community Health Education team, in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library, holds monthly mini-health fairs at various library branches providing glucose, cholesterol and vision screenings, as well as experts to answer health-related questions. In addition, the team also attends health fairs throughout the urban core, spreading the word about health and wellness.


Community Health Needs Assessment

Within the pages of this Community Health Needs Assessment, you will see snapshots of where our “thinking outside the bed” vision  is taking TMC. Our on-site Healthy Harvest Produce Market, taking healthy foods into the urban core with our Mobile Market and our  plans to open an affordable, community grocery store are just a few examples we describe within these pages. Those forward-looking  initiatives are just two of the latest efforts we believe proves that when it comes to leading the way toward a healthy community, TMC walks the talk.

Hospital Hill Report (PDF)

Lakewood Report (PDF)


TMC Mobile Market

Truman Medical Centers Mobile Market is back and better than ever.  The new Mobile Market bus is now handicapped accessible and offers more resources for maintaining a healthy diet.

Recognizing a lack of grocery stores in the urban core, the Mobile Market began in 2012 to bring fresh fruits and vegetable to these underserved communities.
The Mobile Market travels throughout these areas designated as "food deserts," where quality food sources are sometimes scarce.  

Below is the current schedule*

9:00-10:00 am
Jackson County Courthouse
415 East 12th St., KCMO

11:00 am-12:30 pm
Don Bosco (1st & 3rd Tues)
580 Campbell St., KCMO

1:00-2:00 pm
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
825 Euclid Ave., KCMO

2:30-3:30 pm
1200 East 18th St., KCMO

5:30-6:30 pm
Don Bosco (2nd & 4th Tues)
309 Benton Blvd., KCMO


11:00 am-12:30 pm
MCC-Penn Valley
3201 SW Trwy., KCMO

1:30-2:30 pm
Posada Del Sol Housing (1st & 3rd Wed)
1735 Summit St., KCMO

1:30-2:30 pm
(2nd & 4th Wed) Westport House
4020 Mill Street

3:00-4:00 pm
Linwood YMCA
3800 E. Linwood Blvd., KCMO


9:15-10:15 am
Southeast Community Cent
Southeast Community Center
4201 East 63rd St., KCMO

10:45-11:45 am
Fairmount Community Center
217 Cedar, Independence, MO

12:45-1:45 pm
Hawthorne Place
16955 E. Dover Independence, MO

2:15-3:15 pm
Fairmount Plaza (1st & 3rd Thur.)
615 S. Huttig Independence, MO

2:15 -3:15 pm
The Groves (2nd & 4th Thur.)
1515 West White Oak Independence, MO


11:00 am-1:00 pm
Palestine Senior Center (3rd Friday)
3325 Prospect Ave., KCMO

For more information on the market, contact Community Outreach at 816-404-3518.
*Subject to change

Project Sparkle

Project Sparkle, is a TMC beautification initiative with our neighborhood partner Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA).  Volunteers did repairs, painted and landscaping to the charter school. KCNA grew out of a partnership between the Urban Neighborhood Initiative and Kansas City Public Schools.
The charter school serves about 220 students Pre-K through 2nd grade. A grade will be added each year up to 6th grade. TMC Community Outreach also has established a Wellness Connection within the school, to promote community health education in the urban core.


Community Outreach Programs

  • Overview

    The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self- Management Program (DSMP) were developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center based on the following assumptions;
    • People with chronic conditions have similar concerns and problems.
    • People with chronic conditions must deal not only with their disease(s), but also with the impact these have on their lives and emotions.
    • Lay people with chronic conditions, when given a detailed Leader’s Manual, can teach the CDSMP as effectively, if not more effectively, than health professionals.
    • The process or way the CDSMP is taught is as important, if not more important, than the subject matter that is taught.

    This study found over a five years and with more than 1,000 subjects that people who took the program, when compared to people who did not take the program, improved their healthful behaviors (exercise, cognitive symptom management, coping and communications with physicians), improved their health status (self-reported health, fatigue, disability, social/role activities, and health distress), and decreased their days in the hospital.

    Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is directed towards person with diabetes, and their relatives who need information on self-care. The program is designed based on participatory education methodology. It utilizes principles of adult education and group work techniques that promote learning as well as progression towards a healthy lifestyle. The main goals of DEEP are;
    • To prevent complications and incapacities
    • To improve eating habits and maintain adequate nutrition
    • To increase physical activity
    • To develop self-care skills
    • To improve the relationship between patients and health care providers
    • To utilize the available resources

    In addition, this program includes strategies and principles of empowerment. These strategies motivate participants to participate more actively, not only in class, but also in community life to improve their own health and the health of others.

    Workshops are given throughout the year and various community sites as well as in house at TMC’s Hospital Hill for a 6 week period. Each week, participants meet for 2 hours with a trained CDSMP/DSMP. Class times and days vary depending on location.
  • CDSMP Classes

    Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

    Northeast Library (Thursday’s)
    April 20th – May 25th 5:30 - 7:45 pm
    6000 Wilson Road, KCMO 64123
    RSVP: Claudia Visnich (816)701-3589

    TMCHH, (Monday’s)
    May 15th – June 26th 9 – 11:30 am
    Conference Rooms 3&4 (near cafeteria) 2301 Homes, KCMO 64108
    RSVP: Rose Farnan (816)404-1076
    *HIV/AIDS Patients only

    Ivanhoe Community Center (Tuesday’s)
    November 14th – December 19th 11:30 – 1:30 pm
    3700 Woodland, KCMO 64109
    RSVP: Neil Rudisill (816)921-6611 ext.203

    TMCHH, (Friday’s)
    June 9th – July 7th 11 – 1 pm
    2301 Holmes, KCMO 64108
    RSVP: Raquel Garcia, RN (816)404-3560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Bluford Library (Thursday’s)
    September 7th – October 13th 11 – 1 pm
    3050 Prospect, KCMO 64108
    RSVP: Deitra Johnson (816)701-3482 or Raquel Garcia (816)404-3560
  • DSMP Classes

    Diabetes Self- Management Program (DSMP)

    Northeast Library, (Thursday’s)
    August 3rd – September 7th 5:30 – 7:45 pm
    6000 Wilson Road, KCMO 64123
    RSVP: Claudia Visnich (816)701-3589

    Bluford Library, (Thursday’s)
    June 1st – July 6th 11 – 1 pm
    3050 Prospect, KCMO 64108
    RSVP: Deitra Johnson (816)701-3482 or Raquel Garcia (816)404-3560
  • DEEP Classes

    Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

    TMCHH, (Wednesday’s)
    February 22nd – March 29th 11 -1 pm
    Ground Floor Conference Room (near cafeteria) 2301 Holmes, KCMO 64108
    RSVP: Raquel Garcia, RN (816)404-3560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Calvary Church, (Tuesday’s)
    April 4th – May 9th 11:30 – 1:30 pm
    Wellness Center 2940 Holmes, KCMO 64109
    RSVP: Cassandra Wainright (816)531-4683 ext.21

    Seton Center, (Tuesday’s or Friday’s)
    June 9th -14th 11 – 1 pm
    2816 E. 23rd. KCMO 64127
    RSVP: Opal (816)581-4701

    Bluford Library (Thursday’s)
    July 27th – August 31st 11 – 1 pm
    3050 Prospect, KCMO 64108
    RSVP: Deitra Johnson (816)701-3482 or Raquel Garcia (816)404-3560