Kansas City, MO has joined with Code for America on two fellowships: in 2013 to support economic development initiatives and 2016 to support public health.

2016 Fellowship in Kansas City, MO

Code for America partnered with Kansas City, MO to ensure every school-age child meets immunization enrollment requirements for their school. Kansas City provides 25,000 to 30,000 immunizations a year to thousands of vulnerable children with a heavy surge right before the school year begins. Many parents have to wait in long lines just to receive a copy of their child's immunization record, others fail to appear because of the long waits. School immunization records are often incomplete providing an unclear picture of the communicable disease risk within local schools. Internally, large crowds and additional traffic create staffing issues for the Health Department.

The project developed a digital tool allowing individuals to search and access their own immunization records and receive reminders about upcoming immunization requirements. The project considered the technology access barriers that the target population faces and ensure that the digital tools are feasible for their use. This tool also aimed to improve school record keeping so that vaccine preventable disease risks become known and preparation can take place. Overall, these features may improve the efficiency of the local Health Department so that they can focus on an array of necessary services. In developing the project, Code for America and Kansas City also investigated how immunization services could help people get more general information about health care enrollment.

Local team leads

  • Marty Galutia, Strategic Planning and Quality Officer, Kansas City Health Department  
  • Tiffany Wilkinson, Assistant Division Manager, Kansas City Health Department

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2013 Fellowship in Kansas City, MO

In 2013, Code for America teamed up with Kansas City (KS) and Kansas City (MO) Mayor’s Offices to understand new opportunities for economic development. During the fellowship, the team created BizFriendly— an app that helps business owners learn new web skills and engage with their customers. The tool allows users to log-in, follow a step-by-step lessons with dynamic feedback, connect to locals and teach others. 

Beyond the app, Kennan and Hyder saw their fellowship year as an opportunity to use technology as a forcing factor for cultural change. While both Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri had city staff who wanted to embrace innovation, they were new to understanding the value of concepts such as open data. As a result, the duo worked with government stakeholders on the merits of releasing open data and  helped draft open data policies for the cities. 

Local team leads

  • LoDavid Rowe, Senior Policy Advisor, KCMO
  • John McGurk, Chief of Staff, KCMO
  • Ashley Hand, Chief Innovation Officer, KCMO
  • Jason Banks, Director of Business Access, KCK
  • Brett Deichler, Unified Government, KCK
  • Chris Cooley, Director of GeoSpatial Services, KCK