“Protecting and Promoting Community Health”

Panel Discussion – KCMS Virtual Annual Meeting, October 21, 2020

  • Actions during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Health/wellness work serving low- and moderate-income and senior populations, such as Independence Uptown Farmer’s Market and Kansas City, Kan., downtown Merc Co+op grocery
  • Civic leadership on health issues through hospital boards, civic boards, etc.

Panelists

David Alvey, Kansas City, Kan. and Wyandotte County Unified Government

Mayor David Alvey of Kansas City, Kan., and CEO of Wyandotte County has a long legacy of service in Wyandotte County dating back to his great-grandfather, who established a school where both black and white children were educated. Elected mayor in 2017, Alvey has worked closely with his public health department in setting COVID-19 policies and launching testing outreach programs in Latino areas. Alvey has played a leadership role in attracting the Merc Co+op grocery store that opened this summer in downtown Kansas City, Kan., bringing healthy food to an underserved area.

Learn more about Mayor Alvey: https://www.wycokck.org/Mayor/Biography.aspx

Peggy Dunn, Leawood, Kan.

Peggy Dunn has served as mayor of Leawood since 1997. With her husband, Terry, she has been involved in a myriad of civic activities, many of which touch health care. The couple was honored as Volunteers of the Year in 2016 by Nonprofit Connect and have been named multiple times to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Power 100” list of most influential individuals. She has been active on Truman Medical Center’s Charitable Foundation board and chaired the regional United Way. She also has served Saint Luke’s Health System and Children’s Mercy. Terry Dunn has been board chair and capital campaign chair for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Ingram’s calls Mayor Dunn “one half of Kansas City’s grand champion power couple.”

Learn more about Mayor Dunn: https://kcumb.edu/blog/culture/former-kcu-trustee-terry-dunn-peggy-dunn-named-nonprofit-connect-s-2016-volunteers-of-the-year

Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, Mo.

Quinton Lucas became mayor of Kansas City in August 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has faced tough decisions about closing and reopening the city, supporting public health. Overall as mayor, he has prioritized making Kansas City’s neighborhoods safer, creating more accessible and affordable housing and public transportation, fostering a healthier community and improving basic services. Born and raised in Kansas City, he has spent most of his life in the city’s urban core. As a child, he moved often and experienced homelessness, sometimes staying with family or friends, or residing in a motel. Mayor Lucas graduated from Cornell Law School and has been a member of the University of Kansas Law School faculty since 2012.

Learn more about Mayor Lucas: https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/city-officials/mayor-quinton-lucas

Eileen Weir, Independence, Mo.

Eileen Weir has been mayor of Independence since 2014. A signature accomplishment of hers is the Independence Uptown Farmer’s Market, opened in 2018, increasing access to healthy foods and wellness programming, especially for low- and moderate-income families and seniors. In March, in her role as Mid-America Regional Council board treasurer, she initiated formation MARC’s COVID-19 multi-agency coordination group in response to the pandemic. She was the first mayor in eastern Jackson County to declare a state of emergency for COVID-19. As mayor since 2014, she also has supported Tobacco 21 and Medicaid expansion. She has been a board member of Truman Medical Centers, ArtsKC and more.

Learn more about Mayor Weir: https://eileenweir.com/