Arletha Manlove, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America, KC Chapter

September 7, 2008

Arletha Manlove, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) Kansas City ChapterArletha Manlove, is an African American woman who is the President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of American in Kansas City, Missouri.

History about the Kansas City Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America, Kansas City Chapter, Inc. (LFA, KC) was founded in 1979 and joined in the national organization (incorporated in 1977) immediately.  The chapter stated with dedicated people and a goal of helping those in the community with lupus know they are not alone.  The LFA, KC is dedicated to improving the quality of life for lupus patients and their loved ones by providing education, support and outreach services, and promoting programs of awareness, advocacy, and research. We understand the isolation and fear lupus patients often feel when they are first diagnosed. We also recognize the impact the disease can have on other family members. Our education and support programs are designed to empower patients to actively participate in their own health care to hopefully improve disease outcome and enhance their quality of life.

The Kansas City Chapter distributes 6 newsletters, the award winning Lupus Now magazines (3 per year), hosts awareness seminars, educational lupus learning`s, support groups, volunteer trainings, The Walk for Lupus Now fundraising event and educational materials to support and educate those affected by lupus.

We are also committed to increasing community awareness and program revenues by focusing public attention on lupus. We realize that early diagnosis and treatment are vital components in reducing the physical and economic impact of the disease. The LFA – Kansas City Chapter strongly support increased research funding that will enable scientists to identify the cause, develop faster diagnostic measures, safer, more effective treatments, and ultimately, discover the cure to eradicate this devastating disease.

Contact Information

Lupus Foundation of America, Kansas City Chapter
6700 Troost, Suite 501
Kansas City, MO 64131-4403

(816) 761-0850 phone
(816) 361-0446 fax
(866) 761-0850 Toll free

Mark Bowland Shares Scenic Walks on KC Trails

September 7, 2008

Mark Bowland is the Central Region Manager of the Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department

Mark Bowland, an African American, is trying to increase awareness about natural trails throughout the Kansas City area.

This article was featured in the magazine, “Only Health Matters”, September, 2006

Americans are eating too much and moving too little.  About 65 percent of American adults are obese.  Recent research shows that moderate activity, such as walking for 30 minutes a day, provides major health benefits.

The Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation has more than twenty-nine exercise trails for your walking pleasure.  Safe, clean exercise trails are located throughout the Kansas City Park System:

  •  Mill Creek Park trail, JC Nichols Parkway, 0.96 mile
  • Parade Park trail, Paseo and Truman Road, 0.30 mile
  • Loose Park trail, 51st and Wornall, 2.57 miles
  • Bannister Park trail, 9800 James A. Reed Road, 0.53 mile
  • Platte Purchase Park, N.W. 100th Plate Purchase Drive, 1.00 mile

These are a few trails within the park system.

Come on, get off the couch and join the thousands of other Kansas Citians who have chosen a healthier way o fliving, visit one of YOUR trails today.

For more information concerning a trail near you, please contact the Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation at 816.513.7500 or online at

Happy Trails.

Kansas City Black Doctors

September 7, 2008

African American Physicians in Kansas City work in all sorts of medical specialities including gynecology/obstetrics, internal medicine, dermatology, and more.

Finding Black Doctors in Missouri, just like finding other black business people is difficult across the state.

This page on is dedicated to providing free listings of African American doctors located in Kansas City, Overland Park, Fort Leonardwood, St. Louis, Raytown, Lee’s Summit, St. Charles, Sikeston, Columbia, and more. So if you know of a black doctor, please send the following to: blackmissouri1 @ yahoo dot com

Physicians Name
Area of Specialty
Phone Number

That’s it! We need your help to find Black physicians in Missouri.

Anthony Buren, MD Kansas City

Anthony Buren, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Medical School:   Univ. of Missouri – Columbia
Residency:   St. John’s Mercy Medical Center
Board Certified:   Internal Medicine

Washington Muro, MD Black Doctor in Kansas City

Washington Muro, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Medical School:   American Univ. of the Caribbean
Residency:   Providence Hospital
Board Certified:   Internal Medicine
“I believe in empowering patients with the tools necessary for them to feel comfortable enough to discuss their most pressing issues with me”.

Karla Houston-Gray, MD Black Kansas City Doctor

Karla Houston-Gray, MDMetropolitan Multispecialty
Physicians Group
2525 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64132
816 523-7000
Thomas W. McKeel, MD

Metropolitan Multispecialty
Physicians Group
2525 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64132
816 523-7000

Kehinde Morohunfola, M.D., Ph.D.

Kehinde Morohunfola, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Kenny
Center Medical Director
Internal Medicine

Medical School:   Univ. of Ife Medical School, Pennsylvania State Univ. College of Medicine
Residency:   Hershey Medical Center
Board Certified:   Internal Medicine

Teresa Marshall, M.D.

Teresa Marshall, M.D.
Family Practice

Medical School:   Univ. of Kansas School of Medicine
Residency:   Goppert Family Care Center
Baptist Medical Center
Board Certified:   Family Practice

Edward Wortham, Black Doctor

Edward Wortham, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Medical School:   Univ. of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine
Residency:   St. Joseph’s Hospital; Northwestern Univ. School of Medicine
Board Eligible:   Internal Medicine

Sequita Richardson, M.D., Kansas City Missouri Doctor

Sequita Richardson, M.D.
Dr. Richardson completed medical school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1997. She completed a residency in Family Practice in June, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Richardson has been with the Encompass Medical Group Hickman Mills Clinic Office since September, 2003.

(Swope Health also has a host of African American Physicians in the Kansas City area.)

First Guard Health Plan Stops Serving Kansas and Missouri

February 4, 2008

FirstGuard Health Plan stopped serving Kansas members on 12/31/06 and Missouri members on 1/31/07. If you have any questions about services performed before these dates, please call:

  • (816) 922-7200 Main Number
  • (800) 250-4413 Kansas Toll Free
  • (888) 828-5698 Missouri Toll Free

We tried contacting the number to find out what was going on with First Guard but it said that the number no longer is supported.  The voice then gave an address to forward claims but the address was very difficult to hear.

The First Guard Health Plan was a part of the MC+ and MC+ for Kids program.