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FLOWERS—THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE DR. PHILLIPPE GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS—IN HAITI


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appy Easter, friends! Although this winter was mild by any standard, it was still winter and I'm so glad to see my daffodils thriving despite late frosts. I'm excited to finally have warm breezes, midwestern thunderstorms, and the softly greening ground to walk upon with my daughter. 

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This month, we are all about the farm and the table--and how more people are placing a greater importance on the connection between the two of them. Peggy Parolin investigates the science behind the farm-totable movement with the farmers at Bayer Crop Science. Their work is making local farms more profitable which make our dinner tables richer places to dine.  Dr. Philippe is going back to his roots in a very meaningful way-this MD is giving back in his home country of Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew struck last year, he was emboldened to step up the work of his nonprofit, Sante Haiti and his tireless efforts are making a difference.  I'm particularly looking forward to Easter this year. The first year with a new baby is always full of exciting firsts and as she will be nearly seven months on April 16th, she's learning to explore the world around her more and more. I can't wait to show her the surprise of plastic eggs filled with (non-swallowable) trinkets, and maybe try some spring fruits and veggies as she learns to appreciate solid food. And while Easter isn't about the bonnets and bows, I can't deny my excitement at putting my daughter in the blue tulle dress that her Gigi bought for her and taking her to church. I now understand the feeling of fullness in my heart when I see my family all in a pew together on Sunday mornings, just as my mother did before me.  This is such an amazing time of year-everything seems new and full of possibility. Hold onto that feeling, friends. Spring is more than an equinox; it's a state of mind. Enjoy it!  Happy Easter! 

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n a BBQ town like Kansas City, it takes a lot to stand out. So when the Silvio brothers, Nick and Sam decided to expand their meat kingdom from the Brazilian stylings of Em Chamas Brazilian Grill to a BBQ joint, they knew they had to take a different tactic. After

buying existing BBQ restaurant Hawg Jaw Fritz in Riverside, they decided to make it their own. They have since rebranded the business as Hawg Jaw Que and Brew and just recently relocated from Riverside to North Kansas City. In the new location at 900 Swift Street, they are in the nexus of craft beer: next door to

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The Irish Hawg gives a classic a smoky twist.

Burnt Ends remain the most popular dish.

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Irish Hawg. This take on a classic reuben ($9.99) is a hefty sandwich piled high with smoked corned beef, smoked sausage, swiss cheese and sauerkraut, topped with thousand island dressing and was almost too much for one meal. It's the first time that I've seen a reuben on a BBQ menu but with the subtle smoke flavors, it makes complete sense. Add a side of smoked macaroni and cheese or buffalo cole slaw and it

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Dr. Jonathan

Philippe Leads Medical Mission

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urricane Matthew made landfall as a Category 4

storm on southwestern Haiti on the morning of October 4. Force winds, estimated at 74 mph, battered the island nation and its citizens. One month after

IN AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MATTHEW,

DR. PHILIPPE’S NONPROFIT SANTE HAITI BRINGS MEDICAL RELIEF TO HAITI’S CITIZENS

Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, UNICEF reported that nearly 600,000 children remained in need of humanitarian assistance, facing disease, hunger, and malnutrition.

Jonathan Philippe, M.D., a family care practitioner at Mosaic Life Care in Platte City, was born and raised in Haiti. As founder of Sante Haiti, Dr. Philippe did not hesitate to put the meager resources of his healthcare nonprofit to work. Exactly one month after Hurricane Matthew struck, the doctor undertook a four-day medical mission to the beleaguered nation. “I was the only one traveling from the US. The team members in Haiti were already on the ground to assist. We distributed food and cholera medication because the water was not safe,” says Dr. Philippe. “Cholera was already a problem. We provided rehydration treatment and medicine distribution by working with local church groups. We helped more than 500 families.” Cholera, an infectious, often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, is typically contracted from infected water supplies and causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew, or the devastating earthquake that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale in 2010, have led to widespread cholera outbreaks, killing thousands and sickening a few hundred thousand. By November 23, 2016, the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization reported that 1.4 million people were in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. More than 175,000 people were placed in shelters. Total suspected cholera cases reached nearly 6,300 cases. CONTINUED >

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“In two to three years, I want to have a clinic in place in northwest Haiti,” says Dr. Philippe. “I want to build a hospital in 10 years that is run by Haitians

to empower them.”

frequent care simply because not enough clinics and resources exist. “When we started the program, I would go once a year. After we were done, what then? Most people had to wait until the next year,” says Dr. Philippe. Now, three nurses do basic checkups for hypertension and diabetes every two weeks. Dr. Philippe says, “We pay local physicians directly to provide continuity of care.” Still, this tactical healthcare approach is overshadowed by the mountain of need among the country’s populace. Sante Haiti’s goal is to build a clinic and regularly serve patients at a dedicated location.

Dr. Philippe founded Sante Haiti in 2008 when he was a medical stu-

Since 2008, Sante Haiti’s operations have been

dent long before he could practice medicine as a physician. He regis-

underwritten by personal funds, organizational

tered the organization in 2012 as a nonprofit. Even then, Philippe sought

funds, and fundraising. Dr. Philippe even used a

to do what he could to improve healthcare for his fellow Haitians.

portion of his school loans as a medical student

“Initially, I went to help check blood pressure and provide basic treatment,” says Dr. Philippe. “I wanted to give back.”

to fund the nonprofit. “It’s a calling,” says Dr. Philippe, who plans to

In the years since, Haiti’s population has needed ongoing medical

return for another medical aid trip in late May 2017.

assistance as it recovers from calamities and regains a sense of normalcy.

“At this moment, our primary need is financial. For

Proper resources are needed for daily care and sanitary conditions.

this trip in May, we need $10,000 to buy medications

By the end of February 2017, Dr. Philippe had returned to Haiti three

and supplies. By early 2018, we need more money

times to continue administering aid. In December 2016, his journey

to build a clinic in the rural area Jean Rabel in the

focused on food distribution.

northwestern part of Haiti. It will be expensive

“I didn’t want people to worry about food at the end of the year,” says Dr. Philippe. “We distributed rice, spaghetti, cooking oil, soap, detergent, and water treatment.”

because we have to bring supplies from the capital of Haiti to rural areas on unpaved roads.” Dr. Philippe, who has completed similar medical

Haiti’s medical needs are far more than what one doctor can

missions in the Dominican Republic and Malawi,

address. Dr. Philippe’s vision is to not only respond to these needs

Africa, remains focused on improving long-term

during a crisis but to also provide fundamental healthcare that

healthcare in Haiti.

improves the daily lives of Haiti’s people.

“In two to three years, I want to have a clinic in

Today, Sante Haiti consists of seven staff members in the United

place in northwest Haiti,” says Dr. Philippe. “I want to

States that primarily raise funds and coordinate trips. Five other team

build a hospital in 10 years that is run by Haitians to

members in Haiti work in the field. Sante Haiti depends on OB/GYNs,

empower them. We will need doctors to staff positions

surgeons, dieticians, and others to volunteer their time and services

with proper training. Outside organizations bring their

toward providing comprehensive care on medical missions.

fancy equipment, provide aid, and then take it home.

Dr. Philippe’s most recent trip in February included a contingent of pro-

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Access to healthcare remains limited, especially in Haiti’s rural areas. Citizens do not receive

We will use what’s available in our country.”

fessionals from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Meanwhile, Sante Haiti continues to seek medi-

“I was a consultant to help train doctors and teach residents,”

cal volunteers to provide services and train Haitians

says Dr. Philippe. “I met with officials including a representative

on family care services as well as much-needed

from the Minister of Health and deans from medical schools to pro-

funding to improve and save lives. For more infor-

mote comprehensive care and family medicine.”

mation or to donate, visit SanteHaiti.org.

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A food kit provides basic sustenance in a dire situation.

Dr. Phillippe distributes food and clean water after Hurricane Matthew.

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FARM-TO-TABLE (CON TI N U ED)

Brad Oxendale lends real life experience to the science of growing better crops.

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ave you heard the latest dirt on farm-to-table food?   It’s all about communication, partnership, and innovation. And  Kansas City is

right in the middle of all the action. Foodies and farmers depend on one

another now more than ever. Foodies want to know the source of what they’re putting in their mouths. Farmers want to engender long-lasting and loyal relationships with restaurants and their end customers. It’s a mutual admiration society. Since being ranked number three by Travel + Leisure among America’s Best Cities for Foodies in 2015, the KC metro area has continued to enjoy the spotlight and its rightful ranking among the regions where farm-to-table food venues can flourish. Exactly what does farm to table mean? It’s complicated and it’s not. As defined by wiseGEEK, a compendium of clear and concise answers, “a classic arrangement for a farm-to-table restaurant is as follows:  Restaurant A contracts directly with Farms C, D, E, and F for its produce, fruits, vegetables, and animal products. Restaurateurs travel to the sites of the farms they use, meet the farmers, and see the environment in which the food is grown and animals are raised, and the farmer agrees to select products as they ripen and send them directly to the restaurant. In some cases, chefs even travel out for the harvest, selecting the cream of the crop for their establishments.”

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Agriculture is as much technology as it is hard work now.


Local expert Brad Oxandale, a longtime Kansas farmer and Head of Engineering,

With increased interaction between pro-

Maintenance, and Construction at Bayer Crop Science, further explains the concept.

ducers and consumers, and by choosing

“Basically, 'Farm to Table' means knowing where your food comes from the

restaurants and store items that come from

moment it’s planted to the time it’s placed on your table. The food goes directly from

local farmers, consumers contribute to the

the producer to the consumer, cutting out the middleman. Today’s consumers have

overall success of farmers that choose to

a much higher awareness about what they eat. They want to know the origin of the

raise food responsibly and at the same time,

product, whether the crops are raised with added hormones or pesticides, and how

encourage the growth of a more sustainable

the farmer’s involvement with the food supports the local economy and environment.

food system. In some communities, farm-

Farmers and their crops have higher levels of expectation than ever, as do venues

to-table speed dating occurs. Local farmers

wanting to reap the benefits of the farm to table status.” says Oxandale.

seeking new markets and chefs searching for

According to culinary experts, the first farm-to-table restaurants can be traced

new food sources will get the chance to find

back to the hippie movement in the 60s and 70s, when organic, local, and natural

their match. By doing this, restaurants can put

food became trendy and more people began supporting local farmers. Still, it was not

a face on their food source, further validating

until about ten years ago, that the movement began to really take off.

their claim as a farm-to-market venue. And,

As a national intersection of agricultural tradition, animal health, livestock, and

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farming industry, connection, communication,

the art and the science of farm-to-table provisions. The actual geographic center

and partnership are now more important than

of the Lower 48, Lebanon, Kansas, lies about 480 miles to the west of our area,

ever. For the diner, it’s a win-win situation.

but Kansas City is the nation's most centrally-located big city. Its location amidst

So, if it’s farm-to-table, is it also organic? Not

expansive farmland and major players in agribusiness translates into an abundance

necessarily. ‘Locally grown’ is not synonymous

of fresh meat, produce, and even fish.

with ‘organic’. One other mistaken assumption

The Missouri Department of Agriculture asserts that the Show Me State is home to more than 100,000 farms, covering two-thirds of the state’s total land acreage and supporting many of the state’s top agricultural commodities including soybeans, corn, cattle and calves, hogs, and turkeys.

is that local and/or organic foods are more nutritious than those that are imported. While the FDA does provide guidelines and national standards for what foods can

Kansas is even more deeply engaged in farming than Missouri. The Kansas Department

be labeled organic, cage free, free range and

of Agriculture cites farming as the number one industry in the state, with agriculture

grass-fed, they are not easily verified. When

accounting for more than 40 percent of the total economy with more than 60,000 farms

you truly desire to eat farm to table, consum-

in the state, producing and raising top crops and livestock. Based on these facts alone, it’s

ers visit farmer’s markets and restaurants

easy to understand why the KC metro is on the map for its restaurant scene.

that identify the farms with which they work.

While the multitude of farms is impressive, not all qualify as farm-to-table sources; even

It’s not unusual for meals to bear subtitles

fewer meet the standards of being labeled as organic farms. But, despite the fact farm-

citing the farm of origin. It’s more than just

to-table suppliers may not be certified as organic, they are still more highly scrutinized by

for your information, it’s a promise and sign

restaurant partners and subject to overall higher standards than other producers.

of assurance that a relationship exists.

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FARM-TO-TABLE (CON TI N U ED)

The

guidelines

and

standards

for

‘local’

remain murky. A report from the Department of Agriculture  states that "though 'local' has a geographic connotation, there is no consensus on a definition in terms of the distance between production and consumption." This despite a provision in the 2008 Farm Act that stated, in part, that any food labeled ‘local’ must be produced in the "locality or region in which the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product."    So, which is healthier, organic or local? Organic may be better for you, but not necessarily because of traditional nutrition measures. According to TIME magazine, a  2012 study  conducted by Stanford’s Center for Health Policy concluded that organic produce is not more nutrition-dense than its generic counterparts. However, the research was widely panned for taking a narrow view of nutrition. Counterarguments insist  that food grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides—which is to say organic—are by definition healthier choices. As for the 29% of consumers who believe local food is more nutritious, they may be right. Most nutrients begin to degrade the moment a fresh piece of produce is picked; so the sooner it gets to you the better. Many studies have shown that a peach or berry picked closer to ripeness is more nutritious than a fruit—organic or not—picked before or after its peak of ripeness. Luckily, the Kansas City area provides a wide selection of both organic and farm-to-table establishments.  We get to have it all. For more about community supported food, farmers and recommended restaurants, visit KCFoodCircle.org.

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ARTICLE DIANA LAMBIN-MEYER


I

t might not have been Sundance or Cannes, but

that includes workshops and other programs

when A-lister Don Cheadle walked the red carpet

for aspiring filmmakers.

in Kansas City last spring, the cameras flashed,

Children are also the focus of another,

the microphones surged and the excitement liter-

lesser-known film festival in Kansas City

ally crackled at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza

July 23-26. Held in a variety of locations in

for the 20th annual Kansas City FilmFest.

Missouri over the years, the National 4-H

Don Cheadle, who called Kansas City home as a child and still

Film Fest is open to the public but empha-

has family in the area, was in town to showcase his directorial debut

sizes empowering youth as producers – and

“Miles Ahead” about jazz legend Miles Davis. Cheadle also wrote,

not just consumers – of digital media. Learn

produced and starred in the movie.

more at 4H.Missouri.edu/filmfest4h.

The bright lights and red carpet unfurl again at the Cinemark

Before that is the Kansas City LGBT

Palace on the Plaza April 5 – 9 with more than 40 films of various

Film Festival June 22-29 (OutHereNow.

genres available for screening.

com). Held at the Tivoli in Westport, this

For those who have never been to one, a film festival is a pop-

event showcases work that honors the

corn-filled celebration of the arts. It’s an opportunity to move

challenges and celebrates the lifestyle of

beyond the massive studio productions most of us think of when

the LGBT community.

we think movies and experience the storytelling art from a different, more intimate perspective.

October is time to head to Wichita for the weekend and experience the Tallgrass

A highlight of this, the 21st KC FilmFest, is "Big Sonia", a local story

Film Festival. This Oct. 12-16 will be the 14th

about one of Kansas City’s last Holocaust survivors. Hers is a remark-

year that nearly 200 films from around the

able story, but perhaps not one that would gain the attention of a

world. Some films are free, but otherwise,

major movie studio. Tickets for "Big Sonia" are already sold out, but it

tickets are as low as $5 for some films.

is an example of the attraction of a local film festival.

Like many festivals, attending the par-

In addition to some great entertainment, through various conver-

ties and other events associated with the

sations and presentations, you’ll learn a bit more about the chal-

movies is as enjoyable as the shows them-

lenges and demands of creating a good motion picture. The most

selves. Tickets go on sale in September at

interesting part for many is the Q &A session after each movie with

StubbornlyIndependent.com.

the director, writer or another significant individual in the production. You’ll likely want to turn right around and see the movie again,

CONTINUED >

just to watch it with your new found perspective. At most film festivals, you’ll need to purchase a pass and register for the films and events you plan to attend in advance. But many festivals also allow opportunities to walk up and buy tickets. Tickets are already on sale for the Kansas City FilmFest, so check in right away at KCFilmFest.org. If you have children, plan ahead for next year to engage them in Reel Spirit, a children’s film competition

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FILM FESTIVALS (CON TI N U ED)

The wonderful vintage Glenwood Arts Theatre in the Ranchmart Shopping Center in Overland Park is the home of the Kansas International Film Festival each November. When it started back in the 90s, it was called the “Halfway to Hollywood” Festival. Get it? Kansas native Ed Asner, better known as Lou Grant, is on the KIFF board and is usually available for conversation and autographs. This year, the dates are Nov. 3 – 9 and the line-up for more than 50 films is still be selected. Tickets go on sale in October at KansasFilm.com or at the Glenwood Theatre. This past November was the first year for a new event in St. Joseph called the Outlaw Film Festival. It honors filmmakers within a 100-mile radius of St. Joseph while showcasing a variety of films from around the world. Organizers hope to do it again this next year, so look for details at OutlawFilmFest.com. Another good one to keep on your radar for next January is the Kansas City Jewish Film Festival held at the White Theater on the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park. Check out this year's event at TheJKC.org. If you’re into film festivals, there’s a good chance you were in Columbia in March for the incredible True/False Festival in Columbia. While the focus of this four-day event is on the documentary, there’s nothing boring or “documentarish” about the T/F experience. Character parades and individuals expressing themselves in colorful, public spaces make T/F a great opportunity for the best form of entertainment ever – people watching. In addition to the 40 feature length and 20 short films screened, T/F taps into the creativity of the Show-Me State by providing live music prior to each screening. Each venue and the sidewalks leading to each feature more

1

than 25 fresh art installations. Those passes go on sale in midFebruary each year at TrueFalse.org. 

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1. Kansas City native Don Cheadle answers questions from the media during a red carpet event at the Kansas City Film Festival. Photo by Diana Lambdin Meyer

3. The legendary Ed Asner, a Kansas City native, is on the board of the Kansas International Film Festival. Photo by Melissa Fink, TMI Images

2. Local musicians perform before each screening at the True/False Film Festival, adding value to the arts experience. Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

4. Twin brothers Brian and Ben Mossman are owners of the Glenwood Arts Theatres and founders of the Kansas International Film Festival. Photo by Melissa Fink, TMI Images.


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3 Plan another trip to Columbia in November for Citizen Jane, a film festival coordinated by Stephens College that highlights the work of

4 welcome to all events, many of which are free. Reserved tickets begin as low as $10 at CitizenJaneFilmFestival.org.

female writers, directors, producers and actors. Women have directed

Think of attending a Kansas or Missouri film festival as shopping

fewer than two percent of the 700 or so major motion pictures cre-

on Small Business Saturday after a Black Friday blow-out at the big

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retail chains. Both offer bargains and satisfy your needs, but Small

increase the odds for women in this male-dominated business.

Business Saturday supports your mom-and-pop, local businesses,

More than a film festival, these four days in Columbia serve as an

the heart of your community. Although not exclusively, most film

artist’s retreat for women interested in expanding their interest in and

festivals showcase the independent, mom-and-pop film makers, the

understanding of filmmaking. Of course, both men and women are

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Parting Thoughts

SWIM SAFE! APRIL IS DROWNING PREVENTION MONTH

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HOW TO REACT TO A DROWNING INCIDENT • THROW, DON’T GO – a young child struggling in the water can

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rowning is one of the lead-

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ing causes of death in the

grabs hold and then tow the person safety.

United States. On average,

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3,533 people die as a result

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deaths are children under the age of four

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• APPROACH FROM BEHIND – if you need to enter the water to

tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drown-

save someone from drowning, it is best to approach the person from

ing deaths are preventable. However, if a

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you under the water as well.

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To find a USSSA affiliated swim school near you, or for details on

swimming lessons, knowing CPR, having

becoming a member of the nation’s leading swim school organization

pool fences and barriers installed.

visit: USSwimSchools.org.

Northland Lifestyle | April 2017


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April 2017 Issue of Northland Lifestyle

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