About Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor

Our Mission

The mission of Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor is to serve as a resource to the Historic Northeast Kansas City community, providing effective support and access for medically underserved neighborhood residents.

Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor (NNN) (previously known as Neighbor 2 Neighbor) is a private not-for profit organization that provides financial and other support services to the medically underserved residents of the Historic Northeast neighborhoods of Kansas City, Missouri. NNN provides this support by identifying and creating access to needed health care services, coordinating referrals to various healthcare providers, providing funding for the services, educating clients regarding their medical needs and available medical services, and assisting clients in navigating the healthcare system.

Since its inception, the organization has operated under the leadership of its voluntary board of directors and provided services entirely through volunteer staff. All services provided by NNN have been funded through relatively modest fundraising activities and in collaboration with other agencies which provide services below their usual rate.

Our History

Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor (NNN), originally known as “Neighbor to Neighbor”, is a private, not-for-profit organization founded by Elaine Joslyn, D.O. in 2005.   Dr. Joslyn, a physician specializing in family medicine, serves patients from her practice at Neighborhood Family Care in Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic Northeast. Dr. Joslyn had recognized that many residents of the historic neighborhoods of Northeast Kansas City lacked adequate resources to obtain the medical care they needed to lead healthy, productive lives. The Northeast area is comprised of seven neighborhoods – each widely diverse in terms of culture, language, income, ethnicity and housing. The area is a designated federal health professional shortage area (HPSA), with a very limited supply of healthcare providers. Currently, only a very limited number of primary care providers serve the area: Dr. Joslyn’s practice, Neighborhood Family Care, one other small family practice, and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (a federally qualified health center). No specialty care providers serve the area.

Dr. Joslyn’s vision was to establish an agency that could assist these residents – those who would otherwise not be able to access needed care services — with obtaining the care they need. Dr. Joslyn recruited others, who shared her vision, to serve on the board of directors. Together they established Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor.

Today, NNN provides financial and other support services to the medically underserved residents of the neighborhoods of Kansas City, Missouri’s Northeast. NNN provides this support through identifying and creating access to appropriate and needed health care services, coordinating referrals to various healthcare providers, funding of needed medical services, educating clients regarding their medical needs and available medical services, and assisting clients in navigating the healthcare system.

Since its inception in 2005, NNN has operated under the leadership of its voluntary board of directors, and has provided services entirely through volunteer staff. All services provided by NNN have been funded through relatively modest fundraising activities.

Beginning in 2010, NNN has established the strategic objective of significantly increasing its revenue base so that it can expand its capacity to meet the growing demand for services among residents of Kansas City’s Northeast neighborhoods.

Our Board of Directors

Leslie Collins, President
Annie Sandt, Vice-President
David Remley, Secretary
Dr. Jim Phillips, Treasurer
Dr. Elaine Joslyn, DO
Dr. Doug Rushing
Abby Hoover