• Congressman Cleaver Tours Medical School’s Urban Garden

    Cleaver Visit KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 16, 2014) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) introduced Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II to all that it produces today … from future osteopathic physicians studying for board exams to snap peas growing in its community garden.

    Cleaver and Marc B. Hahn, DO, KCU president and chief executive officer, met today to discuss the University’s role as an anchor in the Northeast Neighborhood and as a leading provider of physicians for Missouri and Kansas.

    “For nearly 100 years, the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has called our northeast neighborhood home,” Dr. Hahn said. “And, although we have grown to become the second-leading producer of physicians for the state of Missouri, and the state of Kansas, we have never forgotten our mission which is improving the wellbeing of the communities we serve.”

    Highlighting Cleaver’s visit today was a visit to the garden where first-grade children from Scuola Vita Nuova harvested snap peas, onions and kale.

    In 2010, KCU built its community garden located on its urban campus. Since then, faculty staff and osteopathic medical students have grown and harvested nearly 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each year, which they donate to organizations within the Northeast Neighborhood.

    “Congressman Cleaver’s efforts to create Green Impact Zones in our city have served as a model for the University and our entire community,” Dr. Hahn said.

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas.

    Posted: 06/16/2014