About Us

NPF Heartland is non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people touched by Parkinson’s disease through a community approach to delivering programs, education and outreach.

Although our office is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we provide services, programs, and support groups throughout the state of Kansas and Western Missouri. Whether you are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or have been managing it for years, a caregiver, family member or friend of someone with PD, we are here to help you.

NPF Heartland is a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF),

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for people touched by Parkinson's Disease through a community approach providing outreach, education and resources.

Vision - The quality of life of everyone touched by Parkinson's Disease is improved by receiving quality services, support and information.


Founded in 1981 as the Parkinson Association of Kansas City with the purpose to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease; to help find its cause and cure; and to provide education and support to patients, their families and caregivers. Initially, the Association focused on raising money in support of a cure and of clinical services for people with Parkinson’s disease. Much of this funding supported the National Center for Excellence at the KU Medical Center.

The Association first incorporated in 1995 as the Parkinson Association of Kansas City. In 1999, it hired its first Executive Director in an effort to become an independent organization and to expand patient services, public awareness and fund development. In 2003, a Program Director was hired to continue to expand and improve patient services and programs. Also in 2003, the organization expanded its mission to include a wider geographic presence in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and changed its name to Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland.

In 2011, Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland strengthened its relationship with the National Parkinson Foundation, and signed an affiliation agreement to operate as the Heartland Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.