About Us

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s disease through programs, education, advocacy and research.

Our office is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but we provide services, programs, and support groups throughout Kansas and Western Missouri. We are here to help you, whether you are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a caregiver, family member or friend of someone with Pd.

NPF Heartland is a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), serving Kansas and Western Missouri. Although a chapter of NPF, NPF Heartland is an independent 501(c)3 organization, governed by its own board of directors.

Our Mission

The National Parkinson Foundation Heartland is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people touched by Parkinson’s disease through a community approach providing outreach, education, and resources.


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.