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Health Forward is dedicated to supporting work that builds health and wealth for all.
A desire for change, for racial and economic equity, and for healthier communities lies at the core of every effort we undertake.
We advocate for the health of people that make communities thrive. Our efforts focus on whole-person care — from physical and behavioral to oral health and social services. And we support innovative ideas that make our health care system more inclusive.
Powerful communities are healthy communities. We work to adjust the balance of power by encouraging community members to participate in democracy, amplifying community movements, and supporting community leaders and advocates.
The places we live impact how healthy we are. Our approach to improving where we live focuses on two influential social factors: housing and digital access.
How healthy we are is strongly influenced by our society’s systems, policies, and stories.
To advance racial equity and economic inclusion, Health Forward is partnering with local governments and funders to center equity and race in all policies, systems, and decisions. We are reshaping the way people understand and talk about racial, economic, and health equity. And we are aligning our invested resources in a way that advances our purpose and has a positive impact on the people and communities we serve.
The stories we elevate are as diverse as the communities we serve. Discover some of the ways the Kansas City region is working toward a future of health equity.
Studies show that Black patients treated by Black doctors have better health outcomes and experience higher patient satisfaction.
More than 50 local organizations are following in the footsteps of Kansas City's pioneering Black doctors to fix what never should have been.
A relatively new policy in Kansas City is ensuring tenants facing eviction have the legal representation they deserve — keeping more people housed and healthy.
In life, we often walk in the paths laid out by others and in doing so, continue to build a path for those who come after us.
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