Separation of Church and Discrimination

It has always amazed me that people of faith sometimes use their religion to explain why they can discriminate against others, kill others, and exclude others. Religion is now being used by some to determine who you can vote for and some religions define specific issues that determine whether you can continue to practice as […]

New Faces of Need

Our mission at Health Forward includes eliminating the barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved in our service area. The past three years as a Program Officer at Health Forward, I’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous organizations that are also working towards this goal. It is a challenging mission when times […]

Food Policy in the Kansas City Metro

I recently participated in the Kansas City Food Policy Summit, which was in August at the Kaufmann Foundation. It was organized by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and several local food-focused organizations including the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture and Kansas City Community Gardens. The Summit created […]

Training the Future Non-Profit Leaders

When I was in college I was fortunate enough to meet Tom Butterfield who had started a residential home for troubled boys in Marshall, Mo. Tom’s vision for helping youth grow to be responsible adults captured my heart. In many ways, meeting Tom changed my life. I worked for Tom while in graduate school and […]

Let’s Start Holding Political Candidates Accountable

Political campaigns and policy discussions are having a tough time co-existing in today’s world. I am old enough to remember a time when what a candidate said during his campaign is what the candidate believed. I am not sure anymore. In today’s world, most of what we hear about from a candidate during a campaign […]

Remembering Richard Nadeau

Last week Richard Nadeau, a former respected founding board member of Health Forward, passed away at his home. Richard led a full life even though he was partially blind. He was an avid art collector and mental health advocate and practitioner. In the early days of the foundation he fought hard to have mental health […]

Reform Reality – Who Really Wins with a Yes Vote to Proposition C?

Proposition C is on the Missouri Ballot on August 3. Most legal scholars, political pundits and even proponents agree that the vote on this referendum is mostly symbolic. Even if the bill passes with a majority of YES votes, it is anticipated that the courts will rule that state law cannot precede federal law. The […]

Who Will Care for the Newly Insured?

With the new health reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, over 32 million currently uninsured folks are estimated to be insured by 2014. While that is great news – the obvious question is who will be providing health services to these newly insured Americans. In the state of […]

Focus on Implementation of Health Reform

The federal health reform bill was signed into law in March of this year after months of difficult and very messy negotiations and partisan political activity. It was not a pretty sight to watch even if you liked the final outcome. It certainly did not inspire confidence in our elected officials. While national polls show […]

We’re Number 50!!

Missouri is Number 50! That is the reputation the state has earned when last week the state of South Carolina raised its tobacco tax. Now Missouri has the lowest tobacco tax in the United States. Not surprisingly, Missouri has one of the highest smoking rates in the United States. Research tells us that the higher […]


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