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A year in review: Health Forward’s grantmaking in 2016

The coming of a new year marks a time of fresh beginnings and resolutions. December, then, becomes an important time to reflect on the accomplishments of the year and brings into focus the goals we still need to work toward. Each year, organizations in our region plan and implement outstanding programs and policies that continue […]

Creating a culture of health

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our final post, Bridget McCandless looks ahead to 2017 and how we can continue to build a culture of health. Join us as we look back on 2016.  A few weeks ago the […]

Community health workers gain recognition as integral to health care

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our ninth post, Graciela Couchonnal looks back at the integral part community health workers play in health care. Join us as we look back on 2016.  If you work on health systems reform, you […]

Jackson County enacts local prescription drug monitoring program

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our eighth post, Brad Hart details the local movement to create a prescription drug monitoring program. Join us as we look back on 2016.  As a proud resident of the Kansas City region, […]

Jackson County voters renew hope for children


Shannon Morris
Program Officer, Health Forward Foundation

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our seventh post, Donna Bushur and Shannon Morris review the benefits of a children’s fund that Jackson County voters approved. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Last year, in Jackson County, […]

Theory of change builds on 11 years of experience

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our sixth post, Jane Mosley explains the benefits of our newly developed theories of change. Join us as we look back on 2016.  For the past year, Health Forward has worked to […]

Why Tobacco 21 | KC was so successful

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our fifth post, Jessica Hembree examines why Tobacco 21 policies were well-received in the area. Join us as we look back on 2016.  As reflected in the national decline in smoking rates, there […]

Leadership academy graduates improving their communities


Adriana Pecina
Program Officer, Health Forward Foundation

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our fourth post, Brenda Calvin and Adriana Pecina reflect on the success of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Three years ago, Health Forward began what […]

New alliance advances KanCare expansion discussions

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our third post, Jennifer Sykes highlights the creation and momentum of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. Join us as we look back on 2016.  In case you haven’t heard – Kansas is in […]


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Health Forward's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact Health Forward Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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