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New associate connects with Health Forward mission

A meeting was held quite far from earth! It’s time again for another birth, Said the angels to the Lord above, This Special Child will need much love. So begins the poem, Heaven’s Very Special Child, by Edna Massimilla. My entire life has revolved in one way or another, around individuals with special needs. My […]

Mercy and Truth hosts first “Warm Up Wyandotte” event

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, a safety net clinic with locations in Wyandotte and Johnson County, Kansas, hosted an event the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 17, 2018 called Warm up Wyandotte. The event lasted under an hour and a half due to an overwhelming demand for the items that were offered for free. Thanks to […]

How to do data integration: The process from City of Kansas City, Health Department

Providers need all of the available data to best serve their clients. However, some client information is not available when it could be useful to a provider, even though the information has been collected and stored in an electronic system. In addition, similar data may be defined differently by different agencies and in different data […]

Health Care Foundation is now Health Forward Foundation

Most of you know us as Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. But we also answer to the Kansas City Health Care Foundation, the Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation, and sometimes even the health department. It can be confusing, we know. It was hard on our partners when they sometimes struggled to introduce […]

Shopping for insurance? Trained assisters ready to help navigate 2019 marketplace


Molly Moffett
Co-Chair, CoverKC Coalition, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Whether you need new health insurance or have no coverage — now is the time to educate yourself and take action. Consumers shopping for 2019 marketplace plans only have six weeks to enroll through HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment runs Nov. 1 – Dec. 15. CoverKC assisters offer free, unbiased help. Despite several changes to the Affordable […]

Group harvests cornucopia of fruits and vegetables for area at-risk populations

Healthy Communities: volunteers glean produce for After the Harvest

Fresh fruit and vegetables — and the health benefits that go with them — unfortunately remain out of reach for many with insufficient means. But thanks to a powerhouse Kansas City area program, a growing abundance of fresh produce is making its way to local families who need it most. After the Harvest, a nonprofit […]

Central Avenue: The road to Renaissance in KCK

CABA participants of La Placita

“Come and examine for yourself a peculiar city, which is rapidly growing,” reads a century-old invitation from Kansas City, Kansas. “This state of Kansas will have what belongs to her — a great city.” KCK has seen its ups and downs since then. Today, the “Great City” is on an upward swing, thanks in part […]

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday

Did you read that headline? Are you hearing the chorus of the Boyz II Men song in your head? I sure am. I must admit that I’ve procrastinated writing this post, which is completely out of character for me. The only time I put off doing something is when it’s hard — not hard in […]

Kansas City makes moves toward implementation of affordable housing plan

In November of last year, Kansas City embarked on a months-long process of evaluating the city’s most pressing housing needs through hosting a series of public meetings, conducting a citywide housing survey of residents, engaging city leaders, and hosting input sessions with a stakeholder group of local experts. The ultimate goal being the development of […]


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