Synergy Services strengthens community through comprehensive care

This comprehensive care model is complex, but the mission is not. Synergy Services, a local nonprofit, opened its Homeless Youth Campus including its Youth Resiliency Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2010 with the goal of providing a lifeline to families and individuals in crisis. Synergy envisions a world without family violence, abuse and neglect. […]

12 steps to bolster advocacy efforts

Advocacy efforts have been underway for several years now in Missouri and Kansas to expand coverage of Medicaid. Through my work at safety net clinic Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, I see individuals every week that are not covered under the plan, and they struggle to cover the cost of a co-pay to see a […]

Allen County moves up 46 places in Kansas county health ranking

The 2019 County Health Rankings have been released, and Allen County moved up from #84 to #38, a dramatic leap of 46 places! Since Thrive Allen County’s inception, we have been working relentlessly to improve our community’s health, and we’ve made significant strides: Allen County built a new critical-access hospital.Thrive has helped recruit new doctors, […]

Why is everyone talking about Census 2020 now?

What comes to mind when you hear about the Census? Filling out forms? Census workers knocking on doors? Long statistical reports? While those descriptors might be true, they don’t tell the whole story. The Census is a powerful tool that directly influences how political and economic resources are distributed. It affects all of us — […]

Spring is here and so is our mid-session legislative recap

We are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel of a seemingly never-ending winter, and I, for one, could not be happier to feel the sunshine! The warming weather also means both the Kansas and Missouri legislatures have a limited amount of time left to get bills passed in 2019. Both legislatures are […]

One City Cafe: community kitchen with a restaurant feel

Every Monday through Friday night for over 40 years, people in need have been coming to Bishop Sullivan Center’s community kitchen at 39th and Troost for a hot meal. The kitchen was small, its dining rooms were crowded. On average, about 250 meals were served each weeknight. That’s a lot of meals to serve in […]

CFO celebrates 10 years with Health Forward

I recently celebrated my 10th anniversary as CFO at Health Forward. The time has gone by in a flash. My career has now spanned 42 years. Over those years I have been blessed with opportunities to work in a government agency, the corporate private sector, higher-level education, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations. Each career stop has […]

Now open: Health Forward’s new management system

Editor’s note: As we encounter any technical issues with our new system, we’ll update this blog post to reflect the solution to that problem. Please check back for more information. We apologize for the inconvenience. It’s here. The moment we’ve been waiting for. Health Forward’s new grant management system is now available to begin your […]

Former board member honors Black History Month

Editor’s note: Jim Nunnelly is a former Health Forward board member and an active and passionate member in our community. On his personal Facebook page, he honored Black History Month by featuring vignettes of senior citizens living in Kansas City. We are honored to share a recap of his tribute here on our blog. Each […]

Children’s Mercy offers medical home for children discovering their gender identity

When Alex was three years old, he knew that he didn’t fit the body he’d been born with. Alex and his mother eloquently describe their journey with gender dysphoria and ultimately his gender transition in Season 3 of Inside Pediatrics.   My colleague Dr. Jill Jacobson and I founded the Gender Pathways Services Clinic (GPS) […]


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