KC Life 360: Changing lives daily through employment, housing, health care

Most new diagnoses of HIV are among people who struggle with low employment opportunities and housing insecurity. For those living with HIV, finding employment and housing can be a challenge. Employers may discriminate against people who are HIV positive. People living with HIV may also feel stigmatized and not want to work in an environment […]

Clinic event administers hundreds of free flu shots

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, along with the help from numerous community partners, hosted their third Annual Warm Up Wyandotte/Warm Up Shawnee community events. This year’s event was called:  BOO to the Flu because, you guessed it, the event was held on Halloween. Mercy and Truth, along with Advent Health Systems, United Healthcare and Blue Cross/Blue […]

Kansas City’s bike boom: Born in a pandemic, what happens next?

Like towns and cities all over the world, Kansas City is experiencing a “bike boom” as the novel coronavirus rages on. With people working from home, kids attending school online, and families fighting cabin fever, many are turning to bikes as a way to get outside, exercise, and experience their neighborhoods. Local bike retailers report […]

Fixing the digital divide in Kansas City is important to public health

The digital divide is considered a “super determinant of health” because of its impact on a person’s ability to access critical resources like education, economic mobility, workforce opportunities, and health care. Despite all the hardships that COVID-19 has brought us, the pandemic has a silver lining – the digital divide is now getting the long […]

Affordable housing units important to health of community


Tania Hewett-Mader
Policy Associate, Health Forward Foundation

Few events in history highlight as clearly as the pandemic that housing and health are inherently connected. Families struggle to make ends meet after job loss or reduction in pay due to the coronavirus.  At the onset of the pandemic, governments  requested that residents stay at home, schools moved to a virtual environment, and many […]

Health Forward’s current status on equity journey

Health Forward Foundation has long advocated that to create health in our communities, we must look upstream to the social factors that are impeding health, and how these barriers show up inequitably. The only way to achieve better health for all people is to strive for more just and equitable communities, beginning with race equity. […]

Frequently asked questions (and answers!) about Health Forward’s refined focus

Editor’s note: On Sept. 30, Health Forward hosted a virtual celebration for our 15th anniversary. During the event, president/CEO Qiana Thomason inspired us with the announcement of Health Forward’s focus on racial and health equity. Below are some frequently asked questions that came from audience members during and after the event. You can also watch […]

Anniversary celebration recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual celebration in honor of Health Forward’s 15 years! We were overwhelmed by the engaged audience comments during the event.  If you were unable to join us, you can still watch a recording of the live event. We have also published just Qiana Thomason’s keynote address, which you […]

Health Forward reimagines the future

Editor’s note: The following is Qiana Thomason’s full keynote address of Health Forward’s virtual, 15-year anniversary celebration. You may also watch her address. Good morning! Welcome to Health Forward Foundation’s 15th anniversary virtual celebration. We are so pleased you’re sharing your morning with us as we reflect on our past and set our priorities for […]


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