If you’re home already, why not complete the census now?

Today is a day that comes only once every 10 years: Census Day, when we count everyone living in the United States. It’s quite an extraordinary undertaking. Of course the coronavirus pandemic has most of us thinking about other things. Public health precautions and economic turbulence are necessarily top of mind at this time of […]

During public health crises, equity should be central to solutions

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, we are witnessing its tremendous impact internationally, nationally, and locally. Prohibitions on travel from certain countries, state of emergency proclamations by state and local governments, universities moving to online courses, and major entertainment and sporting events are shutting its doors to the public. With […]

Celebrating Karen Guile’s 15th anniversary

We recently celebrated Karen Guile’s 15th anniversary with Health Forward! Karen was the fifth employee to join the team of the fledgling foundation, and she has been part of so many changes through the years. In her words, “We’ve come a loooooooooong way!”  From her perspective, one of the biggest changes is related to technology—specifically […]

Cancer deaths evident along socioeconomic lines

At Gilda’s Club Kansas City, we were pleased to learn last month that the American Cancer Society® reported that deaths from cancer have steadily declined over the last 25 years. According to Facts & Figures, 2019, “As of 2016, the cancer death rate for men and women combined had fallen 27 percent from its peak […]

Children’s Dental Health: More than a February focus for Cass Community Health Foundation

February is a time for groundhog shadows, Girl Scout cookies, and Valentine treats. It is also a time to raise awareness about the importance of oral health through National Children’s Dental Health Month. Since 2008, Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) provides dental screenings, oral health education, fluoride varnish treatments, and dental supplies to students in […]

‘Getting settled’: how a KC organization helped a homeless man find a home

At Kim Wilson Housing (KWH), we have three guiding principles:  Housing is the foundation for good health.  Housing vulnerable people requires diverse, community-based collaborations and support services.  Housing is cost-effective. Homelessness is not.  Last fall, as the holidays approached, each of these principles came into play when a woman called to see if we could […]

Program officer Donna Bushur finds gratitude in five years with Health Forward

Last week I celebrated my fifth year as a program officer with Health Forward Foundation, and my 25th year working full time in the social service area.  Though my professional background is filled with a variety of positions from direct service to management, none have been more important to me than my current role. I […]

¡Yo Cuento! (I Count!): Take part in 2020 Census

Completing the 2020 Census is our chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars we send to Washington DC make their way back to our communities. The results will determine political power, representation in Congress, and funding for important programs like WIC, Head Start, SNAP, school lunch programs, Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), and Medicaid, as […]

Meet Qiana Thomason, new Health Forward president/CEO

I am filled with great humility, purpose, and elation to begin this next chapter as president/CEO of Health Forward Foundation. I can’t imagine a finer organization to lead. Because of my own experience as a former uninsured patient and then later an administrator within the Kansas City safety-net system, I am embracing this leadership opportunity […]

Helping with the financial toxicity of cancer

“I have been blessed to have great health care through my employer! I don’t know what I would have done without my great insurance! I would probably not be here,” says Caesar. “In almost nine years of treatment, my medical bills have been around $6 million, while I have paid $9,000 out of pocket! I […]


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