Pages with Partners: Mercy and Truth Medical Missions

Pages with Partners

Join us for our newest blog series Pages with Partners, where Health Forward staff select a book to discuss with a community partner. If you have a book recommendation, fill out the form at the end of this post. Maid: Hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to surviveBy Stephanie Land In Stephanie Land’s […]

A call for equity in breast cancer care

In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and embarked on a treatment journey that brought me to a significant milestone – I’m thankful today to be celebrating 10 years cancer free. This year an estimated 281,550 women in the United States (about 2,100 in Kansas and 4,600 in Missouri) will be diagnosed with breast […]

Voces de Medicaid: Tranquility is medication for the soul

Editor’s note: Voces de Medicaid is a community storytelling experience presented by El Centro. In January 2018, El Centro joined Community Catalyst in their Community Voices of Medicaid initiative, which focuses on informing and educating the community about Medicaid, while raising the voices of people impacted by the program. The following is an excerpt from […]

Teaming up for a strong start to school

This fall, the transition back to school is more important than ever. At United Way of Greater Kansas City, we are deeply invested in the success of our students. We have championed education initiatives for decades, from home visiting programs to out-of-school opportunities. And this summer, as research about the impact of unfinished learning started […]

Advocacy helps Y provide meals to children

Healthy foods, sliced fruits

Each year, Missouri’s 24 YMCA associations serve over 130,000 children through our various programs and services. Prior to the pandemic, our Ys annually served over 500,000 healthy meals and snacks to almost 14,000 children.  The past 18 months have brought an even greater need for healthy meals and snacks for Missouri’s kids. Missouri’s Ys responded […]

Student finds affirmation of career path through internship with Health Forward

Editor’s note: Cole Riley interned with Health Forward’s policy team this summer. He is a senior at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He is majoring in political science with plans to attend law school after graduation. Cole is a member of the 2019 Cohort of the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute and the political […]

After 5 years, Health Forward’s vision still resonates with director of accounting

Five years ago, I joined Health Forward and CFO Rick Zimmer’s finance team as a part-time accountant. At the time I was really looking for a more senior, full-time position, however I felt so strongly about the mission and energy of Health Forward that I decided to take a chance. I immediately enjoyed the spirit […]

New Health Forward director to grow understanding, strategies around health equity

As I reflect on the teams of people and communities I’ve collaborated with and the impact I’ve been able to influence over the years, it is the work of Health Forward Foundation that has inspired me to consider the legacy that I want to leave for those whom I love and love me. Engaging in […]

Recapping the Missouri and Kansas 2021 Legislative sessions


Cole Riley
Policy Intern, Health Forward Foundation

This monthly legislative update recaps the 2021 legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with partners that share similar interests. Contact us if there are opportunities to work together to strengthen our collective advocacy voice. Kansas Even in the midst of a pandemic, Kansas had a productive, albeit somewhat controversial, […]

Good things grow when neighbors band together

Kids playing at Marlborough Park

Welcome to Marlborough. This vibrant community in the southeast section of Kansas City, Missouri, is home to about 10,000 people and covers five connected neighborhoods spread over two-and-a-half square miles. Today, Marlborough residents can meet at their community center, enjoy walking on more than two miles of consecutive sidewalks connecting three different greenspaces, and let […]


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