Health Forward CFO retires after 13 years: ‘blessed to be part of the growth of this amazing foundation’

Farewells are difficult so I choose not to think of it in those terms, more of a “see you soon.”  The foundation was just a little over four years old when I started as the CFO and still considered in its formative years.  Over the last 13 years, I have witnessed such tremendous growth, maturity, […]

After year of work, reflection, Health Forward thrilled to announce new purpose in 2022

Reflecting on the past year at Health Forward, our work can be summarized as learning, listening, and reflecting. As we’ve shared, we spent 2021 in a purpose alignment process. This process allowed us to identify the motivation behind our work. This renewed commitment to our communities will guide our new, five-year purpose plan that will […]

New Health Forward associate embraces spirit of giving at Health Forward

In November, I joined Health Forward as Qiana’s executive assistant. I will be supporting Qiana and her leadership team through an array of tasks, but especially by managing their complex calendars, creating visual presentations and agendas, and coordinating with the board of directors and Community Advisory Committee.  My path to Health Forward is not the […]

Celebrating Jennifer Sykes’ 15-year anniversary

Jennifer and her dog Larry working at home

Jennifer Sykes
Communications Director, Health Forward Foundation

Communications director Jennifer Sykes has helmed Health Forward’s communications for 15 years. She has seen the organization through some significant projects, including strategic planning, logo redesigns, website development, our 10-year and 15-year celebrations, our name change and rebranding in 2018, and media campaigns around important issues like tobacco prevention and Medicaid Expansion.  While Jen’s role […]

KC Common Good: youth employment programs critical to reducing violence


Adam McClun
Community Engagement Manager, KC Common Good

Black and brown communities in cities across the United States face challenges limiting upward mobility — Kansas City is no different. Excluded from prosperity, faced with higher rates of poverty, and lower life expectancies, these communities have fallen victim to cycles of violence. However, the power of hope shared by our community members led them […]

Health Forward intern finds authenticity in philanthropy

Allie Utley

I grew up in Allen County, a community of 13,000 people spread out over 404 square miles, and a school system that fed well over half its students free or reduced school lunches. For most of my upbringing, poverty was just a fact of life, etched into generational lifestyles of families who have never been […]

Questions and answers about Health Forward’s 2022 grantmaking transition

Last week, we announced changes to our grantmaking process that will take place in 2022.  Our 2022 foundation defined grant funding process will change to provide sustaining support during this transition period, while our applicant defined grants will be awarded less frequently. You can read the full details here.  Understandably, you have reached out to […]

New research project to explore digital equity’s effect on health of refugee, immigrant communities

It has been said that nothing is permanent except change. Consider the past 18 months. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as COVID-19, prompted global change, resulting in an exceptional era of transition and disruption. We collectively stepped into an environment characterized by uncertainty, and we are still adjusting to the nature and extent […]

Amethyst Place’s camping trip reduces pandemic-induced isolation

Amethyst Place camping trip

Amethyst Place works with local women and children to achieve recovery, reunification, and resilience. They provide family-centered care that enables these families to overcome the interconnected cycles of poverty, trauma, and substance use. This care includes safe housing and basic needs; educational and vocational supports; recovery, wellness, and financial coaching; and therapy and care management. […]


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