Application test

Health Forward is seeking candidates for five board positions for terms beginning in January 2021.

In selecting members for the Health Forward Board of Directors, special consideration is given to ensure that the candidate pool meets the qualifications outlined below.

The process for electing directors was established by the Missouri Attorney General when Health Forward was created in 2003. The process requires time and steps that go beyond those that are usually involved in recruiting candidates for board seats. However, it ensures that leadership emerges from qualified candidates who are diverse in gender, race and ethnicity, culture, service area geography, and expertise. Candidates who have experience or sincere interest in working with the underserved in the field of health are encouraged to apply. We embrace a broad definition of health that includes traditional definitions of health of individuals as well as the health of the communities we serve.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) oversees this significant task. The CAC is a 24-member group that is appointed by various elected officials throughout the Health Forward service area. The CAC Nominating Committee is charged with soliciting applications, interviewing and vetting applicants, and recommending a slate of nominees — at least two for each open slot — first to the full CAC for approval and then to the Health Forward Board of Directors for interviews and selection. The CAC is required to approve the final selection of candidates elected by the board.

Health Forward directors serve without pay for a three-year term. Directors may be re-elected by the board for a second, three-year term. 

Conflict of Interest
Health Forward has a strong commitment to integrity and open meetings. All who join the organization as associates or board members are asked to declare any conflicts that would compromise the ability to be objective in decision-making. While we welcome members of the community who have ties to our grant work, there will be restrictions on those board members’ ability to vote on or discuss any items that would constitute a conflict of interest. No board member can benefit financially from any grant or contract work of Health Forward Foundation. Additionally, board members cannot be public officials. See Qualifications section below for more details.

All board members are required annually to complete and submit an attestation and statement of personal interests, which is outlined in the conflict of interest policy.

Meetings and Attendance
Board meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of even months from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Health Forward Foundation offices at 2300 Main Street, Suite 304, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108. It is customary for board members to spend at least two-to-four hours each month attending board or committee meetings.

In addition, board members also spend time reading material in preparation for board and committee meetings. All directors serve on one or more committees, many of which meet six times per year either in person, or by video/conference call. Board members are invited to serve on two committees (time commitment for each committee varies) and attend the six board meetings per year. Members are expected to maintain at least 60 percent meeting attendance for both the board and committee appointments.

Number of Candidates
This year, the Community Advisory Committee expects to submit a slate consisting of at least 10 candidates to fill the five board openings. The board will elect new board members from those nominated at the December 2020 meeting.

Timeline and Process
The CAC Nominating Committee begins the search process to identify candidates in July. Applicants are asked to complete an application and submit a current resume by Sept. 1, 2020.

During September and October, the committee will review applications and select applicants for face-to-face interviews that will take place Oct. 6 and 7 at Health Forward. Interviews with applicants will be audio or video recorded and made available to current Health Forward board members as an aid to their selection process in December. Please note that the recorded interviews are for internal decision-making purposes only. Health Forward adheres to Missouri Open Meetings Law, which requires that Health Forward, when requested, will also provide public access to the written and recorded materials.

The committee will identify a slate of nominees following the first round of interviews in October. Candidates who are not nominated will be notified of their status by mid-October. Current board members will then review the nominees’ application packet along with the recorded interview. Nominees will be interviewed briefly by the board of directors at its meeting on Dec. 2, and the directors will cast their votes that same day.

Election results will be communicated to nominated candidates within 48 hours of the final vote and ratification by the CAC. New directors will participate in orientation prior to taking office at the February 2021 board meeting.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and/or the following three counties in Missouri (Cass, Jackson, or Lafayette) or a Kansas resident, taxpayer, property owner, or business owner in one of the following three counties in Kansas (Johnson, Wyandotte, or Allen). These six counties compose the Health Forward Foundation service area.
  • Must have knowledge, expertise, education, or experience in one or more of the following: accounting/auditing; behavioral health; communications; community-based organizations; diverse-abilities; economic and workforce development; education; equity, diversity,  inclusion, and belonging; health care/delivery; housing or community development; government; investment management; legal; organizational management; public health; public policy; real estate; research/evaluation; or rural issues. 
  • Must contribute perspective in one or more of the following areas: uninsured and underinsured consumers of health care services; access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured; health promotion and education in underserved communities; health care quality and outcome improvement; health care needs of women, children, the elderly, disabled, low-income, ethnic, and cultural minorities; or general issues of public health.
  • Must have demonstrated core leadership attributes.
  • Must have a recognized reputation for integrity and competence.
  • Must have demonstrated an ability to devote the time necessary to fulfill board responsibilities and regularly attend meetings.
  • Must have demonstrated an ability to understand and appreciate the role and responsibility of a public health care philanthropic foundation and the need to balance various constituency interests.
  • Must have demonstrated a personal interest in, and concern for, the public health and welfare of those most in need throughout Health Forward’s six-county service area, and a commitment to accomplishing the overall mission, purposes, and goals.
  • Public officials are not eligible to serve as directors. For purposes of this exclusion, public official means any elected or appointed officer or employee (other than those who serve without compensation) of any city, county, state, or federal government or has governmental policy-making authority. Any director who chooses to run for election to public office must resign as a board member upon filing documents declaring his or her candidacy.

Qualified candidates are asked to complete the online application below. Applicants must also submit a PDF document of their most current résumé (no more than five pages). You may upload your résumé at the end of the application using the “Select PDF” button.

All materials must be submitted on or before Sept. 1, 2020.

For questions or concerns, please contact Karol Shadle at or (816) 241-7006.

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006