Blog Posts By: Adriana Pecina

New calculator measures cost of food insecurity for community

October 17, 2017

We all know what it’s like to feel a little hungry, to miss or even skip a meal. We may jokingly overdramatize it, saying things like, “I’m starving,” or describing ourselves as “hangry.” But that’s not true hunger, and true hunger isn’t the most concerning food-related health issue. That would be food insecurity, which encompasses […]

Leadership academy graduates improving their communities

December 8, 2016

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our fourth post, Brenda Calvin and Adriana Pecina reflect on the success of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy. Join us as we look back on 2016.  Three years ago, Health Forward began what […]

Looking at Health Through the Equity Lens Approach

December 18, 2014

As has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation. On day nine of our Year In Review series, Health Forward Program Officer Adriana […]

Healthy Communities Funding: Same Goal, New Name

October 15, 2014

Healthy people in healthy communities. That’s the vision of the Health Forward Foundation. Earlier this year we announced that we changed the name of our Healthy Lifestyles funding to Healthy Communities to better reflect our commitment to this vision. For more than 10 years now, Health Forward has funded, what, until recently, was known as […]

A Case for Raising the Legal Sale Age on Tobacco Products

August 28, 2014

There are many milestones for a parent. Having your child turn 18 may be among the top. It’s an emotional time for a parent. I should know — my oldest daughter turned 18 this year and she is now a legal adult who can make her own decisions. She can vote. She can join the […]

5 Lessons for Communities and Funders: Making the Healthy Choice

December 18, 2013

Before we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013. On day eight of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Adriana Pecina reflects how funders […]

Reducing Health Disparities

December 20, 2012

It’s been a busy year for Health Forward and our grantees. Before we bid farewell to an eventful year, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects that helped make 2012 a productive year. On day nine of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Adriana Pecina takes a […]

HPV Initiative Invests in the Future

March 24, 2011

One of the things I love most about my job is seeing Health Forward’s positive impact in the community. Many of our grants fund projects where this impact is readily evident, but sometimes the effects take longer to see. In the case of Health Forward’s three-year HPV initiative, the real payoff will be in 20 […]

Connecting Communities through Healthy Lifestyles

January 11, 2011

Health Forward recently hosted the 2011 Healthy Lifestyles Pre-Proposal Conference, featuring speakers with expertise in food systems and built environment. Interest in healthy eating and living has grown substantially, and the event provided 130 community participants an excellent opportunity to convene and hear best practices, while learning about Health Forward’s 2011 Healthy Lifestyles Request for […]

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