Blog Posts By: Brenda Calvin

Health Forward’s current status on equity journey

October 26, 2020

Health Forward Foundation has long advocated that to create health in our communities, we must look upstream to the social factors that are impeding health, and how these barriers show up inequitably. The only way to achieve better health for all people is to strive for more just and equitable communities, beginning with race equity. […]

Health Forward’s Brenda Calvin celebrates 10 years, takes inspiration from community

June 16, 2020

I’m not sure if it is good or bad that I was surprised by the call for a blog to reflect on my 10 years at Health Forward, or that I had to be reminded of my actual anniversary date. It is ironic that 10 years has gone by so quickly while 2020 has felt […]

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 […]

Double Up supporter

October 20, 2016

This interview was conducted by Fair Food Network and republished here with permission. You can read and download a pdf of this interview on their website. Born and raised in greater Kansas City, Brenda Calvin, program officer at Health Forward Foundation, is personally and professionally rewarded by her work improving community health. The foundation’s support of […]

Leadership Is in Your Heart

December 10, 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 three of our Year In Review series, Health Forward Program Officer Brenda […]

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 […]

Tobacco Is Still Deadly, and We Are Still Fighting for a Tobacco-Free Future

January 28, 2014

It’s been 50 years since we first learned that tobacco smoke is deadly. Since the release of the groundbreaking, 1964 Surgeon General’s report, we have further evidence that links smoking to diseases of nearly all organs of the body. In light of this significant health anniversary, a new report, The Health Consequences of Smoking – […]

High Hopes for Leadership Academy to Influence Healthy Communities

December 13, 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 five of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Brenda Calvin dives into the […]

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again!

December 13, 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 four of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Brenda Calvin asks: why […]

Cass County on the Move

May 17, 2011

One unique aspect about Health Forward’s service area is the diversity of communities we serve. We work with rural areas such as Allen County, Kansas; the suburbs of Johnson County; and urban communities such as Kansas City, Missouri. Some of the communities we serve overlap these designations. Take Cass County, Missouri for instance – its […]

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