Blog Posts By: Jennifer Sykes

Celebrating Jennifer Sykes’ 15-year anniversary

Jennifer and her dog Larry working at home

December 9, 2021


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 […]

Schedule your health screenings

May 17, 2018


For going on 20 years, I’ve worked as a communicator in the health industry. I’ve written countless letters to the editor, newsletter articles, blogs, social media posts on whatever national […]

New alliance advances KanCare expansion discussions

December 7, 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 third post, Jennifer Sykes highlights the creation and […]

A look back at 2015: Telling a good story

January 1, 2016


Everyone loves a good story. The best part of my job as as the Communications Officer at the Health Forward Foundation is being able to share the stories of our community […]

HATCH: Helping You Tell Stories with Purpose

January 12, 2015


Happy New Year! If you were like me over the holiday break, you spent time catching up. Reading papers, magazines, watching news stories, visiting with friends and families. Telling and […]

Filling the Void in Health Reporting

December 16, 2014


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 […]

Heartland Health Monitor: Transforming Health News in Kansas City

December 11, 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 […]

Why Was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Such a Success?

August 28, 2014


There’s probably a good chance that at some point over the past month you’ve poured a bucket of ice water on your head … and not because of the scorching […]

Together We Can Improve Community Health

October 24, 2013


Every other year The Community Advisory Committee, the supported organization of Health Forward, hosts a Health Forum to hear from community health directors and other health leaders about health issues […]

The Decision

December 10, 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 […]

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Poison Go Down

August 24, 2012


Thanks to tobacco control efforts, over the past decade consumption of cigarettes are down, however sales of other harmful tobacco products have increased. There are currently three major cigar products […]

The State of Tobacco Control

August 23, 2012


“Yesterday is history. Today is a mystery. Tomorrow is a gift. That is why they call it a present.” At the opening plenary of last week’s National Conference on Tobacco […]

How Social Media Has Changed Communications and Why Non Profits Should Jump on Board

September 1, 2011


Think of a recent major event. How did you find out about the tornado in Joplin, MO? I was driving home and saw a status update on Facebook from a […]

How Fear Has Conquered Facts in the Debate About Water Fluoridation

March 10, 2011


I grew up in a small town in Southeast Kansas without fluoridated water. I do not need statistics to tell me the benefits of fluoridated water. Despite being the model […]


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