Blog Posts By: McClain Bryant Macklin

What we’re watching: February 2022 legislative update in Kansas, Missouri

March 3, 2022


Health Forward Foundation is supporting and building inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities by prioritizing people who experience the greatest injustices in health outcomes. We are working to remove those injustices through our leadership, advocacy, and resources.  Our current Kansas and Missouri policy agendas outline the unique challenges each state faces and seeks to address state-centric […]

New survey shows statewide bipartisan support for KanCare expansion

March 3, 2022


Equitable access to high-quality health care is a mainstay of Health Forward’s policy agenda. Improved access to quality health care helps people paid lower wages live healthier and more economically secure lives. We know that our communities are strongest when people receive the care they need without facing unexpected financial burden. More than four in […]

What we’re watching: January 2022 legislative update in Kansas, Missouri

February 3, 2022


Health Forward Foundation is supporting and building inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities by prioritizing people who experience the greatest injustices in health outcomes. We are working to remove those injustices through our leadership, advocacy, and resources.  Our current Kansas and Missouri policy agendas outline the unique challenges each state faces and seeks to address state-centric […]

Fixing the digital divide in Kansas City is important to public health

November 2, 2020


The digital divide is considered a “super determinant of health” because of its impact on a person’s ability to access critical resources like education, economic mobility, workforce opportunities, and health care. Despite all the hardships that COVID-19 has brought us, the pandemic has a silver lining – the digital divide is now getting the long […]

Missouri voters passed Medicaid expansion. What happens next?

August 20, 2020


At the beginning of August, Missouri voters sent a clear message: it’s time to provide Missourians the health care we all need and for Missouri’s tax dollars come back home to benefit the state and its residents.  The passage of Medicaid expansion on August 4 was a huge success for the uninsured and underserved, and […]

New Health Forward director called to policy work from early age

July 23, 2020


I was taught at an early age that I owe a debt to my community. Both of my parents made a living by improving the lives of others. I have always been driven by a desire to make them, my community, and my ancestors proud. And it is that desire that calls me to policy work. […]


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