Blog Posts By: Qiana Thomason

Health Forward reimagines the future

October 1, 2020


Editor’s note: The following is Qiana Thomason’s full keynote address of Health Forward’s virtual, 15-year anniversary celebration. You may also watch her address. Good morning! Welcome to Health Forward Foundation’s 15th anniversary virtual celebration. We are so pleased you’re sharing your morning with us as we reflect on our past and set our priorities for […]

Emerging data show COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color

April 23, 2020


An abundance of national historical data reminds us that in public health, when America catches a cold, people of color catch pneumonia. As coronavirus (COVID-19) rips through our communities, it exposes social injustice and divisions that determine whether people have necessary resources to be healthy.  As such, we are paying acute attention to nascent local […]

During public health crises, equity should be central to solutions

March 13, 2020


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, we are witnessing its tremendous impact internationally, nationally, and locally. Prohibitions on travel from certain countries, state of emergency proclamations by state and local governments, universities moving to online courses, and major entertainment and sporting events are shutting its doors to the public. With […]

Meet Qiana Thomason, new Health Forward president/CEO

January 24, 2020


I am filled with great humility, purpose, and elation to begin this next chapter as president/CEO of Health Forward Foundation. I can’t imagine a finer organization to lead. Because of my own experience as a former uninsured patient and then later an administrator within the Kansas City safety-net system, I am embracing this leadership opportunity […]


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