Blog Posts By: Tania Hewett-Mader

January 2021 legislative update

February 11, 2021

Health Forward is launching a monthly legislative update that will follow the important issues moving through legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. As we build upon our advocacy, we will always aim to keep partners informed of our work and the issues we are engaged in. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with community partners […]

How federal COVID relief plan addresses public health needs

January 27, 2021

Welcome to the end of the first month of 2021, after what felt like the longest year in history. Without a doubt, COVID-19 relief and recovery remains one of Health Forward’s top priorities as vaccination efforts ramp up and the federal response to the pandemic continues to evolve with the Biden Administration taking office last […]

Affordable housing units important to health of community

October 27, 2020

Few events in history highlight as clearly as the pandemic that housing and health are inherently connected. Families struggle to make ends meet after job loss or reduction in pay due to the coronavirus.  At the onset of the pandemic, governments  requested that residents stay at home, schools moved to a virtual environment, and many […]

A mid-session recap for Kansas and Missouri legislatures

April 9, 2020

Every year around this time, we stop to reflect on what has transpired over the first half of the legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. The legislative spring break gives us a moment to assess where we are with the policy issues that Health Forward is closely monitoring. We use our policy agenda as a […]

Looking ahead: Health Forward policy and civic engagement in 2020

January 9, 2020

Happy New Year! While January is just like every other month, I can’t help but to enter each year with a sense of new beginnings. It feels particularly true this year, with the announcement of Qiana Thomason as our new president and CEO, and the approval of $1 million in Policy and Civic Engagement Grants […]

Health Forward creates fund focused on advocacy, policy

August 29, 2019

Health Forward is pleased to announce our first request for proposal focused exclusively on advocacy. Advocacy plays an important role in our pursuit to eliminate barriers to quality health for those most in need. This funding opportunity is meant to build upon our existing policy agenda and complement the work of our other grantmaking rounds. […]

Recap of the 2019 legislative session in Kansas and Missouri

June 6, 2019

Health Forward maintains a commitment to igniting communities of health for those most in need. One of the ways we do so is by using our voice to ensure that our elected leaders prioritize policy changes that support the health and well-being of our communities. Our policy agenda guides our work and keeps us on […]

Spring is here and so is our mid-session legislative recap

March 25, 2019

We are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel of a seemingly never-ending winter, and I, for one, could not be happier to feel the sunshine! The warming weather also means both the Kansas and Missouri legislatures have a limited amount of time left to get bills passed in 2019. Both legislatures are […]

A look at Health Forward advocacy in 2019

February 11, 2019

Last year brought shifts in the political landscape and along with them, opportunities to advocate for the issues we support and to defend against cuts to social service programs that benefit those most in need.  But 2019 presents fresh opportunities to influence the health policy decisions that have an impact on our bi-state region. (Review […]

Kansas City makes moves toward implementation of affordable housing plan

September 27, 2018

In November of last year, Kansas City embarked on a months-long process of evaluating the city’s most pressing housing needs through hosting a series of public meetings, conducting a citywide housing survey of residents, engaging city leaders, and hosting input sessions with a stakeholder group of local experts. The ultimate goal being the development of […]

Nonprofits can lobby

May 2, 2018

Public charities can lobby! There is a common misconception that 501(c)(3) public charities are prohibited from lobbying, and because of this myth, many nonprofit organizations are cautious when it comes to engaging in any advocacy work. On April 19th and 20th we hosted Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), to demystify the […]

Kansas City, here I come!

November 9, 2017

I have a distinct memory from a few years ago of a friend telling me, “Kansas City is unassuming. You will eventually fall in love with this place.” Fast forward a few years, I now live here and am beginning to scratch the surface of understanding people’s fierce loyalty to this city and love for […]

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