Children’s Mercy offers medical home for children discovering their gender identity

When Alex was three years old, he knew that he didn’t fit the body he’d been born with. Alex and his mother eloquently describe their journey with gender dysphoria and ultimately his gender transition in Season 3 of Inside Pediatrics.   My colleague Dr. Jill Jacobson and I founded the Gender Pathways Services Clinic (GPS) […]

A look at Health Forward advocacy in 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 […]

Center for Neighborhoods receives recognition from KCMO City Council

The Center for Neighborhoods at the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design was recognized by the Kansas City, Missouri City Council on Dec. 20, 2018. This recognition acknowledges the Center’s mission to equip, empower, and engage Kansas City’s neighborhood leaders with the tools they need to address the challenges and uplift the assets of their […]

Guadalupe Centers embraces progress, focuses on culture and community

Enriched in cultural heritage and a compassion to help families succeed, is the driving force behind the Guadalupe Centers’ sustained relationship with the community it serves. For more than 99 years the Guadalupe Centers have exhibited the hallmark of extraordinary skill to connect Latinx families with life-enriching educational, social, and life-skills support. Additionally, Guadalupe Centers […]

I am retiring as Health Forward’s President/CEO

This week, I announced to the Health Forward Board of Directors my retirement. This has been one of the toughest decisions of my life. For the past five years and four months, I have loved serving as president/CEO of this organization. I love my job. I love the mission. And I especially love my co-workers. […]

‘Tis the season to be grateful

Well, here it is, dear readers. The end of another busy year, with the biggest news being our new brand reveal. In the image above, you’ll see the roughly 170 grantees and community organizations that we partnered with to build communities of health in 2018. We thank each and every one for their dedication and […]

New associate connects with Health Forward mission

A meeting was held quite far from earth!It’s time again for another birth,Said the angels to the Lord above,This Special Child will need much love. So begins the poem, Heaven’s Very Special Child, by Edna Massimilla. My entire life has revolved in one way or another, around individuals with special needs. My older brother was […]

Mercy and Truth hosts first “Warm Up Wyandotte” event

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, a safety net clinic with locations in Wyandotte and Johnson County, Kansas, hosted an event the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 17, 2018 called Warm up Wyandotte. The event lasted under an hour and a half due to an overwhelming demand for the items that were offered for free. Thanks to […]

How to do data integration: The process from City of Kansas City, Health Department

Providers need all of the available data to best serve their clients. However, some client information is not available when it could be useful to a provider, even though the information has been collected and stored in an electronic system. In addition, similar data may be defined differently by different agencies and in different data […]

Health Forward Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact Health Forward Communications Officer Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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