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Improving HIV quality of care through data integration

HIV+ individuals suffer from high levels of stigma. Unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice still exist for people living with HIV. Therefore, any data that is tied to HIV status must be kept in the highest of confidences. However, data sharing is an important aspect of providing quality care and wrap around services for individuals suffering from […]

BackSnack program curbs students’ hunger on weekends

Imagine coming home from school on a Friday afternoon. You look in the refrigerator and the cabinets and there’s nothing for an after-school snack or for dinner that night, or even food for the weekend. You know that you’ll be hungry. That’s the reality for 12.9 million children in the United States who live in […]

Announcing changes to Health Forward’s 2019 application deadlines

Changes to Health Forward 2019 grants schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning from our current grant management system to a new system that better fits our needs and delivers a more user-friendly and efficient experience for you, our applicants. To accommodate the move to a new grants management system, we are building in downtime in our funding […]

Community health centers good for a community’s economy as well as health

KC CARE Clinic's value to Kansas City's economy

You may not know it, but the health of the greater Kansas City area depends, in part, on our community health centers (CHCs), also sometimes referred to as federally-qualified health centers (or FQHCs). Health centers provide comprehensive health services, including primary care, behavioral health, dental services, chronic disease management, preventive care, and other services in […]

Advocacy, partnership, action spurring improvements in Marlborough Neighborhood

Driving on Troost, Paseo, or Prospect between Gregory and 89th Street, the neighborhoods might appear to be uninviting at first glance. These neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri, are collectively known as Marlborough, and there’s more to it than meets the eye.  While outsiders might see only piles of tires on vacant lots and sidewalks serving […]

The public health infrastructure in Missouri: An ongoing crisis

As a member of the board of directors of the largest voluntary public health organization in the state of Missouri and a concerned advocate for public health, I remain appalled at the continuing dissolution of the public health infrastructure in our state. In the past 15 years alone, the line item in the state budget […]

Survey provides comprehensive health data in Kansas, Missouri

Kansas and Missouri Consumer Health Access report

Communities often need richer detail on access to health care and coverage than federal surveys can offer. That is why the Health Forward Foundation, along with our partners the Kansas Health Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and United Methodist Healthy Ministry Fund, co-funded the Kansas and Missouri Consumer Health Access Survey (KMHS). […]

Introducing new way to access Health Forward applicant defined grant documents

We know applying for grants takes time and resources from each of our applicants. We respect that time and effort, so we’re continually seeking ways to reduce the burden of this process on our applicants. Today we’re launching an effort to hopefully reduce the confusion of grant documents. Previously, applicants used individual links on the […]

KCK public housing units now smoke-free

Do you ever look at your next project and just wonder, “how the heck are we going to get that done?!” Well in the summer of 2017, I started working with the KCK Housing Authority (KCKHA) on the long road to creating a smoke-free environment in their 2050 public housing units. Public housing provides a […]

Armour bike lanes: What are those bike boxes?

You may have spied something new in the green paint going down on Armour Boulevard in KCMO: a green box at some intersections, adjacent to the bike lanes and in front of automobile traffic and the crosswalks. These “queue boxes” or “two-stage left turn” boxes offer cyclists a safe way make left turns from a right-side […]

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Health Forward's Local Health Buzz 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 Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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