Board Application

Health Forward is seeking candidates for nine board positions for terms beginning in December 2019.

In selecting directors for the Health Forward Board of Directors, special consideration is given to ensure that the candidate pool meets the qualifications outlined below.

The process for electing directors was established by the Missouri Attorney General when Health Forward was created in 2003. The process requires time and steps that go beyond those that are usually involved in recruiting candidates for board seats. However, it ensures that leadership emerges from qualified candidates who are diverse in gender, race and ethnicity, culture, service area geography, and expertise. Candidates who have experience or sincere interest in working with the underserved in the field of health are encouraged to apply. We embrace a broad definition of health that includes traditional definitions of health of individuals as well as the health of the communities we serve.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is in charge of this significant task. The CAC is a 24-member group that is appointed by various elected officials throughout the Health Forward service area. The CAC Nominating Committee is charged with soliciting applications, interviewing and vetting applicants, and recommending a slate of nominees — at least two for each open slot — first to the full CAC for approval and then to the Health Forward Board of Directors for interviews and selection. The CAC is required to approve the final selection of candidates approved by the board.

Health Forward directors serve without pay for a three-year term. Directors can be re-elected for a second, three-year term. In any year’s slate, there will be candidates who are eligible for re-election.

Conflict of Interest
Health Forward has a strong commitment to integrity and open meetings. All who join the organization as associates or board members are asked to declare any conflicts that would compromise the ability to be objective in decision-making. While we welcome members of the community who have ties to our grant work, there will be restrictions on those board members’ ability to vote on or discuss any items that would constitute a conflict of interest. No board member can benefit financially from any grant or contract work of Health Forward Foundation. Additionally, board members cannot be public officials. See Qualifications section below for more details.

All board members are required annually to complete and submit an attestation and statement of personal interests, which is outlined in the conflict of interest policy.

Meetings and Attendance
Board meetings are held every other month starting in February 2020 at Health Forward Foundation at 2300 Main Street, Suite 304, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108. It is customary for board members to spend at least 2-4 hours each month attending board or committee meetings.

In addition, board members also spend time reading material in preparation for board and committee meetings. All directors serve on one or more committees, many of which meet six times per year either in person, or by telephone conference call. Board members are invited to serve on two committees (time commitment for each committee varies) and attend the six board meetings per year. Members are expected to maintain at least 60 percent meeting attendance for both the board and committee appointments.

Number of Candidates
This year, the Community Advisory Committee expects to submit a slate consisting of 15 to 18 candidates to fill the nine board openings. At its December 2019 meeting, the board will elect new board members from those nominated.

Timeline and Process
The CAC Nominating Committee begins the search process to identify candidates in July. Applicants are asked to complete an application and submit a current resume by Aug. 31, 2019. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview on Oct. 1 or Oct. 2. Finalists must also be available for a brief, in-person interview on Dec. 11.

During September and October, the committee will review applications and select applicants for face-to-face interviews that will take place Oct. 1 – 2. Interviews with applicants will be audio or video recorded and made available to current Health Forward board members as an aid to their selection process. Please note that the recorded interviews are for internal decision-making purposes only and are only kept for one year. Health Forward adheres to Missouri Open Meetings Law, which requires that Health Forward, when requested, will also provide public access to the written and recorded materials.

The committee will identify a slate of nominees following the first round of interviews in October. Candidates who are not nominated will be notified of their status after the full CAC meeting in November. Current board members will then review the nominees’ written responses to the interview questions along with the recorded interview. Nominees will be briefly interviewed a second time by the board at its meeting on Dec. 11, and the directors will cast their votes that same day.

Election results will be communicated to nominated candidates within 48 hours of the final vote and ratification by the CAC. New directors will participate in orientation prior to their first board and committee meetings.

Reference of Meeting Frequency

  • Board of Directors, fourth Wednesday of even months from 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Administration and Logistics Committee, quarterly
  • Audit Committee, twice per year in May and July
  • Executive Committee, second Tuesday of odd months
  • Finance and Investment Committee, quarterly
  • Program/Grants Committee, second Tuesday of odd months
  • Governance Committee, twice per year in April and September


  • Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the Kansas City, Missouri, and/or the following three counties in Missouri (Cass, Jackson or Lafayette) or a Kansas resident, taxpayer, property owner, or business owner.
  • Must have knowledge, expertise, education, or experience in one or more of the following: public health, health care delivery to the uninsured or underinsured, health advocacy, community/neighborhood development, asset management and investment strategy, philanthropic administration, marketing/public relations, law, social science research, or nonprofit management.
  • Must contribute perspective in one or more of the following areas: uninsured and underinsured consumers of health care services; access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured; health promotion and education in underserved communities; health care quality and outcome improvement; health care needs of women, children, the elderly, disabled, low income, ethnic, and cultural minorities; or general issues of public health.
  • Must have demonstrated core leadership attributes.
  • Must have a recognized reputation for integrity and competence.
  • Must have demonstrated an ability to devote the time necessary to fulfill board responsibilities and regularly attend meetings.
  • Must have demonstrated an ability to understand and appreciate the role and responsibility of a public health care philanthropic foundation and the need to balance various constituency interests.
  • Must have demonstrated a personal interest in, and concern for, the public health and welfare of those most in need throughout Health Forward’s six-county service area, and a commitment to accomplishing the overall mission, purposes, and goals.
  • Public officials are not eligible to serve as directors. For purposes of this exclusion, ‘public official’ means any elected or appointed officer or employee (other than those who serve without compensation) of any city, county, state or federal government or has governmental policy-making authority. Any director who chooses to run for election to public office must resign as a board member upon filing documents declaring his or her candidacy.

Qualified candidates are asked to complete the online application below. Applicants must also submit a PDF document of their most current résumé (no more than 5 pages). You may upload your résumé at the end of the application using the “Choose file” button.

All materials must be submitted on or before Aug. 31, 2019.

For questions or concerns, please contact Karol Shadle at or (816) 241-7006.

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006