Your Story: Center for Developmentally Disabled responds to COVID-19

Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD) provides housing and life-skill supports, day programming, and community integration services to 180 adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City metro area. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the people we work with in several ways. Gone are the community outings, social gatherings, and visits from family and friends. […]

Your Story: Sheffield Place responds to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has cast a dark shadow of uncertainty around the world and on the doorstep of Sheffield Place over the past few months.  The mothers worry about their health, the health of their children, their ability to stay clean and sober amidst the anxiety, and their ability to earn a living. The staff […]

‘Getting settled’: how a KC organization helped a homeless man find a home

At Kim Wilson Housing (KWH), we have three guiding principles:  Housing is the foundation for good health.  Housing vulnerable people requires diverse, community-based collaborations and support services.  Housing is cost-effective. Homelessness is not.  Last fall, as the holidays approached, each of these principles came into play when a woman called to see if we could […]

MOCSA publishes treatment guide based on groundbreaking work


Rene McCreary
Director of Counseling, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Every so often, a wealth of expertise finds its culmination in a body of work. With the help of Health Forward Foundation, MOCSA is proud to report that, in early 2019, Rene McCreary, MOCSA’s Director of Counseling, did precisely this. After years of dedicated work, Rene has completed a handbook for mental health providers titled […]

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) […]

New MO HealthNet policy enhances access to behavioral health services in school settings

Mental health behavioral health

Schools have a new opportunity to meet students’ behavioral health needs, thanks to the advocacy efforts of Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) School-Based Health Center Task Force and the continuing efforts of the emerging state affiliate of national School-Based Health Alliance: Show-Me School-Based Health (SMSBH). MSBA started convening school districts, community providers, and state agencies […]

Health Forward responds to family separation and detention border policies

Our focus at Health Forward has always been to advocate for the health of those in our community who are most in need. It was a promise we made at the inception of the organization in 2003. It is not only our obligation to do this, but our privilege. Over the years, we have supported […]

District sees students succeed through school-based health services

Eight years ago, we debuted the ACCESS program, a partnership between Pathways Community Health and Belton School District. The program started with much anticipation during the 2010-2011 school year and was implemented in all 10 schools in the district. All of the schools offer the same individual and family therapy support provided by the five […]

Scaling up school-based health services


Shannon Morris
Program Officer, Health Forward Foundation

All of us at Health Forward recognize that children who are well are more likely to succeed in school and life. That’s why we are proud to have provided nearly $7 million in grants for school-based health services, particularly mental health services (see here, here and here for examples). Read how school-based therapy is helping […]

Supporting mental health and wellness on Donnelly campus

Juggling multiple jobs and family responsibilities, struggling with housing or food insecurity, worrying that you or your family members might be deported and dealing with trauma, grief and loss—all of these are everyday realities for Donnelly College students. Imagine facing stressors like these while trying to navigate all the other “firsts” of college. Then imagine […]


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