Data – An increasingly powerful tool to inform health strategy

Early in my career I was tasked with collecting information about the characteristics of people lacking health insurance. As an eager graduate student intern, I worked diligently to gather, analyze, and share data on this vulnerable population. That research included visiting libraries, requesting and waiting days or weeks for journal articles (hard copies only!), and […]

Now open: Health Forward’s new management system

Editor’s note: As we encounter any technical issues with our new system, we’ll update this blog post to reflect the solution to that problem. Please check back for more information. We apologize for the inconvenience. It’s here. The moment we’ve been waiting for. Health Forward’s new grant management system is now available to begin your […]

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 […]

Why tax credits are important to nonprofits

The state of Kansas, and specifically the Kansas Department of Commerce, created an interesting program that assists nonprofits in achieving fundraising goals. Through their Community Service Program, state tax credits are annually awarded to nonprofits through a highly competitive application. Nonprofits can then pass these tax credits on to any donor who contributes $250 or […]

Submit your agency’s promising practice

Have you heard about the great health improvement efforts going on in Kansas City? KCHealthMatters.org is a website that features some of this outstanding work through its Promising Practices database. KCHealthMatters is a one-stop shop for data and resources to further understand and improve your community’s health, identify areas needing improvements and collaborate for positive […]

Where’s the health data?

Health Forward funds over 200 organizations each year ranging from grassroots organizations to large health systems and universities. Though different in size and scope, they are all working to improve health in their community. But how can we determine the areas that have improved and just as importantly, the areas of health that have yet […]

Helping nonprofit leaders be more effective in their missions

Support Kansas City was founded in 2000 with the express mission to support nonprofits by providing them with business and development services so that they could focus on their missions. Over the last 17 years, SKC has worked with over 300 nonprofits in the metro area. Through our education and community impact work, we’ve reached […]

Infographics Highlight Resources on Health Data Website

Two years ago, Health Forward was pleased to launch a new community website called KCHealthMatters.org. The goal of the website is to help strengthen and build healthier communities by providing a one-stop shop for data and resources related to the health of specific communities. By visiting the website, you can find health data, explore promising […]

Improving How Organizations Communicate Their Stories

We are in the people business. Whether it is the people we serve, or the ones that volunteer in our building or with our clients, or the donors that support the mission of this important work, in the end, it is about people. People also are the heart of a great story. And the story […]

Data Website Offers Reliable Figures for Grantees

Before we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013. On day four of our year in review, Health Forward Evaluation and Policy Officer Jane Mosley re-introduces […]


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