Program officer Donna Bushur finds gratitude in five years with Health Forward

Last week I celebrated my fifth year as a program officer with Health Forward Foundation, and my 25th year working full time in the social service area.  Though my professional background is filled with a variety of positions from direct service to management, none have been more important to me than my current role. I […]

Meet Qiana Thomason, new Health Forward president/CEO

I am filled with great humility, purpose, and elation to begin this next chapter as president/CEO of Health Forward Foundation. I can’t imagine a finer organization to lead. Because of my own experience as a former uninsured patient and then later an administrator within the Kansas City safety-net system, I am embracing this leadership opportunity […]

Looking ahead: Health Forward policy and civic engagement in 2020

Happy New Year! While January is just like every other month, I can’t help but to enter each year with a sense of new beginnings. It feels particularly true this year, with the announcement of Qiana Thomason as our new president and CEO, and the approval of $1 million in Policy and Civic Engagement Grants […]

A look back at 2019

Health Forward's 2019 grantmaking

As we all file back to work in the new decade, we pause to celebrate a time-honored tradition here at Health Forward by recapping highlights from the previous year. Here’s how we spent some of 2019: Honoring Bridget McCandless’ service to Health Forward Foundation Dr. Bridget McCandless announced her retirement as Health Forward President/CEO in […]

Bridget McCandless: ‘My final week at Health Forward’

This week is my last as president/CEO of Health Forward Foundation.  While my commitment to the mission of Health Forward will continue to be a guiding force in my life, this marks the formal end of what has been a 15-year relationship with this foundation, first as an inaugural board member, then a grantee, and […]

Committee announces search firm for Health Forward president/CEO

In January, Health Forward Foundation President/CEO Dr. Bridget McCandless announced her retirement. Shortly after, I was asked to lead a search committee to begin the process of identifying our next leader. Anyone who has been involved in a search committee before knows this is no small task. But there is no more important responsibility we […]

Grants administrator celebrates 5 years at Health Forward

WOW! Five years with Health Forward. It came fast. I remember the first big project I was tasked with: taking registrations and attending the Community Conversation forum, which took place in October 2014. This event brought together a diverse group of people into one room to discuss barriers to health and how the community can […]


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