After 5 years, Health Forward’s vision still resonates with director of accounting

Five years ago, I joined Health Forward and CFO Rick Zimmer’s finance team as a part-time accountant. At the time I was really looking for a more senior, full-time position, however I felt so strongly about the mission and energy of Health Forward that I decided to take a chance. I immediately enjoyed the spirit […]

New Health Forward director to grow understanding, strategies around health equity

As I reflect on the teams of people and communities I’ve collaborated with and the impact I’ve been able to influence over the years, it is the work of Health Forward Foundation that has inspired me to consider the legacy that I want to leave for those whom I love and love me. Engaging in […]

What we’re watching: April 2021 legislative update

This monthly legislative update follows important issues moving through legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with partners that share similar interests. Contact us if there are opportunities to work together to strengthen our collective advocacy voice. If you are interested in occasional policy and civic engagement updates delivered directly […]

Pages with Partners: The Whole Person

Pages with Partners

Join us for our newest blog series Pages with Partners, where Health Forward staff select a book to discuss with a community partner. If you have a book recommendation, fill out the form at the end of this post. Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights ActivistBy Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner Judith […]

‘The pandemic served as the best teacher’

As with many milestones that occurred over the past year, my one-year anniversary at Health Forward Foundation came and went in the fog of the pandemic. I assumed the role of president and CEO in late January 2020. In my first blog post, I wrote that I would spend six months listening, learning, and getting […]

Listening to our community

“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.” ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg Throughout our 15-year history, Health Forward has always offered opportunities designed to invite community input and to listen openly to the perspectives of those we seek to call our partners. With that commitment and tradition in mind, last summer we invited a […]

A look back on 2020

2020 was a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic, glaring health injustices for people of color, the economic downturn, racial unrest, and political polarization have all challenged our health, mental health, and livelihood. Though Health Forward associates spent most of the year working from home, we still had a full year. In addition to […]

Forward Focus podcast paints picture of health equity

Welcome, listeners, to our newest adventure, the Forward Focus podcast. Before we get to the episode, a brief explainer: We’re starting this podcast to add to the ways we engage with our partners and the communities we serve. We have used our blog to amplify your work in the communities, but text cannot always match […]

Zooming into the holidays

We are rapidly approaching the end of what has seemed like a 600-day year. We are ready to turn the page on 2020 and approach the coming year with hope. But before we bid farewell to 2020, we are pausing to thank the many grantees, partners, and community organizations that displayed ingenuity, creative problem solving, […]


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