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, […]

Health Forward anniversary twins Bradford Hart, Shannon Morris celebrate 5 years


Shannon Morris
Senior Program Officer, Health Forward Foundation

Editor’s note: Senior program officers Bradford Hart and Shannon Morris celebrated their five-year anniversaries with Health Forward on the same day in late November. To commemorate their anniversary, they discussed their time at Health Forward. Their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Bradford Hart: Can you believe it has already been five […]

Health Forward’s current status on equity journey

Health Forward Foundation has long advocated that to create health in our communities, we must look upstream to the social factors that are impeding health, and how these barriers show up inequitably. The only way to achieve better health for all people is to strive for more just and equitable communities, beginning with race equity. […]

Frequently asked questions (and answers!) about Health Forward’s refined focus

Editor’s note: On Sept. 30, Health Forward hosted a virtual celebration for our 15th anniversary. During the event, president/CEO Qiana Thomason inspired us with the announcement of Health Forward’s focus on racial and health equity. Below are some frequently asked questions that came from audience members during and after the event. You can also watch […]


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