Pages with Partners: Mercy and Truth Medical Missions

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. Maid: Hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to surviveBy Stephanie Land In Stephanie Land’s […]

Student finds affirmation of career path through internship with Health Forward

Editor’s note: Cole Riley interned with Health Forward’s policy team this summer. He is a senior at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He is majoring in political science with plans to attend law school after graduation. Cole is a member of the 2019 Cohort of the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute and the political […]

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 […]


Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006