Health Forward intern finds authenticity in philanthropy

Allie Utley

I grew up in Allen County, a community of 13,000 people spread out over 404 square miles, and a school system that fed well over half its students free or reduced school lunches. For most of my upbringing, poverty was just a fact of life, etched into generational lifestyles of families who have never been […]

Questions and answers about Health Forward’s 2022 grantmaking transition

Last week, we announced changes to our grantmaking process that will take place in 2022.  Our 2022 foundation defined grant funding process will change to provide sustaining support during this transition period, while our applicant defined grants will be awarded less frequently. You can read the full details here.  Understandably, you have reached out to […]

Amethyst Place’s camping trip reduces pandemic-induced isolation

Amethyst Place camping trip

Amethyst Place works with local women and children to achieve recovery, reunification, and resilience. They provide family-centered care that enables these families to overcome the interconnected cycles of poverty, trauma, and substance use. This care includes safe housing and basic needs; educational and vocational supports; recovery, wellness, and financial coaching; and therapy and care management. […]

A call for equity in breast cancer care

In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and embarked on a treatment journey that brought me to a significant milestone – I’m thankful today to be celebrating 10 years cancer free. This year an estimated 281,550 women in the United States (about 2,100 in Kansas and 4,600 in Missouri) will be diagnosed with breast […]

Voces de Medicaid: Tranquility is medication for the soul

Editor’s note: Voces de Medicaid is a community storytelling experience presented by El Centro. In January 2018, El Centro joined Community Catalyst in their Community Voices of Medicaid initiative, which focuses on informing and educating the community about Medicaid, while raising the voices of people impacted by the program. The following is an excerpt from […]

Teaming up for a strong start to school

This fall, the transition back to school is more important than ever. At United Way of Greater Kansas City, we are deeply invested in the success of our students. We have championed education initiatives for decades, from home visiting programs to out-of-school opportunities. And this summer, as research about the impact of unfinished learning started […]

Advocacy helps Y provide meals to children

Healthy foods, sliced fruits

Each year, Missouri’s 24 YMCA associations serve over 130,000 children through our various programs and services. Prior to the pandemic, our Ys annually served over 500,000 healthy meals and snacks to almost 14,000 children.  The past 18 months have brought an even greater need for healthy meals and snacks for Missouri’s kids. Missouri’s Ys responded […]

Good things grow when neighbors band together

Kids playing at Marlborough Park

Welcome to Marlborough. This vibrant community in the southeast section of Kansas City, Missouri, is home to about 10,000 people and covers five connected neighborhoods spread over two-and-a-half square miles. Today, Marlborough residents can meet at their community center, enjoy walking on more than two miles of consecutive sidewalks connecting three different greenspaces, and let […]

The Whole Person improves accessibility through home care

The Whole Person 2020

The Whole Person has been providing home modification in the Kansas City area for over five years. The population we serve are people with disabilities. Accessibility is a significant issue that people with physical limitations deal with every day of their lives.   It has been a very rewarding experience for all of our staff to […]

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 […]


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