Synergy Services strengthens community through comprehensive care

This comprehensive care model is complex, but the mission is not. Synergy Services, a local nonprofit, opened its Homeless Youth Campus including its Youth Resiliency Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2010 with the goal of providing a lifeline to families and individuals in crisis. Synergy envisions a world without family violence, abuse and neglect. […]

Allen County moves up 46 places in Kansas county health ranking

The 2019 County Health Rankings have been released, and Allen County moved up from #84 to #38, a dramatic leap of 46 places! Since Thrive Allen County’s inception, we have been working relentlessly to improve our community’s health, and we’ve made significant strides: Allen County built a new critical-access hospital.Thrive has helped recruit new doctors, […]

One City Cafe: community kitchen with a restaurant feel

Every Monday through Friday night for over 40 years, people in need have been coming to Bishop Sullivan Center’s community kitchen at 39th and Troost for a hot meal. The kitchen was small, its dining rooms were crowded. On average, about 250 meals were served each weeknight. That’s a lot of meals to serve in […]

Center for Neighborhoods receives recognition from KCMO City Council

The Center for Neighborhoods at the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design was recognized by the Kansas City, Missouri City Council on Dec. 20, 2018. This recognition acknowledges the Center’s mission to equip, empower, and engage Kansas City’s neighborhood leaders with the tools they need to address the challenges and uplift the assets of their […]

Guadalupe Centers embraces progress, focuses on culture and community

Enriched in cultural heritage and a compassion to help families succeed, is the driving force behind the Guadalupe Centers’ sustained relationship with the community it serves. For more than 99 years the Guadalupe Centers have exhibited the hallmark of extraordinary skill to connect Latinx families with life-enriching educational, social, and life-skills support. Additionally, Guadalupe Centers […]

Health Care Foundation is now Health Forward Foundation

Most of you know us as Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. But we also answer to the Kansas City Health Care Foundation, the Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation, and sometimes even the health department. It can be confusing, we know. It was hard on our partners when they sometimes struggled to introduce […]

Group harvests cornucopia of fruits and vegetables for area at-risk populations

Healthy Communities: volunteers glean produce for After the Harvest

Fresh fruit and vegetables — and the health benefits that go with them — unfortunately remain out of reach for many with insufficient means. But thanks to a powerhouse Kansas City area program, a growing abundance of fresh produce is making its way to local families who need it most. After the Harvest, a nonprofit […]

Central Avenue: The road to Renaissance in KCK

CABA participants of La Placita

“Come and examine for yourself a peculiar city, which is rapidly growing,” reads a century-old invitation from Kansas City, Kansas. “This state of Kansas will have what belongs to her — a great city.” KCK has seen its ups and downs since then. Today, the “Great City” is on an upward swing, thanks in part […]

BackSnack program curbs students’ hunger on weekends

Imagine coming home from school on a Friday afternoon. You look in the refrigerator and the cabinets and there’s nothing for an after-school snack or for dinner that night, or even food for the weekend. You know that you’ll be hungry. That’s the reality for 12.9 million children in the United States who live in […]

Announcing changes to Health Forward’s 2019 application deadlines

Changes to Health Forward 2019 grants schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning from our current grant management system to a new system that better fits our needs and delivers a more user-friendly and efficient experience for you, our applicants. To accommodate the move to a new grants management system, we are building in downtime in our funding […]


Health Forward Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact Health Forward Communications Officer Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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