Addressing hunger and health during a pandemic

Hunger is a solvable, social determinant of health. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted various factors that drive deep health disparities in our communities. There is a renewed urgency to face these factors directly and address hunger as a health issue in a meaningful way.  The 4th Annual Hunger-Free Healthcare Summit will engage in this important […]

Art for KC Voices collection shares the real story of food insecurity

In 2019, five local artists were commissioned to create works reflecting on racial and economic inequities associated with nutrition assistance programs and how food policy shapes access to healthy food. In this video featuring the entire Art for KC Voices collection, spoken word artist Glenn North shares one of his contributions: The House of Seven […]

Emerging data show COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color

An abundance of national historical data reminds us that in public health, when America catches a cold, people of color catch pneumonia. As coronavirus (COVID-19) rips through our communities, it exposes social injustice and divisions that determine whether people have necessary resources to be healthy.  As such, we are paying acute attention to nascent local […]

If you’re home already, why not complete the census now?

Today is a day that comes only once every 10 years: Census Day, when we count everyone living in the United States. It’s quite an extraordinary undertaking. Of course the coronavirus pandemic has most of us thinking about other things. Public health precautions and economic turbulence are necessarily top of mind at this time of […]

Big Idea: It’s time to change the way we talk about poverty

“Whatever happened to the idea…that we all do better when we all do better?”                                                              — Former Senator Paul Wellstone I live in the poorest town in the poorest county in […]

Managing the anxiety of cancer

There’s no getting around it: cancer touches everyone. The American Cancer Society® reports that, today, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will receive a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime.   Hearing those three scary words, “You have cancer,” certainly increases stress and creates anxiety. Research has shown, though, that reducing anxiety […]

Summit explores topics critical to building partnerships

One in eight individuals in our community are impacted by food insecurity or the lack of affordable fresh food.  Hunger Free Healthcare KC — a coalition of nonprofits, government organizations, and hospitals — hosted the third annual Hunger-Free Healthcare Summit, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Kaufman Foundation Center. The summit was sponsored by Children’s Mercy, […]

Lawyers in your corner: Stressed KC communities fight back with ‘Adopt-A-Neighborhood’ legal teams

team views restoration efforts

Health Forward is proud to be a supporting partner in this effort of building healthy communities. This article was originally published Aug. 26, 2019 on LINC’s website. Republished with permission. Private attorney Anna Berman doesn’t do first entries into abandoned houses anymore. “I don’t need to go in there,” she said as she swapped horror […]

Transportation barriers impact health care access

Walking, biking, driving … it can be easy to take for granted how we get around. I was reminded of that a few weeks ago, when a broken right foot led to doctor’s orders for me to limit walking and to stop driving for six weeks. Fortunately I’ve received help getting where I need to […]

If you build it, will they come? Lessons in creating a multi-sector collaboration

Casual observers of the health and human services landscape may be surprised whenever they learn about a new program, service, or a new organization that seems to spring whole-cloth and overnight from “nothing” into “something.” In reality, the origins of the most successful “somethings” begin with long awareness of a specific and compelling community need […]


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