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 […]

Study shows bikes are a lifeline for KC men experiencing homelessness

If you own a bike, what does it mean to you? For some of us, bikes represent a choice — a recreational choice, a fitness activity option, or a green transportation alternative.  Take a minute to imagine if your bike was your only form of transportation. It’s no longer a choice; it’s a necessity. What […]

Clinic event administers hundreds of free flu shots

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, along with the help from numerous community partners, hosted their third Annual Warm Up Wyandotte/Warm Up Shawnee community events. This year’s event was called:  BOO to the Flu because, you guessed it, the event was held on Halloween. Mercy and Truth, along with Advent Health Systems, United Healthcare and Blue Cross/Blue […]

Kansas City’s bike boom: Born in a pandemic, what happens next?

Like towns and cities all over the world, Kansas City is experiencing a “bike boom” as the novel coronavirus rages on. With people working from home, kids attending school online, and families fighting cabin fever, many are turning to bikes as a way to get outside, exercise, and experience their neighborhoods. Local bike retailers report […]

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 […]


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