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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 […]

Advocacy, partnership, action spurring improvements in Marlborough Neighborhood

Driving on Troost, Paseo, or Prospect between Gregory and 89th Street, the neighborhoods might appear to be uninviting at first glance. These neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri, are collectively known as Marlborough, and there’s more to it than meets the eye.  While outsiders might see only piles of tires on vacant lots and sidewalks serving […]

Armour bike lanes: What are those bike boxes?

You may have spied something new in the green paint going down on Armour Boulevard in KCMO: a green box at some intersections, adjacent to the bike lanes and in front of automobile traffic and the crosswalks. These “queue boxes” or “two-stage left turn” boxes offer cyclists a safe way make left turns from a right-side […]

Now is the time to contact your elected official about the farm bill

Summer is the time to enjoy the bounty of the Midwest. Fresh Missouri peaches. Sweet Kansas corn. Juicy red tomatoes. But while we’re enjoying these fresh seasonal foods, it’s important to remember the policies that impact how and what we eat all year long. The farm bill, which governs food and agriculture policy in the […]

‘Pedaling’ the good news about active living

Editor’s note: This week is National Men’s Health Week. We encourage all of our readers to try a new activity that gets you up and moving. Also, set an appointment for an annual exam if you haven’t had one yet this year. We’ve published some great posts on men’s health topics in the past. (Check […]

Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety

FreeWheels 4 Kids is a bike safety program based in Kansas City, Kansas, under the umbrella of Central Avenue Betterment Association. We reach youth through our three core programs, Let’s Get Rolling, Earn-A-Bike, and Bike Clubs. Let’s Get Rolling is a program designed to teach safe riding skills for elementary school students by transforming their P.E. […]


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Health Forward's Local Health Buzz 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 Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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