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. […]

Children’s Mercy offers medical home for children discovering their gender identity

When Alex was three years old, he knew that he didn’t fit the body he’d been born with. Alex and his mother eloquently describe their journey with gender dysphoria and ultimately his gender transition in Season 3 of Inside Pediatrics.   My colleague Dr. Jill Jacobson and I founded the Gender Pathways Services Clinic (GPS) […]

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 […]

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 […]

New MO HealthNet policy enhances access to behavioral health services in school settings

Mental health behavioral health

Schools have a new opportunity to meet students’ behavioral health needs, thanks to the advocacy efforts of Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) School-Based Health Center Task Force and the continuing efforts of the emerging state affiliate of national School-Based Health Alliance: Show-Me School-Based Health (SMSBH). MSBA started convening school districts, community providers, and state agencies […]

Health Forward responds to family separation and detention border policies

Our focus at Health Forward has always been to advocate for the health of those in our community who are most in need. It was a promise we made at the inception of the organization in 2003. It is not only our obligation to do this, but our privilege. Over the years, we have supported […]

District sees students succeed through school-based health services

Eight years ago, we debuted the ACCESS program, a partnership between Pathways Community Health and Belton School District. The program started with much anticipation during the 2010-2011 school year and was implemented in all 10 schools in the district. All of the schools offer the same individual and family therapy support provided by the five […]

Scaling up school-based health services


Shannon Morris
Program Officer, Health Forward Foundation

All of us at Health Forward recognize that children who are well are more likely to succeed in school and life. That’s why we are proud to have provided nearly $7 million in grants for school-based health services, particularly mental health services (see here, here and here for examples). Read how school-based therapy is helping […]


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