Your Story: Sheffield Place responds to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has cast a dark shadow of uncertainty around the world and on the doorstep of Sheffield Place over the past few months.  The mothers worry about their health, the health of their children, their ability to stay clean and sober amidst the anxiety, and their ability to earn a living. The staff […]

Your Story: Healing House responds to COVID-19

The coronavirus epidemic has caused many businesses, churches, and even treatment programs to shut down or reduce their services.  However, at Healing House, we are accepting new residents and providing them the support they need to continue on the road to recovery. In the process, we’ve had to almost completely change the way we do business. By implementing a number […]

‘Getting settled’: how a KC organization helped a homeless man find a home

At Kim Wilson Housing (KWH), we have three guiding principles:  Housing is the foundation for good health.  Housing vulnerable people requires diverse, community-based collaborations and support services.  Housing is cost-effective. Homelessness is not.  Last fall, as the holidays approached, each of these principles came into play when a woman called to see if we could […]

MOCSA publishes treatment guide based on groundbreaking work


Rene McCreary
Director of Counseling, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Every so often, a wealth of expertise finds its culmination in a body of work. With the help of Health Forward Foundation, MOCSA is proud to report that, in early 2019, Rene McCreary, MOCSA’s Director of Counseling, did precisely this. After years of dedicated work, Rene has completed a handbook for mental health providers titled […]

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 […]


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