New research project to explore digital equity’s effect on health of refugee, immigrant communities

It has been said that nothing is permanent except change. Consider the past 18 months. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as COVID-19, prompted global change, resulting in an exceptional era of transition and disruption. We collectively stepped into an environment characterized by uncertainty, and we are still adjusting to the nature and extent […]

Amethyst Place’s camping trip reduces pandemic-induced isolation

Amethyst Place camping trip

Amethyst Place works with local women and children to achieve recovery, reunification, and resilience. They provide family-centered care that enables these families to overcome the interconnected cycles of poverty, trauma, and substance use. This care includes safe housing and basic needs; educational and vocational supports; recovery, wellness, and financial coaching; and therapy and care management. […]

Teaming up for a strong start to school

This fall, the transition back to school is more important than ever. At United Way of Greater Kansas City, we are deeply invested in the success of our students. We have championed education initiatives for decades, from home visiting programs to out-of-school opportunities. And this summer, as research about the impact of unfinished learning started […]

Coping with COVID-19: Be kind to your mind

My friend’s 93- year-old grandmother was diagnosed with COVID; my 50- something-year-old co-worker contracted COVID; and my 25-year-old cousin had COVID.  Coming up on the year anniversary of the stay-at-home orders, by now, we all probably know someone who has been diagnosed with COVID. Perhaps some of us know someone who has passed away due […]

How federal COVID relief plan addresses public health needs

Welcome to the end of the first month of 2021, after what felt like the longest year in history. Without a doubt, COVID-19 relief and recovery remains one of Health Forward’s top priorities as vaccination efforts ramp up and the federal response to the pandemic continues to evolve with the Biden Administration taking office last […]

Our Story: How Health Forward responded to COVID-19


Richard Zimmer, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer, Health Forward Foundation

Back in May 2020, we asked our grantees and community partners to share with us how the pandemic impacted services and everyday operations.  You responded magnificently. We heard how the pandemic produced some previously unimagined hurdles, but in a display of resiliency, you shared how you adjusted operations quickly to continue safely serving our communities. […]

Providing access to health care during a public health crisis

As a humanitarian organization located in Lenexa, Kansas, Heart to Heart International (HHI) focuses on providing crisis relief and improving access to health. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the two issues converged, and HHI responded to the public health crisis by providing improved access to medical supplies, testing, equipment, medicines, and more. In fact, HHI […]

‘Let’s face it: we need each other’

The pandemic has brought  greater focus on the inequities that exist in our communities.  It appears that the inequities are only getting worse. Many have lost their jobs and are facing mounting bills and crucial concerns about housing, food, and basic necessities.   The more fortunate and privileged are now working from home but may still […]

Your Story: Trauma-informed care important during pandemic

Early childhood education centers are among the hardest hit services during this current pandemic. Some have closed temporarily, and some have closed permanently. All of the centers have had to make major changes in their operations as they follow recommended guidelines for child care programs.   There have also been major decreases in the number of […]


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