New policy ensures KC tenants facing eviction have lawyers

It is 2016 and Kenya Banks is standing in front of Division 27 at the Jackson County Courthouse. She doesn’t have an attorney; she doesn’t have a plan. She only knows that her landlord is suing her for eviction and she is hoping the court will exercise some mercy. Kenya, a lifelong fast-food worker, fell […]

What we’re watching: April 2022 legislative update in Kansas, Missouri

Health Forward is supporting and building inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities by prioritizing people who experience the greatest injustices in health outcomes. We are working to remove those injustices through our leadership, advocacy, and resources.  Our current Kansas and Missouri policy agendas outline the unique challenges that each state faces and seeks to address state-centric […]

New survey shows statewide bipartisan support for KanCare expansion

Equitable access to high-quality health care is a mainstay of Health Forward’s policy agenda. Improved access to quality health care helps people paid lower wages live healthier and more economically secure lives. We know that our communities are strongest when people receive the care they need without facing unexpected financial burden. More than four in […]

What we’re watching: January 2022 legislative update in Kansas, Missouri

Health Forward Foundation is supporting and building inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities by prioritizing people who experience the greatest injustices in health outcomes. We are working to remove those injustices through our leadership, advocacy, and resources.  Our current Kansas and Missouri policy agendas outline the unique challenges each state faces and seeks to address state-centric […]

A major win for patients: new surprise billing protections

On New Year’s Day, new consumer protections against surprise medical billing went into effect, essentially ending one of the most egregious practices in our country’s health care system. While you may have missed this news among all the fireworks and resolutions, it was the result of years of work in Congress and across the country […]

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 […]

Voces de Medicaid: Tranquility is medication for the soul

Editor’s note: Voces de Medicaid is a community storytelling experience presented by El Centro. In January 2018, El Centro joined Community Catalyst in their Community Voices of Medicaid initiative, which focuses on informing and educating the community about Medicaid, while raising the voices of people impacted by the program. The following is an excerpt from […]

Advocacy helps Y provide meals to children

Healthy foods, sliced fruits

Each year, Missouri’s 24 YMCA associations serve over 130,000 children through our various programs and services. Prior to the pandemic, our Ys annually served over 500,000 healthy meals and snacks to almost 14,000 children.  The past 18 months have brought an even greater need for healthy meals and snacks for Missouri’s kids. Missouri’s Ys responded […]

Recapping the Missouri and Kansas 2021 Legislative sessions


Cole Riley
Policy Intern, Health Forward Foundation

This monthly legislative update recaps the 2021 legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with partners that share similar interests. Contact us if there are opportunities to work together to strengthen our collective advocacy voice. Kansas Even in the midst of a pandemic, Kansas had a productive, albeit somewhat controversial, […]

What we’re watching: April 2021 legislative update

This monthly legislative update follows important issues moving through legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with partners that share similar interests. Contact us if there are opportunities to work together to strengthen our collective advocacy voice. If you are interested in occasional policy and civic engagement updates delivered directly […]


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