12 steps to bolster advocacy efforts

Advocacy efforts have been underway for several years now in Missouri and Kansas to expand coverage of Medicaid. Through my work at safety net clinic Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, I see individuals every week that are not covered under the plan, and they struggle to cover the cost of a co-pay to see a […]

Spring is here and so is our mid-session legislative recap

We are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel of a seemingly never-ending winter, and I, for one, could not be happier to feel the sunshine! The warming weather also means both the Kansas and Missouri legislatures have a limited amount of time left to get bills passed in 2019. Both legislatures are […]

A look at Health Forward advocacy in 2019

Last year brought shifts in the political landscape and along with them, opportunities to advocate for the issues we support and to defend against cuts to social service programs that benefit those most in need.  But 2019 presents fresh opportunities to influence the health policy decisions that have an impact on our bi-state region. (Review […]

Kansas City makes moves toward implementation of affordable housing plan

In November of last year, Kansas City embarked on a months-long process of evaluating the city’s most pressing housing needs through hosting a series of public meetings, conducting a citywide housing survey of residents, engaging city leaders, and hosting input sessions with a stakeholder group of local experts. The ultimate goal being the development of […]

The public health infrastructure in Missouri: An ongoing crisis

As a member of the board of directors of the largest voluntary public health organization in the state of Missouri and a concerned advocate for public health, I remain appalled at the continuing dissolution of the public health infrastructure in our state. In the past 15 years alone, the line item in the state budget […]

Survey provides comprehensive health data in Kansas, Missouri

Kansas and Missouri Consumer Health Access report

Communities often need richer detail on access to health care and coverage than federal surveys can offer. That is why the Health Forward Foundation, along with our partners the Kansas Health Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and United Methodist Healthy Ministry Fund, co-funded the Kansas and Missouri Consumer Health Access Survey (KMHS). […]

KCK public housing units now smoke-free

Do you ever look at your next project and just wonder, “how the heck are we going to get that done?!” Well in the summer of 2017, I started working with the KCK Housing Authority (KCKHA) on the long road to creating a smoke-free environment in their 2050 public housing units. Public housing provides a […]

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 […]

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 […]

The good, the bad and the almost: A review of the 2018 legislative sessions in Missouri and Kansas

Health Forward focuses on igniting a culture of health by advocating for health and wellness and working to ensure that the health of those most in need is prioritized by our elected leaders. Health Forward’s policy agenda helps guide the ways that Health Forward uses its own voice in support of policy change, but it’s […]


Health Forward 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 Officer Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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