A complete census is important for racial equity

“The census was designed as a tool to ensure adequate representation, resources, and voting power for citizens, any attempt to use it instead as a means of suppressing the vote, should be and must be viewed as an insidious threat to our overall democracy.” ~ Leon W. Russell, chairman, NAACP Friends, by now you have […]

Emerging data show COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color

An abundance of national historical data reminds us that in public health, when America catches a cold, people of color catch pneumonia. As coronavirus (COVID-19) rips through our communities, it exposes social injustice and divisions that determine whether people have necessary resources to be healthy.  As such, we are paying acute attention to nascent local […]

If you’re home already, why not complete the census now?

Today is a day that comes only once every 10 years: Census Day, when we count everyone living in the United States. It’s quite an extraordinary undertaking. Of course the coronavirus pandemic has most of us thinking about other things. Public health precautions and economic turbulence are necessarily top of mind at this time of […]

During public health crises, equity should be central to solutions

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, we are witnessing its tremendous impact internationally, nationally, and locally. Prohibitions on travel from certain countries, state of emergency proclamations by state and local governments, universities moving to online courses, and major entertainment and sporting events are shutting its doors to the public. With […]

¡Yo Cuento! (I Count!): Take part in 2020 Census

Completing the 2020 Census is our chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars we send to Washington DC make their way back to our communities. The results will determine political power, representation in Congress, and funding for important programs like WIC, Head Start, SNAP, school lunch programs, Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), and Medicaid, as […]

Looking ahead: Health Forward policy and civic engagement in 2020

Happy New Year! While January is just like every other month, I can’t help but to enter each year with a sense of new beginnings. It feels particularly true this year, with the announcement of Qiana Thomason as our new president and CEO, and the approval of $1 million in Policy and Civic Engagement Grants […]

Campaign asks Missouri voters to put Medicaid expansion on ballot

Available. Accessible. Affordable. Health Forward Foundation has been working toward these goals for health care services in our two states since our founding in 2003. While we realize health entails far more than just access to care, having quality health care still matters.  I arrived at Health Forward six years ago this week. It was a […]

Health Forward creates fund focused on advocacy, policy

Health Forward is pleased to announce our first request for proposal focused exclusively on advocacy. Advocacy plays an important role in our pursuit to eliminate barriers to quality health for those most in need. This funding opportunity is meant to build upon our existing policy agenda and complement the work of our other grantmaking rounds. […]

Recap of the 2019 legislative session in Kansas and Missouri

Health Forward maintains a commitment to igniting communities of health for those most in need. One of the ways we do so is by using our voice to ensure that our elected leaders prioritize policy changes that support the health and well-being of our communities. Our policy agenda guides our work and keeps us on […]


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