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 […]

The Whole Person improves accessibility through home care

The Whole Person 2020

The Whole Person has been providing home modification in the Kansas City area for over five years. The population we serve are people with disabilities. Accessibility is a significant issue that people with physical limitations deal with every day of their lives.   It has been a very rewarding experience for all of our staff to […]

What we’re watching: March 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 […]

Community health workers can reduce health disparities


Guadalupe Tredway
Community Health Worker, KU, Family Medicine Department


Tom Mirás Neira
Community Health Worker Supervisor, KC CARE

“Becoming a community health worker has been my dream job. I enjoy helping people to meet their goals to improve their lives, treating them with respect and empathy, and empowering them to do the things that are most difficult. Seeing my clients get ahead of a bad situation is an instant gratification for me.”—Guadalupe Tredway, […]

February 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 […]

Study shows bikes are a lifeline for KC men experiencing homelessness

If you own a bike, what does it mean to you? For some of us, bikes represent a choice — a recreational choice, a fitness activity option, or a green transportation alternative.  Take a minute to imagine if your bike was your only form of transportation. It’s no longer a choice; it’s a necessity. What […]

January 2021 legislative update

Health Forward is launching a monthly legislative update that will follow the important issues moving through legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri. As we build upon our advocacy, we will always aim to keep partners informed of our work and the issues we are engaged in. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with community partners […]


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