Recap of the 2018 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 […]

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 […]

Why is everyone talking about Census 2020 now?

What comes to mind when you hear about the Census? Filling out forms? Census workers knocking on doors? Long statistical reports? While those descriptors might be true, they don’t tell the whole story. The Census is a powerful tool that directly influences how political and economic resources are distributed. It affects all of us — […]

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 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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