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 for 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 […]

How federal COVID relief plan addresses public health needs

Welcome to the end of the first month of 2021, after what felt like the longest year in history. Without a doubt, COVID-19 relief and recovery remains one of Health Forward’s top priorities as vaccination efforts ramp up and the federal response to the pandemic continues to evolve with the Biden Administration taking office last […]

Health Forward adopts two-year policy agenda

During the December board meeting, Health Forward Foundation adopted policy priorities for 2021 and 2022. We regard our policy and advocacy work as a necessary complement to our grantmaking.  Absent systems change through policies that support thriving communities, we will be unable to maximize the impacts of our grantmaking.  Our advocacy work and that of […]

Affordable housing units important to health of community


Tania Hewett-Mader
Policy Associate, Health Forward Foundation

Few events in history highlight as clearly as the pandemic that housing and health are inherently connected. Families struggle to make ends meet after job loss or reduction in pay due to the coronavirus.  At the onset of the pandemic, governments  requested that residents stay at home, schools moved to a virtual environment, and many […]

New Health Forward director called to policy work from early age

I was taught at an early age that I owe a debt to my community. Both of my parents made a living by improving the lives of others. I have always been driven by a desire to make them, my community, and my ancestors proud. And it is that desire that calls me to policy work. […]


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