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 […]

Cancer deaths evident along socioeconomic lines

At Gilda’s Club Kansas City, we were pleased to learn last month that the American Cancer Society® reported that deaths from cancer have steadily declined over the last 25 years. According to Facts & Figures, 2019, “As of 2016, the cancer death rate for men and women combined had fallen 27 percent from its peak […]

‘Getting settled’: how a KC organization helped a homeless man find a home

At Kim Wilson Housing (KWH), we have three guiding principles:  Housing is the foundation for good health.  Housing vulnerable people requires diverse, community-based collaborations and support services.  Housing is cost-effective. Homelessness is not.  Last fall, as the holidays approached, each of these principles came into play when a woman called to see if we could […]

Helping with the financial toxicity of cancer

“I have been blessed to have great health care through my employer! I don’t know what I would have done without my great insurance! I would probably not be here,” says Caesar. “In almost nine years of treatment, my medical bills have been around $6 million, while I have paid $9,000 out of pocket! I […]

Managing the anxiety of cancer

There’s no getting around it: cancer touches everyone. The American Cancer Society® reports that, today, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will receive a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime.   Hearing those three scary words, “You have cancer,” certainly increases stress and creates anxiety. Research has shown, though, that reducing anxiety […]

Comprehensive approach targets asthma in Kansas City

Combating an elusive, often-overlooked killer that preys on the youngest and most vulnerable among Kansas City’s African-American community is the objective behind Asthma Empowerment-Kansas City, a far-reaching program supported by Health Forward Foundation. The three-year-old initiative uses evidence-based strategies to fight the chronic respiratory disease on multiple fronts: In public schools with training, screenings and […]

KCATA proposes pilot program to address transportation barriers

In 2018, Health Forward Foundation was approached by Kansas City Area Transit Authority (KCATA) to assist in convening health and social service nonprofit organizations to discuss transportation.  As a result, KCATA hosted two roundtable discussions at Health Forward’s office. In attendance were representatives from KCATA, as well as several past and present Health Forward Foundation […]

Synergy Services strengthens community through comprehensive care

This comprehensive care model is complex, but the mission is not. Synergy Services, a local nonprofit, opened its Homeless Youth Campus including its Youth Resiliency Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2010 with the goal of providing a lifeline to families and individuals in crisis. Synergy envisions a world without family violence, abuse and neglect. […]


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