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. […]

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 […]

Mercy and Truth hosts first “Warm Up Wyandotte” event

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, a safety net clinic with locations in Wyandotte and Johnson County, Kansas, hosted an event the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 17, 2018 called Warm up Wyandotte. The event lasted under an hour and a half due to an overwhelming demand for the items that were offered for free. Thanks to […]

Health Care Foundation is now Health Forward Foundation

Most of you know us as Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. But we also answer to the Kansas City Health Care Foundation, the Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation, and sometimes even the health department. It can be confusing, we know. It was hard on our partners when they sometimes struggled to introduce […]

Shopping for insurance? Trained assisters ready to help navigate 2019 marketplace


Molly Moffett
Co-Chair, CoverKC Coalition, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Whether you need new health insurance or have no coverage — now is the time to educate yourself and take action. Consumers shopping for 2019 marketplace plans only have six weeks to enroll through HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment runs Nov. 1 – Dec. 15. CoverKC assisters offer free, unbiased help. Despite several changes to the Affordable […]

Improving HIV quality of care through data integration

HIV+ individuals suffer from high levels of stigma. Unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice still exist for people living with HIV. Therefore, any data that is tied to HIV status must be kept in the highest of confidences. However, data sharing is an important aspect of providing quality care and wrap around services for individuals suffering from […]

Announcing changes to Health Forward’s 2019 application deadlines

Changes to Health Forward 2019 grants schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning from our current grant management system to a new system that better fits our needs and delivers a more user-friendly and efficient experience for you, our applicants. To accommodate the move to a new grants management system, we are building in downtime in our funding […]

Community health centers good for a community’s economy as well as health

KC CARE Clinic's value to Kansas City's economy

You may not know it, but the health of the greater Kansas City area depends, in part, on our community health centers (CHCs), also sometimes referred to as federally-qualified health centers (or FQHCs). Health centers provide comprehensive health services, including primary care, behavioral health, dental services, chronic disease management, preventive care, and other services in […]


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