We get by with a little help from our friends

Rubiselda was late. Twenty-two minutes late.   I was nervous. The local news station with camera crew and news anchor were waiting for Rubiselda Velazquez, a patient of Mercy and Truth Medical Missions. They had just finished their interview with the executive director of Pharmacy of Grace, the first freestanding nonprofit pharmacy in the Kansas City […]

Love Your Neighbor celebration ends with a governor and a KC Chief 

The pandemic has been especially challenging for patients of Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, a safety net clinic with two locations; one in Kansas City, Kansas and one in Shawnee Kansas. During a staff devotion time, an idea popped into my head about truly embracing the concept of “loving your neighbor”.  In February 2022, that […]

Questions and answers about Health Forward’s 2022 grantmaking transition

Last week, we announced changes to our grantmaking process that will take place in 2022.  Our 2022 foundation defined grant funding process will change to provide sustaining support during this transition period, while our applicant defined grants will be awarded less frequently. You can read the full details here.  Understandably, you have reached out to […]

Pages with Partners: Mercy and Truth Medical Missions

Pages with Partners

Join us for our newest blog series Pages with Partners, where Health Forward staff select a book to discuss with a community partner. If you have a book recommendation, fill out the form at the end of this post. Maid: Hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to surviveBy Stephanie Land In Stephanie Land’s […]

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, […]

KC Life 360: Changing lives daily through employment, housing, health care

Most new diagnoses of HIV are among people who struggle with low employment opportunities and housing insecurity. For those living with HIV, finding employment and housing can be a challenge. Employers may discriminate against people who are HIV positive. People living with HIV may also feel stigmatized and not want to work in an environment […]

Clinic event administers hundreds of free flu shots

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions, along with the help from numerous community partners, hosted their third Annual Warm Up Wyandotte/Warm Up Shawnee community events. This year’s event was called:  BOO to the Flu because, you guessed it, the event was held on Halloween. Mercy and Truth, along with Advent Health Systems, United Healthcare and Blue Cross/Blue […]

Your Story: Care Beyond the Boulevard responds to COVID-19

Care Beyond the Boulevard (CBB) has been providing mobile medical clinic services to individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets in the Kansas City metro for over four years.​ With a mission of compassionate health care for all, CBB’s B​ig Green Bus​ mobile clinic and volunteer corps of practitioners and volunteers are out seeing patients four […]

Missourians don’t despair, they stand and fight back

Earlier this month, we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day and the as-yet-unrealized vision of the Founders to secure, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Of course, not all of us have enjoyed these allegedly inalienable rights. COVID-19 has shone a bright light on the health care disparities that have plagued our state since long […]


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