KC Common Good: youth employment programs critical to reducing violence


Adam McClun
Community Engagement Manager, KC Common Good

Black and brown communities in cities across the United States face challenges limiting upward mobility — Kansas City is no different. Excluded from prosperity, faced with higher rates of poverty, and lower life expectancies, these communities have fallen victim to cycles of violence. However, the power of hope shared by our community members led them […]

New research project to explore digital equity’s effect on health of refugee, immigrant communities

It has been said that nothing is permanent except change. Consider the past 18 months. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as COVID-19, prompted global change, resulting in an exceptional era of transition and disruption. We collectively stepped into an environment characterized by uncertainty, and we are still adjusting to the nature and extent […]

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 […]

A call for equity in breast cancer care

In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and embarked on a treatment journey that brought me to a significant milestone – I’m thankful today to be celebrating 10 years cancer free. This year an estimated 281,550 women in the United States (about 2,100 in Kansas and 4,600 in Missouri) will be diagnosed with breast […]

Pages with Partners: The Whole Person

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. Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights ActivistBy Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner Judith […]

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 […]

Uneven opportunity: Safe and available employment during a pandemic

Even as businesses and workplaces cautiously re-open, Health Forward is acutely aware that among low-income individuals and people of color, employment opportunities, working conditions, and benefits vary dramatically.  Addressing these disparities is essential, as is advocating for policies that advance economic inclusion and health equity. Unemployment disparities We all know that too many people are […]

Emerging data show COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color

An abundance of national historical data reminds us that in public health, when America catches a cold, people of color catch pneumonia. As coronavirus (COVID-19) rips through our communities, it exposes social injustice and divisions that determine whether people have necessary resources to be healthy.  As such, we are paying acute attention to nascent local […]

Data – An increasingly powerful tool to inform health strategy

Early in my career I was tasked with collecting information about the characteristics of people lacking health insurance. As an eager graduate student intern, I worked diligently to gather, analyze, and share data on this vulnerable population. That research included visiting libraries, requesting and waiting days or weeks for journal articles (hard copies only!), and […]


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