Cradle KC supporting, advocating for Black maternal health

Cradle Kansas City is a collective impact initiative created to address infant mortality in the Kansas City region. This collective gathers partners who work in the family support sector, including maternal child health organizations, medical systems, education, housing, and transportation services. These organizations and individuals work to uplift the voice of the community and provide […]

‘It’s our time’: Black Maternal Health Week is a chance to heal health injustices

It was a startling dichotomy when I realized as a desperately ill patient, that I was complicit, by affiliation, in a supposed health care system that didn’t always see me, didn’t always believe me, and thus, isn’t reliably for me.  I was 38 weeks pregnant with my second daughter and in excruciating pain. The kind […]

What we’re watching: March 2022 legislative update in Kansas, Missouri

Health Forward is supporting and building inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities by prioritizing people who experience the greatest injustices in health outcomes. We are working to remove those injustices through our leadership, advocacy, and resources.  Our current Kansas and Missouri policy agendas outline the unique challenges that each state faces and seeks to address state-centric […]

How could our communities be more healthy, powerful, and inclusive?

Earlier this year, Health Forward Foundation announced a new plan to move the needle on health equity over the next 10 years. Our purpose statement is: Every day we work to support and build inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities characterized by racial equity and economically just systems.  The change we seek in our outdated systems […]

Amethyst Place’s camping trip reduces pandemic-induced isolation

Amethyst Place camping trip

Amethyst Place works with local women and children to achieve recovery, reunification, and resilience. They provide family-centered care that enables these families to overcome the interconnected cycles of poverty, trauma, and substance use. This care includes safe housing and basic needs; educational and vocational supports; recovery, wellness, and financial coaching; and therapy and care management. […]

Fixing the digital divide in Kansas City is important to public health

The digital divide is considered a “super determinant of health” because of its impact on a person’s ability to access critical resources like education, economic mobility, workforce opportunities, and health care. Despite all the hardships that COVID-19 has brought us, the pandemic has a silver lining – the digital divide is now getting the long […]

Count Yourself Lucky

Since March 31 I have been writing a blog and must admit that it is fun to express a point of view on community issues and then receive feedback from people you know and from folks you have never met. I thank all of you for reading and responding, either in writing or the other […]

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