Date: September 10, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has announced 15 participants in its Healthy Communities Leadership Academy.
Health Forward developed the Leadership Academy to build field capacity and develop local expertise to effect changes in policy and community environments that result in making the healthy choice, the easy choice for the uninsured and underserved.
The participants in the Leadership Academy include:
Julie Alsup – YMCA of Greater KC
Bridgette Casey – Jackson County Health Department.
Shannon Criss – KU School of Architecture
Kathryn Evans – CCO
Taryn Glidewell – Harvesters
Henry Hodes – Upper Room, Inc.
Joshua Hoffman – Bike/Walk KC
Heidi Holliday – Rosedale Development Association
Alissa Karnes – Pathways
Damaris Kunkler – Thrive Allen County
Roosevelt Lyons – KC Parks & Recreation
Wesley McKain – Wyandotte Health Department
Christy Merrick – HCC of Rural Missouri
Melissa Robinson – Black Health Care Coalition
Sarah White – LISC
“Health Forward has a long history of funding activities related to healthy eating, active living and tobacco prevention,” said Adriana Pecina, Health Forward Program Officer. “Recently our funding has shifted to support equity-focused efforts that mobilize communities to change their policies, systems and environments to improve access to healthy eating, active living and prevent the use of tobacco. We are committed to building community capacity to achieve our vision of healthy people in healthy communities and welcome these individuals as we continue to work toward policy and system changes.”
The year-long Leadership Academy will help participants deepen their knowledge, understanding, and practice in the following four competency areas:
Policy and System Change
“Although the Focus of this Academy is on the individual, participants are expected to bring what they learn back to their organization and community,” said Brenda Calvin, Health Forward Program Officer. “Those selected have the full support of their organization and we look forward to seeing how their communities will reap the benefits of the wisdom gained through the academy.”