Health Forward awards $4.5 million in safety net grants

Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) is proud to award $4.5 million in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations through our 2017 safety net funding.

Projects address improved access to physical health care and oral health care.

“We are proud to partner with organizations focusing on those most in need. When vulnerable populations have access to affordable, high-quality health care, their health outcomes improve. Supporting a strong safety net health care system ensures better health, better care, and contained costs through improved quality,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., president/CEO of Health Forward.

Health Forward received a total of 42 proposals totaling nearly $9 million in requests.

The following grants were awarded during the December board of directors meeting:

Agency Amount Description
Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation $240,000 To help Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet provide short-term, crisis-related assistance in the form of medicine and durable medical equipment to low-income individuals experiencing an urgent medical issue.
Cass Community Health Foundation $180,000 To provide oral health services to Medicaid and uninsured low-income children at two clinic locations in Cass County, Missouri.
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas $250,000 To support the provision of medical, dental, and behavioral health services to uninsured and underserved residents in Allen County, Kansas.
Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County — EITAS $85,482 To train dental professionals on providing quality and accessible dental services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
El Centro $142,642 To provide increased access to affordable health care services and coverage for El Centro’s service population through its Health Navigation program
Health Partnership of Johnson County $150,000 To support staff salaries for the provision of health care services to Johnson County’s underserved residents.
Jewish Family Services $132,372 To assist underserved, low-income older adults in accessing health and social services through case management and care coordination.
Jewish Vocational Service $105,000 To support access to quality health care for refugees newly resettled in Kansas City.
Kansas City CARE Clinic $365,000 To support the primary care and oral health programs, that improve access to integrated, patient-centered medical and dental care for underserved adults and children.
Kansas University Endowment Association $93,108 To provide quality health care through the JayDoc Free Clinic to the underserved populations of greater Kansas City, while creating opportunities for University of Kansas students to enhance their education in serving low-income clients.
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund $88,972 To provide health care case management to underserved and uninsured migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Lafayette County, Missouri.
Miles of Smiles $114,150 To provide free, in-school access to comprehensive oral health care for 2,400 low-income children living in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mother’s Refuge $71,210 To provide individualized health access, advocacy, education, and transportation to pregnant women, young mothers, and babies with no safe place to live.
Riverview Health Services $152,754 To support patient access and diabetes education for the uninsured.
Rose Brooks Center $99,810 To support low-income domestic violence victims through the SafeCARE Health Integration System, which provides critical health care services and long-term navigation to a medical home as they leave shelter.
Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation $270,000 To support an ongoing, care coordination program between safety net clinics, hospital systems, and community-based organizations led by Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center $200,000 To ensure ongoing quality and customer service for patients through the purchase of new technology, the funding of a consultant, the hiring of additional staff, and capacity building.
Seton Center Family & Health Services $225,000 To improve the patient care experience with the use of oral cameras, the Caesy Education System, and additional dental team positions.
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City
$300,000 To provide health care and supportive services to uninsured and low-income populations in the Kansas City area.
Swope Health Services $160,000 To provide oral health services and care coordination to low-income residents, including homeless individuals.
Synergy Services $125,000 To support key staff at the Homeless Youth Campus on-site health clinic and a portion of medical and dental partner contracts.
The Children’s Mercy Hospital $137,000 To support the Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse (TIES) program, which provides intensive, home-based services to families and pregnant and postpartum women affected by substance abuse.
The Children’s Mercy Hospital $163,000 To expand the number of Kansas City metro organizations able to perform asthma home assessments and environmental interventions to help families living in poor housing conditions improve their child’s asthma health and management.
Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation $238,000 To support operating and salary costs for five Primary Care Clinic locations, which annually serve as the medical home for more than 28,000 patients.
Turner House Clinic $400,000 To improve health outcomes, build meaningful partnerships, and increase patient-centered integration of care including primary, behavioral, and oral health services.

The safety net grants are the final round of foundation defined grants (FDG) awarded by Health Forward in 2017. For more information on applying for Health Forward foundation-defined grants, visit

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006