Health Forward Awards $337,954 in Applicant Defined Grants

Date: May 11, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: 816-241-7006
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded seven nonprofit organizations a total of $337,954 in Applicant Defined Grants.

The following grants were awarded in April 2015:

Agency Amount Awarded Project Description
The Children’s Place $35,800 To support updated software installation that will assist staff in effectively and efficiently treating young survivors of abuse, neglect and trauma.
Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. $46,750 To support the recruitment of a psychiatrist who will provide medication evaluations and medication management.
Duchesne Clinic $37,260 To create a sustainable care model that enables more and better care for the people of Wyandotte County.
Health Partnership of Johnson County $65,000 To expand women’s health services for low income and uninsured women in Johnson County.
Kansas Action for Children, Inc. $75,000 To increase access to dental care through efforts to establish a mid-level provider, increase access to health care by supporting Medicaid expansion, increase access to healthy food and beverages for children, shape policy changes around child care assistance and protect funding and/or programs that benefit vulnerable Kansas children and their families.
Missouri Health Care For All $55,000 To support statewide leadership on grassroots health advocacy, statewide grassroots organizing and statewide consumer story collection to increase and protect access to health care for all Missourians.
Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City Central $23,144 To provide counseling for low-income, underserved seniors and disabled individuals regarding Medicare enrollment and applying for assistance paying Medicare premium and prescription drug costs.
Health Forward Applicant Defined Grants (ADG) are awarded outside of the Foundation’s annual Requests for Proposals. ADGs are reviewed and awarded monthly and allow organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to the Health Forward mission. Organizations are allowed to apply for an ADG once per year and are capped at $75,000. In 2015, Health Forward will award a total of $4.1 million in ADGs.

“We are proud to support the work these organizations are doing to remove barriers to health care for the most vulnerable populations in our service area,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.