Health Forward awards $4.45 million in Safety Net Grants

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

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation is proud to award $4.45 million in grants to 28 nonprofit organizations through our 2018 Safety Net funding.

The funded programs address improved access to physical health care and oral health care for those most in need.

“We are proud to partner with organizations that ensure vulnerable populations have access to quality health and oral health services. A strong safety net system supports better health outcomes, better care, and contained costs through improved quality,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.

Health Forward received a total of 52 proposals totaling $11 million in requests.

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

Agency Award Grant Description
Artists Helping the Homeless $90,000 To improve access to quality medical care and reduce associated costs for Kansas City’s homeless by increasing capacity to implement, maintain, and expand innovative initiatives
Black Health Care Coalition $50,000 To sustain health care enrollment, navigation, and care coordination for Jackson and Wyandotte county residents through support of core operations.
Caritas Clinics (Duchesne Clinic) $146,758 To ensure access to care for underserved patients in Wyandotte County, Kansas, through support of core clinical services and patient resource navigation.
Cass Community Health Foundation $159,000 To provide oral health services to Medicaid, uninsured, and low-income children in Cass County, Missouri, through support of full-time and part-time dentist positions.
Children’s Mercy Hospital $75,000 To provide intensive home visiting support for pregnant and postpartum women affected by substance abuse in order to foster optimal child health outcomes and healthy low-income families in Kansas City, Missouri.
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas $120,000 To provide medical, dental, and behavioral health services to uninsured and underserved residents in Allen County, Kansas.
El Centro $161,777 To increase access to quality health care services and coverage that are affordable for the Latinx population of Greater Kansas City.
Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri $100,000 To improve health access and outcomes for low-income families in rural Missouri with mental health, substance use, and opioid use disorders.
Health Partnership Clinic $150,000 To provide health care services to Johnson County’s underserved residents.
Jewish Family Services $75,603 To assist underserved, low-income older adults in accessing health and social services through support of a care manager.
KC CARE Health Center $350,000 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.
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund $105,000 To provide health care case management to uninsured and underserved migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Lafayette County, Missouri.
Miles of Smiles $146,589 To provide free, in-school access to comprehensive oral health care for more than 3,000 low-income children living in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mission of Hope Clinic $22,729 To increase capacity to provide general medical care, women’s health care, and restorative dental care for uninsured, vulnerable populations of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Missouri Health Care For All $143,605 To engage residents of the greater Kansas City region in advocating for a strong health care safety net for those in need by hiring a grassroots organizer.
Mother’s Refuge $76,814 To support healthy pregnancies and births by providing individualized health advocacy, education, and transportation to homeless young mothers who are pregnant or parenting.
ReDiscover $325,247 To achieve improved health, reduced cost, and improved patient care through co-located medical and behavioral health care staffing and corresponding treatment.
reStart $77,000 To provide care coordination and advocacy for policy changes to improve access to, and quality of, affordable health care services for Kansas City’s homeless population.
Riverview Health Services $150,000 To build capacity for equity in access to prescription medications, medical supplies, and health education for people who are uninsured, underinsured, homeless, or vulnerable.
Rose Brooks Center $90,000 To provide critical health care services, a long-term medical home, and navigation for low-income domestic violence victims as they leave the shelter.
SAFEHOME $90,000 To improve health access, literacy, and better management of chronic conditions for domestic violence survivors by hiring a health navigator and expanding health clinic hours.
Saint Luke’s Foundation $250,000 To support an ongoing, care coordination program between safety net clinics, hospital systems, and community-based organizations led by Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Saint Luke’s Foundation $149,878 To support the Purple Fund, a program that closes gaps in post-acute services for the uninsured, underinsured, and those not covered by Medicaid.
Seton Center $200,000 To improve patient experience through improved technology, provision of preventive oral care, oral cancer screenings, and additional dental team positions.
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City $215,000 To provide health care and supportive services for vulnerable populations through support of core operations.
Swope Health Services $200,000 To increase capacity to provide affordable, integrated oral health care to low-income Kansas City area residents.
Synergy Services $130,000 To provide integrated wrap around health care for homeless, runaway, underserved, and at-risk children.
Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation $350,000 To support operating and salary costs for five primary care clinic locations, which annually serve as the medical home for more than 33,000 patients.
Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics $250,000 To increase access, improve quality, and contain costs for approximately 12,600 unique patients receiving primary medical, behavioral health, and dental services.

The Safety Net Grants are the final round of foundation defined grants awarded by Health Forward in 2018. For more information on applying for foundation defined grants, visit

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