Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006
Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation is proud to award $946,827 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations. Each nonprofit is receiving a third year of funding as part of Health Forward’s first round of Policy and Civic Engagement Grants.
Funding supports advancing policies that expand health coverage and improve access to care; increase grassroots power and influence in the health policy arena; and increase political will for policies that improve health by investing in safe, affordable, and healthy housing.
“These organizations work every day to change the systems that have historically excluded people who experience economic insecurity, live in marginalized conditions, and find barriers to accessing high-quality health care,” said McClain Bryant Macklin, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. “Their work is essential in building communities that are more healthy, powerful, and inclusive.”
Earlier this year, Health Forward launched a new purpose plan and announced updated strategies. Now we are in the process of determining what our long-term support for policy and civic engagement work will look like. For that reason, we will not accept new applications for Policy and Civic Engagement Grants in 2022.
The following grants were awarded during a February board of directors meeting:
Health care access grants
|Kansas City Medical Society Foundation||$75,000||To develop internal education and advocacy capacity; create a network of active physician leaders; and conduct education and advocacy activities to increase health access for people in Kansas and Missouri.|
|Missouri Budget Project||$75,000||To provide policy analysis, outreach, and coalition-building aimed at securing policy priorities that protect and strengthen Medicaid coverage.|
|Missouri Coalition for Oral Health||$60,000||To increase engagement in oral health advocacy, build long-term capacity, and broaden the statewide network of stakeholders engaged in collectively improving Missouri oral health.|
|Missouri Primary Care Association||$75,000||To ensure the successful implementation of Missouri Medicaid expansion by working with legislators, various state departments, and other partners.|
|Missouri Family Health Council||$75,000||To build the capacity of provider organizations to advocate for policies that expand access and reduce structural barriers to health care, especially family planning.|
|Oral Health Kansas||$75,000||To build legislative champions and mobilize organizational allies for the passage of a comprehensive bill that will improve access to oral health care for all Kansans.|
Grassroots organizing grants
|BlaqOut||$43,320||To create a robust grassroots organizing and advocacy infrastructure that will influence health policy, issues, and decision-makers through the leadership and voices of black women.|
|Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – EITAS||$68,507||To address critical health issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Jackson Co. by developing a health equity collaborative and building capacity for grassroots organizing.|
|El Centro||$75,000||To expand integrated voter strategies to include building issue campaigns and developing leaders to assist in creating policies that increase health equity.|
|Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Action||$75,000||To support the development and implementation of integrated voter engagement plans for grassroots organizations engaged in achieving health care expansion.|
|MORE2||$75,000||To reach and mobilize leaders, with an emphasis on those personally impacted by not having access to health care coverage, by hiring a full-time community organizer.|
|The Voter Network||$75,000||To grow a culture of year-round civic engagement in Kansas through collaboration, training, and leadership development. Funding will support the expansion of the Voter to Voter effort in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.|
Housing policy grants
|Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom||$50,000||To establish an active base of tenants and community allies devoted to winning safe, affordable, and healthy housing by operating a legal help hotline for tenants seeking information about their rights.|
|United Community Services of Johnson County||$50,000||To support the design and implementation of housing policy proposals that prioritize safe, stable, and affordable housing for residents of Johnson Co.|