Health Forward Celebrates Healthy Communities Leadership Academy Graduation

Date: July 2, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: 816-241-7006
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) recently held a graduation ceremony to recognize the completion of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy.

Health Forward’s Leadership Academy helps develop a critical mass of change agents, local expertise and field capacity to effect policy and community environment changes that result improved health choices for the underserved. It also helps develop sustained relationships for strategic alignment and to further health equity.

The participants in the Leadership Academy include:

  • Julie Alsup
  • Bridgette Casey
  • Shannon Criss
  • Kathryn Evans
  • Taryn Glidewell
  • Henry Hodes
  • Joshua Hoffman
  • Alissa Karnes
  • Damaris Kunkler
  • Roosevelt Lyons
  • Wesley McKain
  • Christy Merrick
  • Melissa Robinson
  • Sarah White

“We are committed to building community capacity to achieve our vision of healthy people in healthy communities and are so proud to be able to work with these individuals as we continue to work toward policy and system changes,” said Adriana Pecina, Health Forward Program Officer.

The year-long Leadership Academy helps participants deepen their knowledge, understanding, and practice in the following four competency areas:

  • Civic Leadership
  • Policy and System Change
  • Community Collaboration
  • Resource Leverage

​Health Forward is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Healthy Communities Leadership Academy.

“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.”