Health Forward Foundation celebrates important work, significant impact upon 15th anniversary

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation is pleased to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The occasion is a tribute to a decade and a half of collaboration with partners to elevate the overall health of the people in the communities Health Forward serves. 

Created in 2002 as part of the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) purchase of Health Midwest, Health Forward has demonstrated a lasting impact through effective leadership, advancing public policy and providing resources to those most in need.

Fifteen years ago, Health Forward Foundation – then named Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City – awarded its first grant, a $25,000 contribution to support the health levy ballot initiative in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Health Forward Board Chair Marshaun Butler. “Since then, we have partnered with more than 480 organizations and infused the region with over $300 million dollars in partnerships that improve health for all.”

Health Forward will mark its anniversary with a virtual celebration on September 30 from 10 – 11 a.m. CT via Facebook Live. Butler will kick off the celebration by reflecting on the last 15 years, sharing highlights of Health Forward and its partners’ positive impact in the community, and will introduce President/CEO Qiana Thomason. Thomason took on her leadership role in January and will give the keynote address, outlining her vision for Health Forward, and will also lead a live Q&A session.

“This is a critical moment in Health Forward’s history. The work we are doing to serve those most in need is important now more than ever as we face racial and pandemic crises,” said Thomason. “I look forward to members of our community joining us for this 15th anniversary celebration as we reflect on our past and discuss our priorities for our future. I am excited to recognize the work we have achieved during such a challenging year, as well as look ahead to how we will continue to move health forward for the next 15 years and beyond.”

The virtual anniversary event is open to the public. Guests may register on Health Forward’s Facebook page.