Our approach to fostering healthy people is to center equity in all aspects of our community health ecosystem and to support innovative ideas that make it more inclusive.

Equitable systems support
community health

Access to fair and equitable health care often depends on a patient’s social or economic experience. At Health Forward, we address barriers built into our health care system that prevent people from living their healthiest lives.

We focus on supporting whole-person care — the physical, behavioral, oral health, and social services required to achieve better health outcomes for all. We advocate for policies that improve health. And we ensure the people entering the health care workforce look like, and understand the culture of, the people they are serving.


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Accordion Content
  • Improved organizational effectiveness and capacity to deliver whole-person care
  • Increased availability of, and access to, whole-person care
  • Improved workforce understanding and capacity to address clinical and community trauma; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging best practices; and competency and capability in antiracist practice
  • Strengthened and connected communities of care
Accordion Content
  • Improved understanding and use of clinical, community trauma, and antiracist practices
  • Increased use of race, ethnicity, and language data in quality improvement (e.g. screening and prevention)
  • Improved team-based and integrated care to reduce health disparities
  • Increased funding for incentives to attract and retain a diverse talent pool
  • Increased diversity of talent in the whole-person care spectrum
Accordion Content
  • Increased Medicaid enrollment
  • Increased funding for public health system transformation
  • Increased race, ethnicity, and language competency and use in quality improvement
  • Improved team-based and integrated care

Our intended impact

The impact we seek will not happen overnight. We know change is possible if we come together as a community and strategically focus our efforts to move toward systems that benefit all of us.

High-quality, equitable community health ecosystem

Strong community organizations and voices

Equitable and just places that foster health and economic advancement

Meet our team

Meet the team that makes our People work possible.

Funded partners

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  • Aligned
  • BlaqOut, Inc.
  • Care Beyond the Boulevard
  • Community Care Network of Kansas
  • Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS)
  • Donnelly College
  • EPEC, Inc.
  • Equatorian Community Association
  • Footprints Inc.
  • GateWay of Hope
  • Jackson County 4Kids
  • Kansas City Medical Society Foundation
  • Kids Win Missouri
  • Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City
  • Metropolitan Community College Foundation
  • Mid-America Regional Council
  • Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation
  • Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
  • MINDDRIVE, Incorporated
  • Mission Vision Project KC
  • Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence
  • Nurture KC
  • Sisters In Christ
  • Together KC
  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Veterans Community Project
  • Vibrant Health dba Turner House Clinic

Partner with us

At Health Forward, we’re one small part of the health equity movement that is gaining traction in the Kansas City area. Sometimes we lead. Sometimes we follow. But we are always listening to, and guided by, our community partners.