Our approach to redistributing and sharing power with the people we serve is through advancing participation in democracy, amplifying community-driven movements, and strengthening small, community-based organizations and leaders.

Powerful communities are healthy communities

Community-based and grassroots groups, organizations, and leaders play a vital role in our efforts. However, their access to power is often challenged.


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  • Increased organizational strength, fiscal capacity, and effectiveness of essential small and grassroots organizations
  • Stronger networks and greater connectedness among community leaders
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  • Increased scale of community organizing and civic participation
  • Increased voter registration and turnout in targeted districts
  • Adoption of policies that promote civic participation
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  • Increased number of board and CAC members are representative of Health Forward’s communities of focus
  • Community members co-design and co-implement projects

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

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Meet our team

Meet the team that makes our Power work possible.

Funded partners

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  • Be Great Together
  • Black Excellence Inc
  • Communities Creating Opportunity
  • Community Capital Fund (on behalf of Parent Leadership Training Institute-Kansas City)
  • Equatorian Community Association
  • Front Porch Alliance
  • Front Porch Alliance
  • Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
  • Groundwork NRG
  • Heart of the City Neighborhood Association, Inc.
  • JustUs System, Inc.
  • Kansas Action for Children
  • KC Common Good, Inc.
  • Kids Community Growing Prosperity
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Lyrik's Institution
  • Madam President Camp
  • Missouri Jobs With Justice, dba Kansas City Jobs with Justice
  • Missouri Workers Center
  • New Community Church
  • New Venture Fund
  • People Of All Colors Succeed Organization
  • Urban League Of Greater Kansas City

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.