Research Category: Healthy Communities


2016 Johnson County Community Health Assessment and Community Profile

December 1, 2016

The data presented represents the Johnson County community, its unique demographics, issues and health behaviors. Where available, comparison data to the state of Kansas and the United States is included. Additional data sources include the United States Department of Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Kansas Department of Health and...


Increasing access to healthy foods: Grocery stores and mobile markets

July 1, 2016

Food insecurity means not having regular access to an adequate quantity of nutritious food, and it is a real problem for many in the KC community. In the Health Forward service area, there are approximately 230,000 people facing food insecurity. Across both Kansas and Missouri, one in five children below...


Health Equity Series: Food Insecurity

December 1, 2015

For the purpose of this report, health equity will be discussed through the examination of Missouri’s food system, including how social determinants of health impact food security and food access, as well as the connection between disparities in health outcomes and an inequitable food system.


Fostering School Connectedness: Overview

November 7, 2015

We will be discussing what we can do to promote school connectedness among students in our school(s).


Food for All: Improving Access to Healthy and Local Food

Kansas and Missouri are above average, but in this case, it’s nothing to be proud of. We rank 8th (Missouri) and 15th (Kansas) among the 50 states in food insecurity. In the heart of one of the richest agricultural regions in the country, more than 15% of our residents don’t...


Health Forward 10 Year Report

September 15, 2015

As Health Forward completes its first decade of grantmaking, we have looked back across the health care landscape to better understand the accomplishments and obstacles surrounding care to the uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City region. Our objective is to learn from, and reflect upon, past experience, in order...


Healthy Indicator Posters

September 3, 2015


Healthy Communities Websites

August 16, 2015

Action for Healthy Kids: A volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places and our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn. Action on Smoking and Health: America’s first anti-smoking and nonsmokers’ rights organization. African-American Health Resources American Association of...


Healthy Lifestyle

July 21, 2015

The Health Forward Foundation aims to address the leading causes of preventable death by improving access to healthy eating and active living and by reducing the use of tobacco. Chronic disease has become epidemic, with nearly 50% of Americans living with at least one chronic illness. Obesity, heart disease, stroke,...


Health Forward Grant Report: Community Garden Funding 2007-2010

The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) committed approximately $1 million to support nine community garden projects from 2007 to 2010. These programs provided garden plots, fresh vegetables, and nutrition training to approximately 2,244 people (1,887 children and 357 adults) in Health Forward’s six county service area.

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