Place Matters: Life Expectancy in Eastern Jackson County
January 5, 2017
Average life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of the health of a population and community. In this report, we present average life expectancy estimates for all ZIP Codes within our service area, which includes all of Jackson County except the areas within the city limits of Kansas...
Local opportunities to support school-based behavioral health: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
July 1, 2016
School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing physical health, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning....
Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Wyandotte County, Kansas, Adults
May 1, 2016
Researchers have demonstrated a link between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction and health status later in life. This may be explained in part by a toxic physiological stress response, such as elevated stress hormone levels, to multiple stressors, which may have damaging effects on a...
Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Behavioral Health
March 28, 2016
Across the country, state and local officials are increasingly focused on improving health outcomes for people living with mental illness or substance use disorders. This brief analyzes national data on behavioral health and reviews published research focused on how Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act advances the goal of...
Policy Statement on Funding Mechanisms for School-Based Health Services
January 20, 2016
School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing physical health, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning.
Health ForwardGKC 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...
Mental Health Websites
August 16, 2015
African-American Health Resources American Psychiatric Association (APA): The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 38,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective...
Children’s Mental Health Best Practices Literature Review
May 31, 2015
Children’s mental health issues are commonly addressed in family-focused treatment, integrated community-based treatment, and school-based treatment. Children’s mental health services are distinct from adult mental health services in that: 1) Children experience rapid developmental changes within a much shorter amount of time than adults; 2) Family context must be taken...
Adult Mental Illness Best Practices Literature Review
The literature suggests that there is no one absolute best way in which to treat adult mental illness. Because there are a large number of evidence-based interventions which have reported success, this document will only provide a summary of the information found in the literature.
Community Conversation on Health Summary Report
October 11, 2014
On October 11, 2014, the Health Forward Foundation of Greater Kansas City (Health Forward) and the United Way of Greater Kansas City partnered to sponsor the “Community Conversation on Health”. Asked to attend were people in the community most challenged by the current economic and health care system – the uninsured and underserved. The...