Health Forward Foundation


Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2019, Johnson County, Kansas

April 12, 2017

Johnson County's Community Health Improvement Plan based on the county's health assessment.


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...


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.


Oral Health Policy in Kansas and Missouri

November 7, 2015

Although we tend to think about medicine and dentistry as separate components of “health care,” they are inextricably linked. Poor oral health can have dramatic impacts on overall health, leading to poor nutrition, cardiovascular disease, low birthweight babies, and diabetes.


Oral Health Profile of Individuals Seeking Services at a Midtown Assistance Center for the Homeless

A dental profile of individuals seeking services at an assistance center in the mid-town Kansas City area was conducted. The DMFT scores showed a lesser number of teeth lost to dental decay (M score of the DMFT=5.02) and a greater number of teeth restored (F score of the DMFT=4.36) than...


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...


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...


Greater Kansas City Oral Health System Assessment

March 10, 2014

In order to understand the challenges and successes related to oral health in Greater Kansas City and identify how the entire health and health care community can more effectively address local oral health needs, Health Forward undertook a comprehensive assessment of the oral health system in Greater Kansas City and...


Greater Kansas City Oral Health System Assessment: Executive Summary

In order to understand the challenges and successes related to oral health in Greater Kansas City and identify how the entire health and health care community can more effectively address oral health needs, the Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) undertook a comprehensive assessment of the oral health system in Greater...


Executive Summary of Oral Health in Missouri – June 2012

June 1, 2012

In January of 2012, three Missouri foundations launched an initiative to assess the impediments to improving oral health for the state’s population. The REACH Health Forward Foundation, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Health Forward Foundation undertook an in-depth examination of the state of the state’s oral health. Their...

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