Health Forward Foundation


2018 Kansas County Health Rankings Report

May 22, 2018

Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) illustrates what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making them sick and shows what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. CHR&R...


2018 Missouri County Health Rankings Report

March 14, 2018

Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) illustrates what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making them sick and shows what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. CHR&R...


Budget Basics: Family & Community Supports

February 1, 2017

Missouri’s budget supports a number of services that are aimed at promoting healthy and stable families, individuals, and communities. Very little general revenue is used to fund these programs and most are funded entirely with federal dollars.


Budget Basics: Child Welfare

Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been...


Budget Basics: Community-Based Senior Services

Missouri provides an array of services that collectively seek to promote the health, independence and safety of Missouri seniors. By 2030, nearly 1 in 5 Missourians will be over the age of 65, compared to around 1 in 7 in 2010. This underscores the importance of programs that support seniors...


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...


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...


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.


Frequently Asked Questions About the Social Determinants of Health

November 7, 2015

RWJF’s Vulnerable Populations’ programs and projects are united in that they each worked within the context of the social determinants of health. And while social determinants were well established in academic circles and have been the subject of considerable study, we quickly discovered that the concept didn’t work on the...


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...

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