Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation is proud to announce $10.65 million in grants to 61 nonprofit organizations through invitation-based funding to support high-quality, equitable, culturally responsive, and whole-person care in our People purpose area.
These organizations are working to ensure everyone has access to high-quality medical, oral, and behavioral care, as well as social services, that center the full range of people’s experiences.
In addition, some funded organizations are diversifying pathways to health science careers, exploring “food is medicine” work, and re-enrolling Medicaid participants after the federal public health emergency concluded.
“It is truly a privilege to offer our support to these partners who tirelessly serve our community,” said Hayat Abdullahi, Health Forward Director of Community Impact. “These partners constitute a crucial component of our health care ecosystem, playing an indispensable role in promoting equity-centered, whole-person care. With their commitment, our journey toward a systemic change approach that prioritizes whole-person care is advancing with purpose.”
About Health Forward’s invitation-based funding approach
Health Forward provided this funding opportunity on an invitation basis to ensure it was equitable, streamlined, and didn’t place undo burden on applicants who may not have been a fit.
“We are proud to partner with organizations providing care that is anti-racist, culturally responsive, comprehensive, and trauma-informed,” said McClain Bryant Macklin, Health Forward Vice President of Policy and Impact. “Their approach is part of a larger movement to rebuild our systems so that health injustice is no longer an accepted norm in the Kansas City region.”
Below are the organizations Health Forward is partnering with. Some organizations received multiple grants to pursue different approaches to whole-person care.