The Health Forward Foundation mission is to achieve health equity and secure a fair and just region through leadership, advocacy, and resources. Health Forward’s service area encompasses Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson, Cass, and Lafayette counties in Missouri, and Johnson, Wyandotte, and Allen counties in Kansas.
Health Forward was created in 2003 with an original endowment of $440 million from the sale of Health Midwest, a nonprofit hospital system, to Hospital Corporation of America, a for-profit hospital management company. The foundation is governed by a 20-member board of directors and is managed by a professional staff of 26 employees. As of September 2021, the approximate net market value of the foundation’s investment portfolio was $919 million. With nearly two decades of history, Health Forward has invested more than $332 million to improve health throughout its service area.
Health Forward is committed to promoting and practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion in its programming, policy agenda, employment practices, personnel management, investments, vendor selection, and governance. Health Forward views equity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral to its mission of eliminating barriers to health and promoting quality health in our service area.
HEALTH FORWARD’S POLICY WORK
Health Forward is in the process of Integrating our policy and programmatic work to more effectively change systems to eliminate racism and reduce economic and health injustices experienced by our communities of focus, including but not limited to Black, brown, and rural communities. We employ an asset-based approach and use language that respects and affirms the many contributions our communities of focus make to our larger community. We engage in year-round advocacy in our local service area, at the state level in Kansas and Missouri, and nationally with our federal delegation. We develop and implement our policy agenda with the input of our communities of focus, grantees, and partners. We also conduct policy-relevant research; work with communities to identify specific policy recommendations; building and participate in coalitions; write policy papers and articles; and lobby policymakers.
IMPACT PARTNER - POLICY
Health Forward is currently looking for an Impact Partner - Policy to work closely with Health Forward’s Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives and frequently collaborate with other members of the Health Forward team. The position will require a high performer with asset-based writing, communication, analytical, and advocacy skills. This person should possess a high degree of initiative, a commitment to health equity, the ability to work across multiple cross-functional teams, partners, constituencies, cultures, and communities. A willingness to adapt as Health Forward’s policy and advocacy work evolves will be essential.
Strategy development and execution
Resource allocations and partner support
Education and Experience
A competitive compensation package, corresponding to the experience level, credentials and personal characteristics of the candidate will be offered.
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