“Every day, we work to support and build inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities characterized by racial equity and economically just systems.” With this as our purpose and reason for being, Health Forward Foundation is building the future of our region by grasping the issues that cause disparate health outcomes at their roots. Health Forward Foundation’s mission is to achieve health equity and secure a fair and just region through leadership, advocacy, and resources. We support direct services and drive systems change for healthy people, community power, and equitable and just places. We support and partner with community-based and cross-sector organizations to improve health on all fronts, from providing vital health services, to working to advance safe and affordable housing, to amplifying the power that exists in our communities through civic engagement on matters that influence heath.
The Health Forward Foundation 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 (HCA), a for-profit hospital management company. 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. Our history in these communities predates the foundation, as these were the places served by Health Midwest, which after the hospital’s sale evolved to form Health Forward. The foundation is governed by a 21-member board of directors and is managed by a professional staff of 26 employees. As of December 2021, the approximate net market value of the foundation’s investment portfolio was $950 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 the process and the outcome of equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in its investments in services and systems change, employment practices, talent management, investments, vendor selection, and governance. Health Forward views equity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral in our purpose and to our mission.
Through a framework that places high value on inquiry and learning Health Forward seeks to increase our understanding of people in our community whose health have been impacted by economic disparities and racial inequities. In the spirit of continuous improvement and innovation, we reflect on lessons learned, share the results with others, and integrate that learning into future work. Further, we strive to ensure that the voices and perspectives of those affected by economic disparities and racial inequities are centered in our learning and that this learning is in partnership with the communities we serve.
To ensure that our community investments effectively work towards our mission, Health Forward’s approach toward learning incorporates the following components:
The Learning Strategist will be responsible for creating and implementing comprehensive work plans for collecting insights, designing, and deploying evaluation studies and engaging teams in learning that both informs future strategy work and assesses existing work. This position is responsible for implementing the Learning and Evaluation team’s approaches to assessing progress and impact, creating learning, and knowledge management for each of the teams they support – with an emphasis on being able to tailor planning and actions to the context and priorities of each team.
Alignment with Health Forward values of Trust, Partnership, Learning, Stewardship, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism.
The anticipated hiring salary range for this position is $90,400 – $113,000. The package will be determined by the experience level, credentials and personal characteristics of the candidate offered. Health Forward Foundation offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, paid time off, and a hybrid work environment.
Health Forward Foundation firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.