Health Forward Foundation Supports Communities In Schools of Mid-America

KANSAS CITY, MO – Communities In Schools of Mid-America® (CIS of Mid-America™) is pleased to announce it has received a $60,000 grant from the Health Forward Foundation. Health Forward Foundation, formerly Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, was created in 2003 with the proceeds from the sale of the nonprofit Health Midwest hospital system. Since that time, they have been partnering with organizations with a shared vision of healthy people in healthy communities.

CIS of Mid-America helps students overcome barriers preventing them from succeeding in school and life. They accomplish this by placing a full-time support person inside the school to work directly with the students and their families, building relationships, providing services, and connecting them to community resources. CIS of Mid-America is serving more than 6,000 students at nine schools in the Kansas City Metro area. During the 2020-2021 school year, 83% of students who received CIS of Mid-America’s case-managed support improved their academics, and 93% stayed in school. Funding for this project was provided in part by the Health Forward Foundation.

About Communities In Schools of Mid-America®

Communities In Schools of Mid-America® (CIS of Mid-America™), is part of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering underserved students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids – regardless of the challenges they may face – have what they need to realize their potential. The CIS of Mid-America™ network, with its main office in Lawrence, KS, provides services in 70 schools to approximately 39,000 students each year by placing Student Support Coordinators directly inside the schools to work with students. Learn more at

About the Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward Foundation is supporting and building inclusive, powerful, and healthy communities by prioritizing people who experience the greatest injustices in health outcomes. Through leadership, advocacy, and resources, we are championing an equitable future that will serve us all. Since we began grantmaking in 2005, Health Forward has awarded approximately $340 million to nonprofit organizations addressing community health needs. Learn more at