Vision: A world where children and families achieve their full health potential
Mission: To improve the health of individuals through innovative models
First Hand Foundation Established
We helped our first child, providing case grant funding. In 1998, Nathan (pictured with our founder Neal Patterson) received funding
Love Bag Program Introduced
We created this program to initially provide comfort items to children going through the foster system and have since expanded to offer this program to more children who face difficult circumstances.
Healthe Kids Institute Founded
We established a second 501(c)3 under the First Hand brand to focus on proactive population health programming, introducing several school health initiatives.
First Wellness Screening Conducted
We completed our first free wellness screening at Barry Elementary School.
First Healthy Lifestyle Course Completed
The first high school class completed our healthy lifestyle program in the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District.
Celebrated 20th Anniversary
At this point in our history, we helped over 200,000 children through all of our programs. Notably, the Case Grants program awarded $20 million in funding for children's medical needs.
Mental Well-Being Program Launched
Middle school students in the Raytown, MO, School District participated in our comprehensive social-emotional wellness (mental well-being) program.