Come Together, THINK AHEAD!

Come Together, THINK AHEAD!


Inspiring People, Organizations & Communities to Thrive

Heartland Foundation is one of the only, if not the only, foundations in America born from and tied to a regional healthcare system that does not focus our resources on the medical center, clinics, illness-centric causes, or traditional community health projects.

Instead, we lead and manage the Healthy Communities movement, specifically championing education and empowering people – youth and adults – in America’s rural heartland.  Using well-tested methods for possibility-thinking, collaboration, and innovation, Heartland Foundation and our emPowerU® programs have positively touched the lives of over 60,000 people just in the last decade.

Come Together, THINK AHEAD! Inspiring People, Organizations & Communities to Thrive by Judith K. Sabbert with Christel A.K. Gollnick is a comprehensive, inspiring review of how Heartland Foundation came to be and best practices garnered from experiences on the journey that can be applied anywhere people live in the world.

AUTHOR: Judith K. Sabbert with Christel A.K. Gollnick, Foreword by Anne Conzemius
FORMAT: 6×8 Soft Cover or Hard Cover
PAGES: 250
ISBN: 978-1-943338-03-0
PUBLISHER: Chandler Lake Books
CONTACT: for order information or place your order online here. You may also stop by our office at 518 S. 6th Street in St. Joseph, MO to pay for and pick up a copy.


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Order directly from Heartland Foundation – $24.95 (Soft Cover) or $34.95 (Hard Cover) + $15.00 shipping and handling fee. The fee covers orders of up to three (3) copies. For larger orders, please call 816.271.7200 or email for a custom shipping and handling fee. Orders of 10 or more copies may be eligible for a discount, and public and school libraries are eligible for free shipping for up to three copies. We appreciate your interest and look forward to visiting with you!

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We are extremely grateful for the many positive comments from friends across the nation that have recently been shared with us:

“This book found me…Their story could well become your story. I recommend you use it as a guiding light in your community.” –Leland R. Kaiser, Ph.D., health futurist and founder of the Kaiser Institute

“…an inspiration for others to re-imagine another future for their community, state, region, and nation. A must read…” –Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO, Public Health Institute

“…a reality story…a life book. It is about leadership, stewardship, and civic responsibility. It is about the innovative idea behind the Healthy Communities movement and…the practical application.” –Anne Conzemius, founder and CEO of SMART Learning Systems

Think Ahead! underscores the fact that one person can make a difference. You just have to believe anything is possible.” –William Bentley, associate commissioner, Administration for Children and Families-Family and Youth Services Bureau

“Seldom have I come across a book that combines originality, practicality, inspiration and specificity…a volume that greatly benefits from its candor.” –Bill Millett, president of Scope View Strategic Advantage

“The work of Heartland Foundation is vital to the total health of our region. It’s much bigger than caring for the sick–it’s a mission for helping our communities Think Ahead and helping all to prosper. This is a road map for successful communities of the future.” –Andrew McCrea, rancher/farmer, author, and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television program “American Countryside”

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