For many years Missouri's public health system has faced significant challenges with dwindling resources and increasing demands for service. Today, Missouri ranks among the lowest in the states for health outcomes like smoking rates, immunization rates, cardiovascular deaths and violent crime.
During Phase I (Sep 2017 - Aug 2018), the initiative hosted a large convening session at which to gather input. It formed an Executive Committee and an Advisory Council to guide transformation work and provide accountability. In Phase II (Feb 2019 - Jan 2021) the initiative is tasked with developing a foundational public health services model for Missouri and conducting a capacity assessment to identify gaps.
Public health is what we all do together as a society to ensure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy. A strong public health system depends on active involvement with community partners from all sectors. #HealthierMO facilitates meetings of representatives from Missouri's professional organizations focused on public health. This collaboration is the first step to strengthening multi-sector, interconnected partnerships that can work together to create thriving communities and a healthier Missouri.
Successful grassroots involvement in the #HealthierMO initiative depends heavily on clear, continuous, two-way communication. The initiative prioritizes transparent information sharing, listening to stakeholders and creating opportunities for active engagement.