Professional Organizations Group

Representatives from Missouri's professional organizations focused on public health are working together to achieve a collective impact, uniting their voices around public health issues, supporting workforce development opportunities and creating a stronger public health system. Members emphasize the need to maintain their own identities as they consider realignment under a more cohesive structure that will enrich membership and support public health system transformation in Missouri. Meeetings are facilitated by the #HealthierMO initiative.

Mission and Vision


Vision:  United for public health

Mission:  "Leading public health collective impact through advocacy, collaboration, communication and workforce development"

Goals


In August 2018, the group set ten goals around their four mission areas. The goals include uniting around key public health issues, formalizing the structure of the group and developing a sustainability plan. The group also plans to develop a system of gathering information from members and distributing information out to stakeholders. They will address workforce development by identifying recruitment opportunities, improving collaboration and developing a calendar of available trainings.

Actions


Since their first meeting in January 2018, the Professional Organizations group committed to work collaboratively in order to create a more unified voice for public health, increase advocacy power, and achieve collective impact toward transforming the public health system in Missouri.

  • Improved trust as a result of collaboration at these meetings led Professional Organizations to begin a conversation about creative ways to maximize CHIP funding claims in Missouri.
  • In October 2018, the group sent a letter to Missouri Foundation for Health and the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, now Health Forward Foundation, articulating their support for the #HealthierMO initiative.
  • In January 2019, the group sent a letter to Governor Parson, supporting development of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.
  • The group has identified key public health focus areas that include immunization requirements, a set of minimum qualifications for Missouri's Director of Health position, continued local authority for public health agencies, a statewide prescription drug monitoring program and sustained public health funding.
  • Meeting Minutes


    Meeting Minutes 04/25/19

    Meeting Minutes 03/13/19

    Meeting Minutes 12/18/18

    Meeting Minutes 10/12/18

    Meeting Minutes 08/21/18

    Meeting Minutes 06/28/18

    Meeting Minutes 05/30/18

    Meeting Minutes 04/26/18

    Meeting Minutes 03/21/18

    Meeting Minutes 02/08/18

    Meeting Minutes 01/10/18

    Membership


    Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA)

    Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MoCPHE)

    Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)

    Missouri Environmental Health Association

    Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH)

    Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA)

    Missouri Council for Public Health Nursing (MCPHN)

    • Advocacy

      A key statement from the first professional organizations meeting in 2018 was, "We are stronger together than we are individually." The group recognizes the need for collaboration and the importance of speaking with a unified voice when educating about and advocating for priority public health issues. Goals for the next year include identifying two or three top public health priorities to discuss with policymakers.

      Chair: Kristi Ressel, University of Missouri

      Membership:
        • Scott Clardy, Columbia/Boone County Health Department
        • Kate Donaldson, St. Louis County Health Department
        • Becky Hunt, Madison County Health Department
        • Leah Martin, American Lung Association
        • Tracie McClendon-Cole, Kansas City Health Department
        • Ken Palermo, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
        • Ryan Schafer, Clay County Health Department
        • Alex Tuttle, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
        • Ashley Wegner, Clay County Health Department
        • Clay Goddard, Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MoCPHE)
        • Robert Niezgoda, Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA)

      Meeting Summaries:
      Meeting Summary 031919
      Meeting Summary 01/22/19
      Meeting Summary 11/27/18

    • Collaboration

      In an early show of good faith, the organizations agreed to share legislative reports so that all participants could be kept informed on pending and future legislation that may affect public health in Missouri. This effort was a huge benefit for organizations that did not have the capacity to access this information on their own. Goals for the next 12 months include formalizing the structure of the group and developing a sustainability plan.

      Chair: Diane Weber, Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA)

      Membership:
        • Clay Goddard, Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MoCPHE)
        • Scott Clardy, Columbia/Boone County Health Department
        • Kristi Campbell, Cole County Health Department
        • Dennis Diehl, Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH)
        • Lisa Sitler, Missouri Council for Public Health Nursing (MCPHN)
        • Ryan Tilley, Missouri Environmental Health Association (MEHA)
        • Kelley Vollmar, Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA)
        • Martha Smith, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

      Meeting Summaries:
      Meeting Summary 01/22/19
      Meeting Summary 11/27/18

    • Communication

      In just one session the group was able to agree on a clear vision and mission moving forward. All recognized the need to come together to work for the good of public health. Goals for the coming year include developing an information distribution system among Professional Organizations members and developing a process for gathering information from membership.

      Chair: Michelle Morris, Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH)

      Membership:
        • Nancy Beyer, Missouri Environmental Health Association (MEHA)
        • Audrey Gough, Shelby County Health Department
        • Megan Hopkins, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
        • Larry Jones, Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MoCPHE)
        • Robert Niezgoda, Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA)

      Meeting Summaries:
      Meeting Summary 11/26/18

    • Workforce Development

      Respresentatives recognize the benefit of working together to provide more opportunities for their respective memberships. They agreed to collaborate on training and conferences, offer more opportunities to students, and cross-promote learning events. Goals for the coming year include developing a calendar of current workforce development opportunities, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and improving workforce recruitment opportunities.

      Chair: Dalen Duitsman, Missouri State University

      Membership:
        • Andrew Warlen, Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA)
        • Linda Cooperstock, Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA)
        • Martha Smith, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
        • Diane Weber, Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA)

      Meeting Summaries:
      Meeting Summary 11/19/18

    Upcoming Workforce Development Opportunities


    MINK Regional Meeting
    April 12, 2019
    Kansas City, MO!