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 advocating for priority public health issues among state and local policymakers. Advocacy goals for the next year include identifying two or three top public health priorities to champion among legislators.
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.
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.
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.