We believe Missourians deserve better health outcomes.
MOCPHE Annual Report
As leaders in the field of public health, MOCPHE members have worked tirelessly during the COVID pandemic to provide guidance, develop sample policies, advocate for local public health, and provide education about proven public health prevention methods.
As a result, membership in MOCPHE has grown. New members say MOCPHE is an "inslusive group" providing "tremendous benefit," supporting "growth of our agency," and moving "forward to action."
Strategic planning and a new executive director have positioned MOCPHE to continue moving toward excellence in public health in a post-COVID pandemic culture.
Read MOCPHE's 2021 Annual Report for details on the strategic plan to transform Missouri's public health system and increase advocacy in order to help assure Missourians achieve better health outcomes.
County Health Data
Timely, accurate, relevant data is vital to inform public health program development and resource allocation.
The 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report provides actionable county-level data for local public health agencies in Missouri. It provides comparable data for measures that influence health and well-being.
The report equips local public health agencies to identify factors that are keeping people healthy or making them sick and helps them engage community leaders, health care providers, schools, businesses, and other partners and community members in creating healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.
Missouri's grassroots initiative to transform Missouri's public health system has launched a new capacity building program for public health agencies.
The program, "An FPHS Approach to Improving Well-being for All Missourians" is based on gaps identified in the 2020 Capacity Assessment. It equips public health professionals with a shared understanding of health equity and the Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) model, guides them as they operationalize the model in their work, and empowers them to implement practices and processes that will assure foundational public health services every Missourian can depend on.
Learn more at HealthierMO.org.
Rural Health Inequities
MOCPHE is currently working with 12 local public health agenices in Missouri to increase adult immunization rates among rural populations.
Work is focused around assuring clear communication at appropriate health literacy levels, building trust, and addressing barriers to care.
Participating LPHAs have improved their social media presence. They've partnered with local organizations to ensure consistent messaging about flu and COVID vaccinations. They are also working with specific audiences to address health inequities and barriers to receiving vaccinations.
The project is funded through a grant from the CDC Foundation.
Vaccination Best Defense
Vaccination continues to be the best defensive weapon available against COVID. To date, evidence incidates full vaccination with a booster dose offers significant protection against the Delta variant and lessens the severity of illness from the Omicron strain.
In addition, the Missouri Hospital Association reports vaccine boosters significantly decrease the risk of fatality from COVID.
Children five years and older are now eligible for a COVID vaccination.
All Missourians age 12 and older are eligible for a booster vaccination against COVID.
Vaccine development and testing continues for children under age five.
Flu Vaccinations Vital
Public health experts stress the importance of preventing the combination of COVID and influenza this fall. In response to this concern, MOCPHE supports recommendations from CDC and other experts that every person 6 months or older receive a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination this fall. A few exceptions may apply to individuals with medical contraindications to the flu vaccine.
MOCPHE recommends required influenza vaccination for school-aged children.
MOCPHE offers guidance to local public health agencies and health care providers considering safe and effective flu vaccination strategies, while maintaining masking and physical distancing precautions against COVID.
MOCPHE welcomes Carter County Health Center and Butler County Health Department as new members.
The Carter County Health Center serves rural communities in south central Misssouri. The department is led by administrator Michelle Walker with oversight from an elected Board of Directors. Their vision is to promote health, care for and protect residents in order to have a healthy community that enjoys optimal health throughout their lifespan.
The Butler County Health Department is led by administrator Emily Goodin and an elected Board of Directors. In the southeastern part of Missouri, the department focuses on core functions and the emerging role of local public health agencies in assessment and policy development.
MOCPHE Announces New Executive Director
MOCPHE is pleased to announce Spring Schmidt is now serving in the role of Executive Director. She previously served as the deputy director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, where she was been a key leader in public health response throughout the COVID pandemic.
Schmidt replaces Larry Jones, who served in the role of Executive Director since 2015.
Schmidt says she is excited about the new role and broadening her impact on Missouri's public health system.
She will have a dual role, also serving as the Executive Director for St. Louis University's Office of Public Health Practice within the College for Public Health and Social Justice.
SLU recently joined MOCPHE as a new member, demonstrating their shared commitment to improving public health services and health outcomes across Missouri through dedication to excellence.