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.
MOCPHE joined other public health leaders and stakeholders to form the Coalition for Healthy Missouri Communities. It led the One for All Missouri public information campaign. It worked with #HealthierMO, George Washington University, and Harvard University on research and data collection projects to inform public health system transformation efforts that support a healthier Missouri for all residents.
Read MOCPHE's 2020 Annual Report to learn additional ways the organization and its members have engaged over the past year to help assure Missourians achieve better health outcomes.
Vaccination Best Defense
Right now, vaccination is the best weapon available against COVID. Almost 6 in 10 eligible Missourians have started the vaccination process. When layered with masking, distancing, handwashing, and other public health practices, it will help slow and stop the virus from spreading.
On August 23, 2021 the FDA issued full approval to Pfizer for use of its vaccine in people 16 and older. The vaccine will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty.
A new CDC study released August 6, 2021 shows the vaccine is protecting people from reinfection. "Unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated after initially contracting the virus. These data further indicate that COVID-19 vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity alone and that vaccines, even after prior infection, help prevent reinfections."
A separate study concluded that COVID vaccination was significantly effective at preventing hospitalization for adults 65 and older.
Face Mask Guidance
Because the Delta variant is so much more contagious than earlier strains of COVID, the CDC recommends everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission wear a mask in indoor public places, even if they have already been vaccinated. Every Missouri county but Schuyler is currently an area of substantial or high transmission.
CDC recommends even people who have been vaccinated wear a mask. There have been some cases of reinfection, and a person who is vaccinated can still carry the COVID virus and spread it to others.
Masking slows the spread of the virus by reducing the amount of respiratory droplets that penetrate the mask.
CDC recommends schools require masking indoors for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
CDC recommends businesses require masking indoors for all employees, vendors, and customers.
Source: St. Louis County Health Department
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.
Missouri's grassroots initiative to transform Missouri's public health system releases results of a capacity assessment measuring local public health agencies' capacity to assure foundational public health services identified in Missouri's Foundational Public Health Services Model.
The assessment found the rate of per capita funding alone distinguished local public health agencies with capacity from those without. It also found that LPHAs who were stronger in public health capabilities like communication, partnership building, and organizational administrative functions had increased capacity in the public health areas of expertise like communicable disease control.
Racism & Social Equity
Racism and Social Inequity is a public health crisis. Too many Black Americans have lost their lives and suffered and are suffering. Racism and Social Inequity has become a part of our public policy, and intertwined into our current public systems, structures, and services.
MOCPHE is committed to eliminating the systems that have allowed these inequities to exist. Racism and Social Iniquity has no place in our society. MOCPHE is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of public health practice and services are available and accessible to all people from all backgrounds in all regions of Missouri.
MOCPHE welcomes the Andrew County Health Department as a new member.
The Andrew County Health Department has been serving its community since 1975. The department works with partners to assess the health status and needs of its community, develop policies and procedures, and assure it respondings appropriately to public health needs in Andrew County. The department is led by Administrator Andrew Hoffman.
Clear COVID Messaging
The One For All MO campaign encourages all public health agencies and partners to use a single set of consistent, clear messages to reduce confusion and help Missourians make the best possible decisions about their own health and protect their communities from COVID-19.
The campaign is a partnership between MOCPHE and Missouri Foundation for Health. Core key messages, tools, and templates can be used by all Missouri public health agencies and partners.
Start sharing the message! Learn more at OneForAllMO.com.
In partnership with Missouri's Professional Organizations focused on public health and the #HealthierMO grassroots initiative, MOCPHE sent a letter of support to Governor Parson, encouraging development of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program that builds on the model developed by St. Louis County.
The group is working to identify priority public health issues for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.
Learn more at HealthierMO.org