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.
Full COVID Vaccination
According to the CDC, people are considered to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after they have received a single dose of Janssen's J&J vaccine.
People who have received COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization, like AstraZeneca/Oxford, are also considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose.
Right now there is no expiration date on fully vaccinated status, but this may be updated as the CDC releases new guidelines. It is likely that additional booster doses will be encouraged or required moving forward as the virus and our understanding of it changes.
"Unvaccinated people" refers to individuals of all ages, including children, that have not completed a vaccination series and waited the required time to reach full immunity.
Source: St. Louis County Health Department
Face Mask Guidance
On May 13, 2021 the CDC issued interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
This means people who are fully vaccinated may resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
People who are not fully vaccinated remain at risk of contracting and transmitting the COVID-19 virus. To protect their own health and the health of people around them, it is vital that people not fully vaccinated continue to wear a face mask when in public around other people. They should also continue to socially distance themselves and follow other CDC-recommended guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID.
MOCPHE encourages patience and respect as people navigate these changes. You may know if you are fully vaccinated, but the businesses you visit and the people around you don’t know your immunization status.
Businesses retain the right to require their employees and customers to be masked. It is good practice to keep a mask with you so that you can be respectful of the needs of others.
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 https://www.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