We believe Missourians deserve 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.
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.
Missouri's grassroots initiative to transform Missouri's public health system is engaging local public health leaders in new health equity work, in partnership with experts from Consilience Group.
The team will identify training and tools necessary to help Missouri public health professionals infuse health equity into daily operations to more effectively and efficiently assure foundational public health services identified in Missouri's Foundational Public Health Services Model.
Training specific to the integration of health equity within the FPHS model will equip Missouri's public health system to take major strides toward ensuring justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in public health practice.
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.
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.
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 their family's health when deciding about COVID prevention and protective actions.
The website offers answers to frequently asked questions, key core messages, tools, and templates that can be used by all Missouri public health agencies and their partners.
The project is funded by the CDC Foundation.
Start sharing the message! Learn more at OneForAllMO.com.
MOCPHE Announces New Executive Director
MOCPHE Annual Report
MOCPHE welcomes the Clinton County Health Department as a new member.
The Clinton County Health Department serves more than 20,000 residents of this rural community northeast of Kansas City. The department is led by administrator Blair Shock with oversight from an elected Board of Directors.
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.
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.