Staff Stories

November 28, 2023
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March 1, 2024

MOCPHE helps the Jefferson County Health Department better service vulnerable populations

The Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence has helped the Jefferson County Health Department to evaluate how its mobile clinics can best address health disparities and reach vulnerable populations within the program’s service area. The project was conducted as part of the Local Public Health Disparities Initiative from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allie Bodin, MPH, CPH, health data analytics and informatics manager at MOCPHE, worked with JCHD to design an operations-based decision tree that helps JCHD staffers decide which clinics to pursue and what services to provide in line with their mission. By asking a series of questions ordered by priority, JCHD now systematizes the processes by which the program decides which clinics to offer, allowing for monitoring and evaluation of clinic success. To guide JCHD’s decision-making, Allie developed an intake questionnaire collecting demographic, social determinants of health, health behavior, and health outcome data from patients to better understand the populations JCHD services reach. Allie also created two questionnaires for potential partners: the first questionnaire screens whether partners are ready to host a clinic in terms of logistics, and the second questionnaire acquires information to help JCHD decide whether a proposed clinic aligns with JCHD priorities. These questionnaires were designed to be tailored to collect different data indicators over time depending upon the needs of the department for directing practice. Allie’s work sparked so much interest from mobile healthcare leaders within healthcare and public health in recent months that she has been able to share details with more than 275 mobile health service providers and public health professionals in Missouri as well as across the United States and Canada. She presented at the Mobile Healthcare Association’s Missouri Regional Coalition meeting in April on “Data-Driven Decision-Making to Advance Health Equity,” educating providers on how to acquire and use data to direct operations. At the Mobile Healthcare Association’s 19th Annual Mobile Health Clinics Conference in September, Allie hosted a session entitled, “Designing Operations Decision Support to Establish Partnerships that Advance Health Equity,” which focused on translation of the decision-tree from a conceptual to practical tool for use in day-to-day operations and evaluation. Allie also presented at the Joint Missouri Public Health Conference in September, speaking about the project as a health equity initiative within the context of data modernization and security in Missouri. Allie also co-authored a chapter in the 2nd edition of the Mobile Healthcare Association’s Mobile Healthcare Program Start-Up Guide. That chapter, called “Monitoring and Evaluations: A Guide to Ongoing Program Improvement,” was written with Meghan Guptill, MPH; Kristin Mikolowsky, MSc; and Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH. It includes appendices containing the tools Allie developed: the “Operations-Based Decision Tree,” “Intake Questionnaire for Mobile Health Services,” “1st Questionnaire for Potential Partners: Logistics of Mobile Health Services,” and “2nd Questionnaire for Potential Partners: Mobile Health Service Priorities.” Interested in this project? Contact us for more information at abodin@mocphe.org.

Allie Bodin

November 16, 2023
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Leah Moser works to improve health in rural Missouri

Program Manager Leah Moser is working on a grant funded by MFH to support four rural counties in Missouri. The goal of this initiative is to divert individuals facing behavioral health crises away from incarceration and towards proper care and support. Over the course of this two-year grant, Leah will provide assistance to the grantees, helping with tasks such as data collection, facilitation, evaluation, and addressing the stigma surrounding behavioral health crises.

Leah Moser

October 29, 2023
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MOCPHE staffers present at Joint Public Health Conference

MOCPHE was privileged to serve as an organizer and presenter at the Joint Public Health Conference in October. MOCPHE was joined by the state Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Public Health Association, the Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies and the Missouri Institute for Community Health. Leah Moser, MOCPHE program manager, presented on “Mobilizing Community Partnerships in Rural Communities to Improve Health Outcomes” and “The State of Pediatric Emergency Care in Rural Missouri”. She explored the unique challenges facing rural communities when it comes to community collaboration such as conducting community health assessments and improvement plans. She also discussed strategies for effectively engaging key stakeholders in the process, drawing on real-world examples from Andrew County Health Department to showcase how the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework can be tailored to meet the specific needs of rural communities. MOCPHE's Allie Bodin, our health data analytics and informatics manager, spoke on “Missouri Data Modernization, Security and Health Equity Initiatives.” Also presenting with Allie were Zachary Kempf and Becca Mickels of the Department of Health and Senior Services, and Shawn Ivy, who works in information technology for the state Office of Administration. Melissa Comstock, MOCPHE's special projects coordinator, assisted in MOCPHE's presentations.

Melissa Comstock

June 6, 2023
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State Health Assessment Listening Session in Kirksville

Melissa Comstock attended DHSS’s State Health Assessment (SHA) listening session hosted in Kirksville. During this event, the state’s facilitator shared critical information about the current health status of different Missouri communities.

Melissa Comstock

May 15, 2023
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May 19, 2023

Substance Misuse Prevention Core Competencies Training

This training covered essential knowledge and skills for early-career prevention professionals in the field of substance use prevention. It introduced prevention science, including theories, models, and techniques, along with foundational knowledge on substance use disorders and ethical practice.

Leah Moser

May 8, 2023
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May 11, 2023

National Network of Public Health Institutes Conference

MOCPHE board members, leadership, and partners attended the annual National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) conference in D.C. where we were able to engage with other PHIs across the country, learn about their role in addressing public health needs in the state, and how they collaborated with each other!

Sarah Crosley

May 3, 2023
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May 4, 2023

Kansas Health Institute Visit

MOCPHE board members, leadership, staff, and partners were able to travel to Topeka, KS to meet with the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) for our first site visit! We spent a day and a half in great conversations, reflection, and resource sharing. This was a critical visit for MOCPHE as we journey through our institute building efforts!

Sarah Crosley

April 28, 2023
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Mobile Healthcare Association Presentation

Allie Bodin was able to attend a regional conference of the Mobile Healthcare Association hosted in St. Louis! She shared a presentation focused on her work with Jefferson County and their work to provide data-driven, placed-based care through their mobile medical unit.

Allie Bodin

April 25, 2023
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April 27, 2023

NACCHO DC Trip: Implementation Overdose Prevention

Allie and the team from the Jefferson County Health Department working on their opioid surveillance dashboard were able to travel to D.C. to meet with NACCHO and others doing similar work. This was an excellent opportunity to engage with peers and learn more about different local innovations for opioid overdose prevention.

Allie Bodin

March 23, 2023
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Diverting to Care in Communities Convening

This event Leah attended brought together representatives from behavioral health, law enforcement, public health, and community care to exchange information on ongoing efforts and strategize future opportunities for enhancing support to individuals facing mental health and substance use emergencies.

Leah Moser

August 17, 2022
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August 26, 2022

Trauma Awareness & Response

These trainings explored the prevalence and impact of trauma on brain development, focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long-term effects on social and emotional health outcomes. It prompted participants to examine the underlying causes of certain behaviors in public health and encouraged a shift in perspective towards serving communities through a trauma-informed lens.

Leah Moser