Professional Organizations Group

Representatives from Missouri's professional organizations focused on public health agreed to come together and collaborate in partnership with #HealthierMO in order to unite their voices around advocacy issues and create a stronger public health system. They emphasized the need to maintain their own identities as they realign under a more cohesive structure that will enrich membership and support the initiative to transform the public health system in Missouri.


Representatives from the following groups have been participating in the monthly meetings since early 2018:

Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA)

Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MoCPHE)

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)

Missouri Environmental Health Association

Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH)

Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA)

Missouri Council for Public Health Nursing (MCPHN)

Mission and Vision

The group operates under the following vision and mission statements:

Vision:  "United for public health"

Mission:  "Leading public health system alignment through: collaboration, communication, workforce development, and advocacy."

The group set ten goals around their four mission areas. In August 2018, they will participate in a strategic planning session to define the resources and activities necessary to achieve these goals. The goals include uniting around key legislative priorities, formalizing the structure of the group and developing a sustainability plan. The group also plans to develop a system of gathering information from members and distributing information out to stakeholders. They will address workforce development by identifying recruitment opportunities, improving collaboration and developing a calendar of available trainings.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 06/28/18

Meeting Minutes 05/30/18

Meeting Minutes 04/26/18

Meeting Minutes 03/21/18

Meeting Minutes 02/08/18

Meeting Minutes 01/10/18

  • Communication

    In an early show of good faith, the organizations agreed to share legislative reports so that all participants could be kept informed on pending and future legislation that may affect public health in Missouri. This effort was a huge benefit for organizations that did not have the capacity to access this information on their own. Goals for the next 12 months include formalizing the structure of the group and developing a sustainability plan.

  • Collaboration

    In just one session the group was able to agree on a clear vision and mission moving forward. All recognized the need to come together to work for the good of public health. Goals for the coming year include developing an information distribution system among Professional Organizations members and developing a process for gathering information from membership.

  • Workforce Development

    Respresentatives recognize the benefit of working together to provide more opportunities for their respective memberships. They agreed to collaborate on training and conferences, offer more opportunities to students, and cross-promote learning events. Goals for the coming year include developing a calendar of current workforce development opportunities, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and improving workforce recruitment opportunities.

  • Advocacy

    A key statement from the first professional organizations meeting in 2018 was, "We are stronger together than we are individually." The group recognizes the need for collaboration and the importance of speaking with a unified voice when advocating for priority public health issues among state and local policymakers. Advocacy goals for the next year include identifying two or three top public health priorities to champion among legislators.

Upcoming Workforce Development Opportunities

Unleashing the Power of Public Health
September 25—27, 2018
Columbia, MO
Conference objectives include:
  •  Provide information for public health professionals and governing body members, and partnership efforts to enhance the coordination of health and human services for Missourians,
  •  Provide an environment for information exchange among individuals involved in and impacted by the provision, support and use of public health services, and
  •  Increase individuals’ involvement in associations with a commitment to improving the health of all Missourians.

Presented by Missouri Public Health Association, Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Missouri Institute for Community Health, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Download registration form or contact MPHA at 573-634-7977.

Inaugural Missouri Environmental Health Association (MEHA) Fall Training
October 4—5, 2018
Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, MO
Online registration and additional information is available at