Telling Missouri's Public Health Stories

Across Missouri public health stakeholders are addressing challenges, barriers and inequities with innovative solutions, unique partnerships and engaging programs. Read their stories to learn how they are working to build a #HealthierMO.

  • Staff-Sharing Model Facilitates Quality

    Bolivar, MO (Polk County)

    Rural communities struggle to hire quality professional staff when they can only offer part-time work and no benefits. One local public health agency in southwest Missouri has built a business model that offers a win-win situation for all involved and ensures quality, professional public health services can be provided in a rural community of any size.

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  • Farmers' Market on Wheels

    Troy, MO (Lincoln County)

    A truck loaded with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables rolls into rural communities in central Missouri once a week during the growing season. The Harvest Hauler offers residents access to locally grown produce. In fact, this is their only opportunity to buy fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables in these rural food deserts. This innovative program supports the local economy and improves public health.

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  • Support When 'Life Happens'

    Hartville, MO (Wright County)

    A unique multi-county collaboration started more than 35 years ago improves public health service delivery in nine southcentral Missouri counties today. The same team spirit that helped one health department get on its feet now ensures all nine health departments provide quality, consistent care to women, infants and children through a regional WIC program.

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Share Your Public Health Story

Work with us to share your stories about innovative solutions, community engagement efforts, and other ways you are helping build a #HealthierMO where every resident has the opportunity for a healthier life.

Email your story idea to our Communications Coordinator.