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Our Blueprint

#HealthierMO is committed to helping all Missouri residents reach our full potential and live our healthiest lives. We work actively with diverse contributors to ensure that every Missouri community has a skilled public health workforce, a strong network of partners, stable funding streams, policies, and a reliable service delivery system.


These foundational public health capabilities support good health and well-being for all of us.

Our Model: Foundational

Public Health Services

Missouri's Foundational Public Health Services model defines a minimum set of fundamental capabilities and areas of expertise that must be available in every community.


Explore the model. Click on individual pieces or click and drag a capability to align with an area of expertise to learn more.

View a short video that explains the model.

Learn how to explain the model to employees, partners, and community

Read about how the model was developed in Missouri.

Access tools and resources to help inplement the model in daily operations.

Learn more about the structure of Missouri's public health system.


Our Team

#HealthierMO brings together public health and all the public, private, and voluntary partners that contribute to delivering essential public health services in Missouri. We leverage our diverse experiences, knowledge, expertise, and relationships in order to build a healthier Missouri for all of us.  

Professional Organizations Group

Initiative Staff


I am energized by the relationships being built in the interest of improving public health in Missouri. I'm seeing trust being improved between adn among the professional public organizations, health car,e and local public health.

This is perhaps the most important work I've been involved in over the course of my 23-year public health career. The future is now, and it is critical that we set a solid foundation for the next generation of public health professionals in Missouri.

There have been many individuals and groups that have historically worked to improve public health locally and throughout Missouri. Too often there has not been effective collaboration. The goal of HealthierMO is to engage every public health worker, agency, and partner in the public health system to work together to be able to provide the services needed to protect the health and safety of all Missourians.


Our Challenge

Missouri's public health system is made up of a state health department and 114 autonomous local public health agencies with varying governance structures and funding sources.


Universities, public and private organizations, non-profit entities, and many other groups and individuals contribute to building a strong, stable, and lasting foundation for community health.


Our Progress

Phase 1:  

  • Convene stakeholders and identify priority focus areas for public health system transformation.

  • Facilitate collaboration among Missouri's professional organizations focused on public health.

  • Develop a communication strategy

Phase 2:  

  • Identify foundational public health services and develop a model

  • Conduct a capacity assessment of Missouri's public health system

  • Facilitate collaboration among Missouri's professional organizations focused on public health

  • Continue to grow understanding of and engagement in the initiative


Our Timeline



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© 2020 #HealthierMO, an initiative of the Missouri Public Health Association, with support from Missouri State University.

Funding provided by Missouri Foundation for Health and Health Forward Foundation.

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