Achieving zero health disparities through community and health system partnerships across Missouri

Health Justice: The Promise of Zero Health Disparities

We know that all communities experience harm from trauma, and those exposed to the trauma of racism are at higher risk of unjust health outcomes. The merger between the Regional Health Commission and Alive & Well Communities implement a statewide strategy of bringing together cross-sector stakeholders and community members around a common goal of building healthy, healed communities. We believe it is possible to facilitate co-creation between impacted community members and our state’s institutions to change the conditions in our state that lead to early death and to facilitate healing from the trauma of injustice.

Upcoming Events

  • Patient Advisory Board Meeting

    RHC Patient Advisory Board members meet monthly to advise and shape the RHC’s work.  The meeting will be held via Zoom. These meetings are open to…

    Monday, July 22, 2024 9:30 am - 11:30 am Zoom
  • Trauma Awareness Training

    This program is free of charge and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to participate. This presentation will explore: The presentation sets the groundwork…

    Wednesday, August 14, 2024 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Kansas City Public Library Westport Branch
    118 Westport Rd
    Kansas City, MO 64111
  • Trauma Awareness Training

    This virtual program is free of charge and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to participate. This presentation will explore: The presentation sets the…

    Wednesday, September 11, 2024 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Zoom
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RHC and Alive and Well Communities Announce Affiliation to Advance Health Equity Across the State of Missouri

On March 16, 2023 the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) and Alive and Well Communities (AWC) announced an affiliation to advance health equity across the State of Missouri and beyond. AWC became a subsidiary of RHC, effective February 24, 2023.

The official merger event, “Health Justice: The Promise of Zero Health Disparities,” was held on Tuesday, September 26. The main event was held in Sikeston, MO with satellite locations in St. Louis and Kansas City.

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RHC Announces New Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Chair 

RHC Announces New Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Chair 

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) Board of Commissioners unanimously voted on May 22, 2024, that effective immediately Riisa Rawlins has been named as the permanent Chief Executive Officer. Rawlins was selected after serving as Interim CEO of the organization beginning November 1, 2023.   The vote confirming Rawlins’ leadership position comes three months after…

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Riisa Rawlins, Interim CEO of the RHC gives keynote speech at 2024 UMSL Women Trailblazer Awards

Riisa Rawlins, Interim CEO of the RHC gives keynote speech at 2024 UMSL Women Trailblazer Awards

Riisa Rawlins, interim chief executive officer of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, quoted the remarkable Maya Angelou in her keynote address at the 2024 Women Trailblazer Awards at the University of Missouri–St. Louis last week. “I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman Since its inception in 1995, the Women Trailblazer Awards recognize UMSL women…

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