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COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic unfolds, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) is taking steps to protect the health and well-being of our staff, stakeholders, and community. The RHC is following the Center for Disease Control’s and local health departments’ recommendations for “social distancing”.  RHC related meetings and activities will be canceled or held virtually until April 30. We will continue to closely monitor the status of COVID-19 in our region and the United States and make decisions on future meetings based on the health and safety of our community.

RHC Names Angela Fleming Brown as CEO

ST. LOUIS, February 6, 2020 — Cheryl D. S. Walker, Chair of the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC), announced today that Angela Fleming Brown has been selected to lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Brown was selected following an extensive, nationwide search.

Public Notice to Amend Missouri’s Gateway to Better Health Section 1115 Demonstration Project to Add a Physical Function Improvement Benefit

ST. LOUIS, September 30, 2019 – The State of Missouri, Department of Social Services (DSS), hereby notifies the public of its intent to amend the Gateway to Better Health Demonstration to add a physical function improvement benefit. A copy of the full amendment request under consideration may be found at We are providing this notice pursuant to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements in 42 C.F.R. 431.408.

Gateway to Better Health Adds Substance Use Disorder Services

ST. LOUIS, April 2, 2019 — The State of Missouri has received approval to provide substance use disorder treatment services to its “Gateway to Better Health” (Gateway) Pilot Program population from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition to current services, the Gateway network of community primary care providers will now be able to offer office visits, counseling and generic medications for substance use disorder treatment to the Gateway population.

The 2018 Access to Care Report is now available!

As part of our mission to improve the health of uninsured citizens in St. Louis City and County, the RHC produces an annual “Access to Care” data book to review community-wide progress toward strengthening the health care safety net system in the region. Download the report to learn more and contact Rikki Menn ( to schedule a presentation about the status of our healthcare safety net.

There are low-cost health options in St. Louis — but not where the need is greatest

“The growing need reflects the changing demographics of the region, Robert Fruend, the commission’s CEO said. North St. Louis was long considered the neediest part of the city. As a result, majority of the region’s low-cost health clinics are there. But ‘over time, over the last 20 to 30 years, that node of this concentrated circle of poverty and need that we had in our region has migrated outwards,’ Fruend said.”

Check out this St. Louis Public Radio story which highlights our recent report “Geography Matters: The Impact of Regionality on Safety Net Access Trends in St. Louis.”

Screening & Discussion of “The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital”

In partnership with the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and CareSTL Health, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission is proud to co-sponsor a screening of “The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital”. Please save the date and join us the evening of Wednesday, July 25, 2018, on the historic Homer G. Phillips Hospital grounds at CareSTL Health (2425 North Whittier Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63113). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Joyce Fitzpatrick, producer Rebecca Robinson, and other local guests. Additional details will follow at a later date.

Gateway to Better Health receives five-year extension

“’If we wouldn’t have gotten CHIPS renewed, Gateway renewed, and the community health center funding, we would have seen a significant reduction in access,’ Fruend said. ‘We would have seen significant job loss, and we would have seen site closures.’” Check out Thursday’s issue of the St. Louis American to learn more about the extension of the Gateway to Better Health program and the healthcare safety net in St. Louis.