RHCxAWC Merger and Next Steps

RHCxAWC Merger and Next Steps

Background 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. We know that all communities experience harm from trauma, and those exposed to the trauma…

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RHC and Deaconess Foundation Partner for Seniors Community Revitalization & Development

RHC and Deaconess Foundation Partner for Seniors Community Revitalization & Development

Background on the Seniors Community Fund On October 9th, the RHC in partnership with Deaconess Foundation, launched a $350,000 Seniors Community Revitalization & Development Fund (Seniors Community Fund) to support services for seniors in the region. The Seniors Community Fund aims to improve the public health system infrastructure to better serve residents 55 years of…

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: MERGER EVENT

Health Justice – The Promise of Zero Health Disparities Join the Regional Health Commission and Alive & Well Communities for our merger event, “Health Justice: The Promise of Zero Health Disparities,” on Tuesday, September 26. One event, three locations: the main event will be held in Sikeston, MO with satellite locations in STL and KC. …

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2023 Missouri Legislative Wrap-Up Report

2023 Missouri Legislative Wrap-Up Report

Following the conclusion of the 2023 Missouri legislative session on May 12th, the RHC has published a legislative “wrap-up” to summarize the wins, losses, and issues to keep an eye on going forward. You can read the full wrap-up here, or find summaries of the key policy issues we are tracking below. If you missed…

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RHC Serving on Organizing Team for 2023 St. Louis Racial Equity Summit

RHC Serving on Organizing Team for 2023 St. Louis Racial Equity Summit

The Regional Health Commission is joining the St. Louis Community Foundation, The Clark-Fox Policy Institute, FOCUS St. Louis, Forward Through Ferguson, Freedom Community Center, A Red Circle, InvestSTL, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis to host the third Racial Equity Summit in St. Louis on November 9-11, 2023. The 2023 Summit theme is…

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Message from the CEO- June 2023

Message from the CEO- June 2023

I recently read an article from the Missouri Independent titled, “Study reveals staggering toll of being Black in America: 1.6 million excess deaths over 22 years.” In summary, the article concluded that Black people live sicker lives and die younger than white people, and these deaths are fueled by higher rates of preventable health conditions….

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RHC partners with Aetna for Community Health Fair

RHC partners with Aetna for Community Health Fair

On Thursday, May 18, the Regional Health Commission and Aetna sponsored a community health fair hosted at Monument of Faith Church for seniors in the Jennings community. The event was an effort to provide seniors who were impacted by the December 2022 flooding with toiletries and to educate them on their health insurance plan and…

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RHC Releases Statement on Gender-Affirming Care

RHC Releases Statement on Gender-Affirming Care

On April 27th, the Regional Health Commission released a statement on gender-affirming care in response to the Missouri Attorney General’s emergency regulation. Read the statement from the RHC below, or click to download a pdf version. The St. Louis Regional Health Commission and Alive and Well Communities advocate for access to gender-affirming care for transgender…

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Legislative Spotlight:  HB 1148 and HB 900

Legislative Spotlight: HB 1148 and HB 900

On April 26th, the Regional Health Commission submitted testimony in support of policies that would increase access to maternity care by expanding insurance coverage for maternity services by midwives and doulas. The statement is available below, or click here to download a pdf version. HB1148 and HB 900 would require each health carrier or health…

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RHC joins 150 Missouri organizations opposing DEI budget language

RHC joins 150 Missouri organizations opposing DEI budget language

On April 11th, the Regional Health Commission joined over 150 Missouri business and non-profit leaders asking the Missouri Senate to remove harmful anti-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) language that was added into the house budget. The Missouri Times published an article highlighting the sign-on letter from the Missouri Budget Project, and the additional organizations opposed…

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