Advocacy – a tool for achieving policy and systemic change – is a key strategic priority of the RHC. Our advocacy efforts, which remain non-partisan, evidence-based, collaborative, and patient/person-centered, bolster our mission to improve access to health care, improve health outcomes, and eliminate health disparities.
Actions We Prioritize
- Take a firm position on policies that improve health outcomes and increase access to care
- Leverage other organizations to share and support advocacy issues
- Utilize data and patient/provider stories to elevate patient concerns
- Empower and educate advisory boards and patients with advocacy tools and trainings
- Strengthen relationships with elected officials and provide education
After months of campaigning and organizing, in August 2020, Missourians passed a ballot measure to expand Medicaid and improve the health of our state. The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) is committed to ensuring Medicaid expansion’s timely and effective implementation in July 2021.
Currently, nearly 600,000 Missourians, or almost 1 in 10, do not have health insurance. Medicaid expansion will cover an additional 230,000 Missourians, including people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma. Expansion will extend eligibility and cover adults earning less than $18,000 per year as an individual, and less than $30,000 for a family of three (138% of the federal poverty level).
We need to hold our state accountable to implement the expansion of this life saving program. Check back for more details on how you can help.
The St. Louis Regional Health Commission is a proud partner of the upcoming 2021 St. Louis Mayoral Primary Candidate Forum, hosted by The Social Policy & Electoral Accountability Collaborative (SPEAC).
The mayoral forum will feature questions crafted from the Ferguson Commission’s Calls to Action aimed at giving St. Louisans’ a sense of how this year’s mayoral candidates plan to make St. Louis a more racially equitable city.
Save the date for the run-off Mayoral Candidate Forum: March 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm! Registration link to come.
Stay informed about upcoming elections and make your voice heard! Your vote impacts the health of your community. Visit the RHC’s Vote Safe page for more information on how to vote safely in the upcoming elections.
Collectively design and align strategies with regional efforts.
Develop shared advocacy action steps with advisory boards and partners.
Educate advisory boards, the Commission, legislators, and the community on policy updates and action steps.
Leverage partner organizations to activate their own communities.
Advocate for specific policy changes at institutional, regional, state-wide, and federal levels.
Our Priority Areas
- Legislative Spotlight: “Preemption Bills”What are “Preemption Bills”? There is a lot of information swirling around about “preemption bills”. To start, what are they? Preemption bills are pieces of legislation that could limit the ability of local agencies to make public health rulings.
To learn more about the RHC’s Health Policy and Advocacy work, please contact Amanda Harris.