Formed in 2001, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) is a collaborative effort of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, the state of Missouri, health providers, and community members to improve the health of uninsured and underinsured citizens in St. Louis City and County. Read more about the RHC’s history and formation.

Our team is led by an appointed board of Commissioners and three peer-elected advisory boards of community leaders, health care providers, and patients. The RHC gathers input from these leaders on a monthly basis to advance the mission.

Our Mission

Increase access to health care for people who are medically uninsured and underinsured

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Reduce health disparities among populations in the St. Louis City and County region

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Improve health outcomes among populations in the St. Louis City and County region, especially among those most at risk

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Our Strategic Priorities

For 2020, the strategic priorities for RHC include:

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Team Culture

  • Continue to monitor and address team culture through leadership transition
  • Elevate racial equity and trauma-informed, self-care practices throughout culture and policies
  • Provide professional development opportunities
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Board Governance

  • Select new Chief Executive Officer
  • Hold strategic planning session to provide visioning for the future and sustainability of the organization
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Legislative Priorities

  • Develop staff capacity to lead advocacy efforts
  • Provide support and advocacy to the Healthcare for Missouri initiative
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Regional Policy

  • Track regional policy priorities related to access to care and provide periodic updates to Commission and Advisory Boards
  • Lead planning efforts in the event of significant changes to the St. Louis safety net landscape as a result of policy changes
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Gateway Operations

  • Maintain role as fiscal agent by managing funds flow, member services, medical referrals, utilization management, call center operations and other critical day-to-day services
  • Complete all quarterly and annual reporting requirements for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Secure non-Federal match funding
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Chronic Pain Initiative

  • Provide trainings to health center staff on new physical function improvement benefit
  • Monitor implementation of new physical function improvement benefit- pending approval, May 2020
  • Develop communications strategy to empower patients to effectively monitor chronic pain
  • Explore opportunities to replicate physical function models and best practices
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Access to Care Data Book

  • Release 2019 Access to Care (ATC) Report
  • Explore new platforms for collecting and reporting access to care data
  • Develop supplemental key findings reports to the ATC report
  • Utilize data to inform regional initiatives and elevate community voice
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Community Engagement

  • Continue to manage RHC Provider Services and Community Advisory Boards
  • Continue to develop infrastructure for Patient Advisory Board
  • Release new website and newsletter
  • Promote the importance of completing Census 2020
  • Revamp social media platforms
  • Re-establish relationships with local media outlets
  • Strategically position RHC staff on committees and boards to generate systems change
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Regional Collaborations

  • Continue to support efforts of key RHC partners to improve health care integration (St. Louis Integrated Health Network/Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis/Alive & Well Communities)
  • Coordinate with external partners on current regional initiatives
  • Promote regional priorities established by St. Louis Partnership for Healthy Communities (CHA/CHIP initiative)


To learn about the RHC’s Mission or Strategic Priorities, please contact Rikki Takeyama Menn.