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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2021 Strategic Priorities

Team Building

  • Continue to monitor and address team culture through transition
  • Elevate racial equity and trauma-informed (self-care) practices through culture and policies
  • Provide professional develop opportunities

Strategic Planning

  • Facilitate group meetings with key stakeholders to create consensus regarding a strategic vision and plan
  • Design and facilitate an actionable strategic plan, including projected budget for implementation
  • Gather and synthesize internal and external stakeholder input to inform strategic plan

Organization Identity

  • Design and propose changes to organizational identity based on analysis
  • Develop detailed corporate identity package including fonts, other graphic elements, and color palettes for a host of collateral materials
  • Develop and propose relaunch and integration process and timeline

Gateway to Better Health

  • Finalize phase-out plan
  • Transition Gateway members to Medicaid Expansion
  • Complete all reporting requirements for CMS

Physical Function Benefit

  • Implement new physical function benefit, effective January 1, 2021

Regional Policy

  • Track regional policy priorities related to access to care and provide periodic updates to Commission and Advisory Boards
  • Engage in advocacy and policy efforts that align with mission of organization
  • Develop relationships and regular communication pathways with local, statewide, and federal representatives to understand and inform health policy agenda

Access to Care Data Book

  • Release 2020 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

Community Engagement

  • Continue to manage RHC advisory boards
  • Strategically position RHC staff on committees and boards to generate systems change
  • Continue to engage in efforts that address the COVID-19 pandemic (PrepareSTL, St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, Regional Response Team, etc.)

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)
  • Promote and support regional priorities established by St. Louis Partnership for Healthy Communities (CHA/CHIP initiative)
  • Oversee the implementation of the Bullet Related Injury Clinic (BRIC) pilot and develop plan for long-term sustainability


To learn about the RHC’s Mission or Strategic Priorities, please contact Riisa Rawlins-Easley.