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RHC in the Media

  • Any City of St. Louis resident can now get a free COVID-19 test
    ST. LOUIS, July 2, 2020 – Any resident of the City of St. Louis may now get a free test for COVID-19. Up until now due to limited supplies, COVID-19 testing in the city has been restricted to those persons showing symptoms. Through a partnership with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, free tests are…
  • Regional Health Commission awarded $1M for COVID-19 outreach
    ST. LOUIS, June 19, 2020 – The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) has been awarded a $1 million grant from  Missouri Foundation for Health for the second phase of the PrepareSTL campaign. In its first phase, Prepare STL provided information and resources to people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 – low-to-moderate income African Americans and people of…
  • St. Louisans Can Now Get Coronavirus Tests For Free, Even If They Don’t Feel Sick
    ST. LOUIS – June 10, 2020 – St. Louis and St. Louis County officials are urging people who may have contracted the coronavirus to get tested, even if they don’t have a cough, fever or other common symptoms. County Executive Sam Page said Wednesday that two county-run health centers will begin providing free testing to…
  • Free COVID-19 testing for all St. Louis City residents is now available
    ST. LOUIS, June 8, 2020 – The City of St. Louis announced they are now offering free COVID-19 testing for city residents. The city’s health department is working with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission to offer the testing. The resident does not need to have any symptoms to be tested for the virus. This…
  • Sick alone, mourning alone: COVID-19 hits the elderly and African Americans the hardest in Missouri
    ST. LOUIS, June 8, 2020 — Nine of 10 Missourians killed by COVID-19 are 60 or older. Almost half are 80 or older. African Americans, also, are disproportionately dying: Black residents make up 12% of the state’s population, but well more than one-third of Missouri’s coronavirus deaths. In St. Louis and St. Louis County, they…
  • No Symptoms Needed: COVID testing open to all in St. Louis city residents
    ST. LOUIS, June 5, 2020 – The City of St. Louis Department of Health is partnering with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and local federally qualified health centers to offer COVID-19 testing to any city resident who would like to get tested. This makes the City of St. Louis the first jurisdiction in Missouri…
  • Empowering patients for 30-plus years: Rosetta Keeton is 2020 Lifetime Achiever in Healthcare
    ST. LOUIS, June 4, 2020 – When patient advocate Rosetta Keeton was young, her father worked three jobs to take care of his wife and five children. But he was ill, Keeton said, and didn’t have insurance. As she got older, Keeton would take her father to the emergency room at Homer G. Phillips Hospital,…
  • ‘This is what happens to us’: How U.S. cities lost precious time to protect black residents from the coronavirus
    June 3, 2020 – Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins had a hunch. He had used data compiled for emergency responders in late March to create a computerized map showing cases of the novel coronavirus by address. A cluster of red pins curved around downtown and extended into black neighborhoods toward the city’s western edge. At the…
  • Angela Fleming Brown appointed to Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council
    ST. LOUIS, May 14, 2020 — The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) announced the appointment of Angela Fleming Brown, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Health, to one its three independent Appraisal Councils – the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC). “Each of the independent Appraisal Councils plays a vital role,”…
  • City must provide masks if it requires mask, health board chair says
    ST. LOUIS, May 14, 2020 – Buses and some businesses will be able to turn people away for not wearing masks when public health restrictions are lifted on Monday, May 18 in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.  That means people who can’t afford or find masks will be denied services that they…
  • More than $2M coming to expand COVID-19 testing in STL
    ST. LOUIS, May 12, 2020 –More than $2 million in new federal funds is coming to the St. Louis region’s health centers to expand COVID-19 testing. Affinia Healthcare will receive $754,549, Betty Jean Kerr’s People’s Health Centers will receive $606,619, Family Care Health Centers will receive $410,554, and CareSTL Health will receive $398,359. The funding…
  • Local foundation giving $2.2 million worth of grants to black-led organizations
    ST. LOUIS, April 29, 2020 – African Americans are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 in St. Louis and one person is offering millions worth of grants to those who are making a difference in the community.  So many people are pinching pennies and trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents. People are…
  • Deaconess funding black-led COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts
    ST. LOUIS, April 24, 2020 – “When black people are dying, black people should be in charge of the healing process for what is killing them,” Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, told The St. Louis American. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to say something.’” Knowing that money talks, and speaking as the leader of…
  • PrepareSTL: some visual reminders about how we can save lives
    ST. LOUIS, April 20, 2020 – Physicians and health care leaders from BJC HealthCare, Mercy, SSM Health and St. Luke’s Hospital and our academic medical institutions, Saint Louis University and Washington University Schools of Medicine, are partnering to help the St. Louis region through the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic…
  • Local health organizations partner to reach most vulnerable during coronavirus crisis
    ST. LOUIS, April 14, 2020 – The Regional Health Commission, along with the City of St. Louis Department of Health and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, have joined forces to conduct a unified communication and outreach campaign to reach the most vulnerable and underserved population during the coronavirus pandemic. That campaign, PrepareSTL, will…
  • New publicity effort on coronavirus aims at black residents in St. Louis, St. Louis County
    ST. LOUIS, April 9, 2020 – Beginning Saturday, canvassers in masks and gloves will hand out flyers and put up posters with the stay home/social distancing message at more than 300 gas stations, convenience stores and other high-visibility spots in black-majority areas of St. Louis and north St. Louis County. It’s part of Prepare STL,…
  • ‘It’s about social inequities’ | Data shows African Americans are more impacted by COVID-19 in the St. Louis area
    ST. LOUIS, April 9, 2020 – More areas are beginning to release racial data when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the St. Louis area, the virus appears to be affecting African Americans more than any other race, according to most recent available data. As of April 9, all 13 COVID-19 deaths in the…
  • COVID-19 Regional Response Team Forms to Meet Social Needs: Coordinated team to focus efforts on region’s most vulnerable populations
    ST. LOUIS, April 8, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health challenge unlike anything we have faced in over a century. As with prior crises, it is the most vulnerable who stand to suffer and lose the most. Already stretched social service providers are working hard to respond to a new reality that…
  • St. Louis area leaders, groups come together to form centralized COVID-19 response team
    ST. LOUIS, April 8, 2020 – Leaders and organizations in St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Madison County and St. Clair County have come together to form a regional team to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Regional Response team will build on the knowledge and experience of established organizations and form…
  • PrepareSTL tires to slow the spread of COVID-19 in high-poverty Zip codes
    ST. LOUIS, April 8, 2020 – Starting the weekend of April 11, canvassers, outfitted in personal protection equipment, are going to high-visibility community hotspots in the St. Louis region, such as grocery and convenience stores, gas stations, laundromats, and check cashing businesses. They are placing posters, sandwich boards and flyers at these locations, warning about…
  • Coronavirus notebook: North city testing site added, $15M in funding committed
    ST. LOUIS, March 31, 2020 – Another testing site for COVID-19 is ramping up as the coronavirus continues to spread across the St. Louis region. Nonprofit health center operator Affinia Healthcare on Thursday will open an appointment-only COVID-19 testing station at its 1717 Biddle St. location in north St. Louis, supported in part by the St. Louis Regional Health…
  • Regional Health Commission Names Angela Fleming Brown as Chief Executive Officer
    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.

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