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Healthy Lives – Healthy Communities Conference

Friday, April 29, 2016

Courtyard by Marriott • Columbia, Missouri

Conference Brochure

Speaker Bios

The Center for Health Policy’s health equity conference took place on April 29, 2016 at Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia, MO. This year’s objectives were to review the root causes of health disparities, what strategies work to address those and building inclusive communities, schools and health care systems. Rev. Starsky Wilson from the Deaconess Foundation, Robert Murphy from the Maryland State Department of Education, Kristofor Husted and Bram Sable-Smith KBIA were among the presenters, along with Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of the Jennings School District; Carla London, Student and Family Advocacy Supervisor at the Columbia Public Schools,  Gwendolyn Grant, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Kansas City; Theresa Reyes-Cummings, Director of Program Development with the Jackson County Mental Health Fund and Nancy Cambria, Children & Families Reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Conference Sponsors:

 This conference would not be possible without the support of the following organizations:

  •  Missouri Foundation for Health
  • REACH Healthcare Foundation
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Primaris
  • University of Missouri Health Care
  • University of Missouri School of Nursing
  • University of Missouri School of Social Work
  • University of Missouri School of Health Professions

Keynote: Philanthropic Theories of Change

Rev. Starsky Wilson

President & CEO of Deaconess Foundation,

Pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) and co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission

Keynote: Ensuring Success for All: Reducing Disparities to Improve Graduation

Robert Murphy, Med

Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

Exploring structural inequities and prejudice in systems that impact health

SHORTAGE IN RICH LAND: Stories from the Missouri Bootheel

Kristofor Husted and Bram Sable-Smith, KBIA

Concurrent Session 1: Moving towards health equity: successes and challenges

  • Nancy Kelley, MA, Director for Expanding Coverage, Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Doris Boeckman, Partner/COO, Community Asset Builders, LLC, HealthTran
  • Sarah Gentry, MSW, Policy Director, Missouri Health Care for All

Concurrent Session 2: Engaging communities in reducing health disparities

  • Melissa Robinson, President, Black Health Care Coalition
  • Nina Howard, Director of Community Access and Engagement, Samuel Rodgers Health Center
  • Laurel Walter-Baumstark, MD, Brittany Tru Campbell, Co-founder and Executive Director, Community Birth and Wellness Center, Jessica Henman, Director, Birth and Wellness Center O’Fallon


Concurrent Session 1: Moving towards health equity: successes and challenges

  • Dave Martineau, MSW, Executive Director, NCCJ St Louis
  • Elizabeth Fuchs, MSW, Manager of Public Policy, PROMO
  • Kenneth Haller, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, St Louis University School of Medicine

Concurrent Session 2: Regional health equity partnerships

  • Clay Goddard, MPH, Assistant Director of Health, Springfield-Greene County Health Department Ozarks Health Commission
  • Gary Harbison, MA, Missouri Oral Health Coalition
  • John Dane, DDS, Missouri State Dental Director, Department of Social Services



Building Inclusive Clinics Workshop
Columbia, Missouri
April 28, 2016

Join us for an 8 hour introductory workshop that builds awareness and support for inclusion through short presentations, experiential activities, reflection, and dialogue. In collaboration with NCCJ St. Louis

Building Inclusive Communities Workshop April 28, 2016, Columbia

Community Health Worker Models that Work

Community health workers are helping patients grow, develop confidence, ability to communicate their medical needs, advocate for themselves and learn about available resources. Community health worker programs can help organizations and systems save money because they help reduce hospital readmissions and emergency department visits by providing health literacy and other patient support. These are just some of the examples underlined in the video developed by MOHEC, which highlights the experience of the Kansas City CARE Clinic, a free clinic targeting the underserved in the KC metro area. The video describes the role of community health workers, and highlights examples of how they interact with and support patients. The Kansas City CARE Clinic has had great success with this program and has seen improvements in the number of patients that have stopped visiting the emergency department because the patients worked with a community health worker.

Health Equity Meetings

Upcoming Regional Meetings

Join our regional meetings as we continue our community conversations.

  • Discuss what’s happening in your area.
  • Share your work, successes, and concerns.
  • Collaborate with area organizations and individuals.
  • Enjoy lunch and plenty of time to network.

Interested in a Community Conversation in your area? Contact Nick Butler.

All Missourians should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, ability and any other aspect of a person’s identity. Health starts in our communities, where we live, learn, work and play. As we collectively work to make good health and access to health care a reality for all Missourians, the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative (MOHEC) supports efforts to ensure all Missourians have these opportunities. MOHEC.org provides the tools and resources that can help individuals and communities raise the bar for everyone. Get involved today!

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