2020 Annual Report Shining Through the Darkness

Showcasing more accomplishments, large and small, that made 2020 a little bit brighter.

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Honoring a Leader in Health

Each year we add a new name to an illustrious list of recipients of our Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award. Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Fenger, head of school at LOGOS, who received the 2020 award during a virtual version of our annual event in December.

Capturing Funding for Missouri

Since its inception in 2010, our MoCAP program has helped local groups apply for and attract federal and national funding for health- or prevention-focused programs. Over time we’ve leveraged our investment to bring in more than $291.5 million to the region.

$44 return

for every $1 invested


captured in 2020

67 proposals

supported in 2020

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Sharing Our View From the Field

Kathleen Holmes, our Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, was featured by Grantmakers in Health in a piece where she shared the Foundation’s approach to driving meaningful change on specific health issues using a wide range of tactics, including systems-level interventions, policy change, capacity-building, and community engagement.

Over the Moon

We’re proud to share that MFH and our work were nominated for four different

LaunchCode 2020 Moonshot Awards:

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Inclusion Award

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Challenge Award

Missouri Foundation for Health
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Dream Award

Kaiser Health News Midwest Bureau
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Collaboration Award

#MissouriCounts 2020 Census Campaign

Staff Honors

Nicole Brueggeman, Manager of Cross-Sector Affairs, was accepted into the 2020 Leadership Missouri program, which aims to identify current and emerging leaders throughout the state, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the state’s opportunities and challenges.

Alexandra Rankin, Director of Government Affairs, was presented with an Excellence in Partnership Award by the North County Inc., Regional Development Association for her work spreading awareness about the 2020 Census in north St. Louis County, a traditionally under-counted area.

Courtney Stewart, Vice President of Strategic Communications, conducted a live, one-on-one interview with Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, during the ComNetworkV virtual conference in October of 2020.

Daniel Waxler, Senior Communications Strategist, was invited to join the 2020 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, a bi-annual fellowship hosted by Grantmakers in Health.

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Convening for the Health of Black Moms and Babies

In September, we joined the Missouri Hospital Association and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to host the 2020 Virtual Convening, where representatives from health organizations across the state discussed ways to provide more equitable care for Black moms and babies.

Cultivating Some of America’s Healthiest Schools

All but two of the 37 schools in Missouri that earned a spot on The Alliance for a Healthier Generation's 2020 list of America’s Healthiest Schools have participated in our Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative! Learning healthy habits early will help set these students up for a lifetime of success.

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Helping Women Pursue the Future They Want

In July, six additional health centers with 19 locations joined our The Right Time initiative. Through this work, these partner clinics are offering free or low-cost birth control and making it easier for Missouri women, including those who are uninsured or underinsured, to receive quality contraceptive services.

Improving the State of Health Journalism

Cara Anthony, one of Kaiser Health News Midwest Bureau’s correspondents, had her story about how Black people learn to navigate racism in America featured in TIME magazine.

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Welcome to Our Newest Employees

  • Molly Crisp, Senior Communications Strategist
  • Katherine Fritz, Vice President of Learning and Research
  • Marcel Scaife, Strategist – Initiatives
  • Ally Siegler, Health Policy Strategist
  • Megan Simmons, Senior Research Strategist
  • Torey Wall, Accounting Coordinator
  • Brian Washington, Strategist – Initiatives
  • Sheldon Weisgrau, Vice President of Health Policy