Celebrating and Learning

What We’re Celebrating

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Dr. Dwayne Proctor

A year ago, we welcomed Dr. Dwayne Proctor to the Foundation as our president and CEO. With a bold vision, he is building a strategy to support our efforts to achieve health equity in the next decade. Learn more about his life and vision here.

COVID Vaccinations in Missouri

COVID Vaccine

Over 3.4 million Missourians are fully vaccinated, and 77% of Missourians ages 18 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Though we still have more work to do, it’s important we pause to acknowledge this progress.

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Safer Homes Collaborative

The Safer Homes Collaborative, a suicide prevention effort, is focused on building awareness of when and how to store guns properly, particularly around someone who may be experiencing a crisis. The program, led by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, aims to address the connection between increasing gun ownership and suicide among Black men.

What We’re Learning 

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Missouri’s Public Health Pandemic Response

Together with researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Foundation examined the effectiveness of Missouri’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three new regional reports, representing Southwest Missouri, Northeast Missouri, and the St. Louis region, provide context from conversations with local stakeholders and residents about their experiences in each area as the crisis unfolded.

These reports highlight shared challenges as well as assets and barriers from each location’s public health approach. Recommendations from this research can inform strategies to strengthen our state’s public health system to be more responsive and resilient to future emergencies.  

St Louis Digital Divide

Digital Divide

The future of the St. Louis region’s economy and workforce depends on ensuring access to affordable, quality high-speed broadband, devices, digital literacy, and tech support. But right now, nearly half of all households in St. Louis City and County are affected by some aspect of the digital divide. A recent report provides a detailed and actional assessment to address the challenges. Visit to learn more. 

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