Missouri Foundation for Health
Missouri Foundation for Health Unveils Redesigned Website with Enhanced Functionality and Accessibility Features
The Foundation has also revealed its new aspirational vision statement
Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) has launched its newly redesigned website, aimed at providing an improved online experience for visitors. The revamped site not only offers enhanced functionality and user friendliness, but also incorporates features and best practices that are designed to make the site more accessible to people with disabilities. This milestone coincides with the unveiling of MFH’s new vision statement – “Missourians from all backgrounds will have a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest lives.” The updated vision further underlines the organization’s commitment to health equity.
Web accessibility is a substantial barrier for many people. While over 26% of American adults live with a disability, only around 3% of the web is accessible. The new website reflects the Foundation’s commitment to intersectional equity by ensuring that people with disabilities can access MFH’s resources, opportunities, and information. MFH partnered with Level Access to integrate best practices and testing into the site from the ground up. This included using an array of tools and software, but more importantly, live testing by individuals with real accessibility needs. The new site works toward conforming to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines’ version 2.1, Level AA criteria. Enhancements include meeting requirements for color contrast, alternative text for images that contain meaning, and improved screen-reader compatibility.
“It’s one thing to have our website meet rigorous accessibility standards according to an automated scan of the site,” explained Courtney McCall, Vice President of Strategic Communications at MFH. “It’s entirely different to have real people interact with the site and see how it works for them. What technically meets benchmarks might not meet the spirit of increased accessibility for all our visitors, so human testing was essential to our website refresh.”
Other updates for mffh.org include a more robust repository for publications and reports, heightened prominence for translation and interpretation services, and a new section showcasing some of MFH’s Legacy Endeavors. The site has also seen an aesthetic overhaul and now features more imagery of real Missourians as well as a new focus on place – highlighting the need for geographic equity as well as the beauty that the state has to offer.
“Our updated vision statement helps us and our partners stay focused on what we aspire to be as a Foundation and what we want to achieve in Missouri,” said MFH President and CEO Dr. Dwayne Proctor. “Our newly imagined website offers a small glimmer of what we’re working toward – a more accessible, more equitable place.”