Responding to Community Ideas

Learning about and engaging with the communities we serve while becoming a resource for them.

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This work is focused on helping organizations cultivate their best ideas, while fostering community-driven solutions to community-defined health priorities.


Why it matters.

Our local partners are intimately familiar with the most pressing issues facing their communities. As a convener and a catalyst for change, it is essential that we listen to and collaborate with these groups, learning from them just as they gain from our expertise and resources. Together we not only work together to improve health, but we also collect critical knowledge about how to most effectively create impact, both now and in the future.

How we’re changing things

  • We’re fostering relationships that result in strong partnerships for impactful work.
  • We’re piloting new ideas and strengthening promising practices that lead to healthier communities.
  • We’re working to improve health fields utilizing evidence-based efforts and demonstrated results.

Learn More About Our Community-Oriented Opportunities:

General Support for Advocacy
Offers support to select organizations engaged in health advocacy.

Opportunity Fund
We believe that the best strategies to address community health issues often come directly from our communities. Through this fund we offer the chance for visionary thinkers to tell us their best ideas with the hope of making them a reality.

Northeast Region

2015 Special Project Grantees

Missouri KidsFirst

Enhancing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Missouri Child Advocacy Centers, All regions

Child abuse victims have improved lifelong health outcomes when they have access to evidence-based trauma-focused mental health services. Currently, there are wide disparities in these services provided by child advocacy centers (CACs). This project will increase availability, quality and access to trauma-focused mental health services for children served by CACs.

Pike County Health Department, Home Care and Hospice

Pike County Behavioral Health Services, Northeast/Pike

The Pike County Behavioral Health Program will increase access to behavioral health and social support services for low-income, underserved residents of Pike County through the development of a coordinated care management system for individuals suffering from mental illness, addiction and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.

Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc.

DD Health Home Pilot, Northeast/Marion

Preferred Family Healthcare, Clarity Healthcare, Marion County Board for the Developmentally Disabled, UMKC Institute for Human Development, and the Department of Mental Health will develop and evaluate a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) focused on improved access to health care, including behavioral and oral healthcare, for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Putnam County Memorial Hospital

Breast Health Initiative, Northeast/Putnam

Putnam County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) and collaborating partners plan to implement a breast health program that will aid early detection of breast cancer by (1) increasing screening rates in Putnam and surrounding counties that are below state average and (2) providing education and outreach services to raise public awareness.

St. Louis Region

2015 Special Project Grantees

Behavioral Health Response (BHR)

Safety First Suicide Follow-Up Program, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis County

Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in BHR’s service area; suicide rates are increasing, and individuals at-risk have limited options for urgent treatment. BHR proposes a comprehensive telephone follow-up program that will save lives by enhancing the continuum of care for those at risk of suicide.

Bi-State Development Research Institute

Feasibility Study for the Implementation of On-Site Medical Services at MetroLink Station, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis County

This project will create a business model for the development of healthcare clinics at MetroLink stations for the provision of routine, non-emergent healthcare services to transit-dependent populations. The use of existing infrastructure will expedite development and improve accessibility to community healthcare services for residents across North St. Louis County.

BJC Behavioral Health

Embedded School Mental Health Services, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis City

Embedded Charter School Mental Health Services will assist students struggling with trauma, dysfunctional family structures, homelessness, abuse/neglect, and/or life in neighborhoods of high poverty, recurring violence, crime, and drug abuse by providing a continuum of mental health services in the school and in partnership with school staff and students’ families.

Bridgeway Behavioral Health

Integration of Treatment and Medicine, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis City

Bridgeway Behavioral Health will provide on-site, primary care services and intensive case management for referrals and resource linkages to 1,700 high-risk/high-need individuals presenting for co-occurring addiction and mental health treatment. The program aims to reduce barriers to health care and to increase health literacy.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.

Improving Health Through Medical-Legal Partnerships, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis City

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri proposes a medical-legal partnership at two St. Louis community health centers to improve patient health through advocacy on social and environmental factors impacting health. The project’s target population is both patients and healthcare providers at Affinia Healthcare and Family Care Healthcare.

Missouri KidsFirst

Enhancing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Missouri Child Advocacy Centers, All regions

Child abuse victims have improved lifelong health outcomes when they have access to evidence-based trauma-focused mental health services. Currently, there are wide disparities in these services provided by child advocacy centers (CACs). This project will increase availability, quality and access to trauma-focused mental health services for children served by CACs.

Saint Louis University

Steps to Better Health for Immigrants and Refugees, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis County

Saint Louis University and Bilingual International Assistant Services propose to partner on a pilot project to improve healthcare interactions and outcomes for immigrants and refugees. Grant funds will allow the project team—mostly immigrants themselves—to facilitate changes in health behaviors that have proven challenging to immigrants.

SSM Health Businesses

The City of St. Louis eHome Project, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis City

The city of St. Louis eHome Project will provide telehealth services to patients who are discharged from the hospital to SSM Home Care in the city of St. Louis. SSM will collaborate with the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA).

St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Intensive Outpatient Program Serving Jefferson County, St. Louis Metro/Jefferson

Hyland Behavioral Health will provide an Intensive Outpatient Program for underinsured teens with behavioral health issues residing in Jefferson County, Missouri. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach, staff will work closely with parents and schools to provide comprehensive mental health treatment and support services, ensuring positive long-term outcomes.

St. Vincent Home for Children

Substance Abuse Treatment Program, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis County

Serving St. Louis City and St. Louis County, LifeRecover is a no-fee intensive 60-day outpatient treatment program for adolescents who abuse substances that provides therapeutic counseling, addiction education, relapse prevention, and supports long-term recovery. LifeRecover encourages responsible changes in behavior that promote healthier lifestyles and relationships.

Central Region

2015 Special Project Grantees

in2Action

Successful and Permanent Transition Project, Central/Boone

The project will address local health gaps for justice-involved people with co-occurring conditions by providing valid assessments, computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy, increasing bed space, and improved data collection and evaluation for residential consumers at in2Action. Long-term impacts include improved life functioning for target population and improved public safety for the community.

Missouri KidsFirst

Enhancing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Missouri Child Advocacy Centers, All regions

Child abuse victims have improved lifelong health outcomes when they have access to evidence-based trauma-focused mental health services. Currently, there are wide disparities in these services provided by child advocacy centers (CACs). This project will increase availability, quality, and access to trauma-focused mental health services for children served by CACs.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) – St. Louis Area

Heroin Awareness Enhancement, St. Louis Metro/Washington

To combat the region’s heroin/opiate epidemic, NCADA intends to add provocative, emotionally charged public service announcements to its arsenal of awareness-raising, attitude-changing tools. This project is intended to change beliefs and behaviors with the ultimate goal of significantly lowering the number of fatal and non-fatal heroin overdoses in eastern Missouri.

OASIS Institute

Reducing Falls Through Collaboration, St. Louis Metro/St. Louis City

OASIS, leading the St. Louis Metropolitan Integrated Health Collaborative, will impact falls among adults ages 60+ through 1) screening, 2) reducing fear of falling, and 3) increasing physical activity. Over two years, 700 individuals will take part in the program, creating a collaborative model for recruitment, implementation, and evaluation

Phoenix Programs Inc.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Anxiety Treatment, Central/Boone

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy project will provide training, structured clinical development, strengthened referral relationships, and ongoing individual and group counseling to address those with anxiety disorders or those who struggle with anxiety and stress. ACT is an emerging best practice nationally, not yet widely available in Missouri.

PedNet Coalition

Vision Zero: Eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, Central/Boone

PedNet Coalition will lead a campaign to reduce Columbia, Missouri’s high rate of traffic fatalities and serious injuries by passing a Vision Zero policy. Vision Zero is a data-driven strategy that influences transportation culture, policy, design, and enforcement in order to move communities toward zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries.

Southwest Region

2015 Special Project Grantees

Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Greene County Triple P, Southwest/Greene

Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ CAN Collaborative is committed to ending child abuse and neglect in Greene County, Missouri. Triple P will be a tool to help strengthen families and bring a community wide culture shift in parenting norms that will impact our community for generations.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Emergency Department Diversion, Southwest/Greene

The Emergency Dental Diversion Initiative links patients who present in hospital emergency departments with oral health issues to Jordan Valley Community Health Center for care. The goal is that patients receive care in the correct environment; establishing them within a patient centered health home to avoid future emergency department over-utilization.

Missouri KidsFirst

Enhancing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Missouri Child Advocacy Centers, All regions

Child abuse victims have improved lifelong health outcomes when they have access to evidence-based trauma-focused mental health services. Currently, there are wide disparities in these services provided by child advocacy centers (CACs). This project will increase availability, quality and access to trauma-focused mental health services for children served by CACs.

Southeast Region

2015 Special Project Grantees

Missouri KidsFirst

Enhancing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Missouri Child Advocacy Centers, All regions

Child abuse victims have improved lifelong health outcomes when they have access to evidence-based trauma-focused mental health services. Currently, there are wide disparities in these services provided by child advocacy centers (CACs). This project will increase availability, quality and access to trauma-focused mental health services for children served by CACs.

Ozark County Health Department

ABC of Diabetes (Actions to Be in Control of Diabetes), Southeast/Ozark

The ABC of Diabetes project bridges a critical education gap in Ozark County by providing individual and group diabetes self-management education (DSME) in a local community setting where no such services currently exist.

Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center

Improving Health Through Trauma Informed Care, Southeast/Mississippi

This is a new project that consists of intensive trauma-informed care paired with recreational activities for children and adults residing in Mississippi County that have suffered multi-layered trauma. The project will attempt to reduce the effects of trauma which will result in healthier lives for the individuals impacted.

Community Contacts

Deidre Griffith

Program Director

(314) 345-5538

dgriffith@mffh.org

Kathleen Holmes

Program Director

(314) 345-5572

kholmes@mffh.org

Matthew Kuhlenbeck

Program Director

(314) 345-5541

mkuhlenbeck@mffh.org