Learning and Research

Discovering new pathways toward progress

The journey to achieve health equity is just as important as the destination. Learning and research inform our work, helping us make decisions that guide us along the way. Collaborating with partners, we measure the impact and effectiveness of our systems change work. This approach enables us to show our results, refocus our efforts when needed, and expand our state’s evidence base on the many factors that influence health.  

Find out more about how we’re using learning and research to build an equitable future for Missourians. 

Firearm Violence Prevention  

  • Together, with the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, we’re supporting four projects to get a more in-depth understanding of effective policies for addressing firearm violence.   
  • We’re also working with the FrameWorks Institute to develop a research-based guide for how to have productive conversations about the need for policies and strategies that reduce injuries and deaths from firearms in Missouri. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Research 

  • We commissioned a research project to better understand Missourians’ attitudes and perceptions about the COVID vaccine to ensure all Missourians were included in public education efforts. As a result, this work has been turned into a messaging toolkit that is supporting outreach and education efforts in communities across the state, so everyone has the information they need to make the best choice for themselves and their families. 

Pandemic Response 

When public health catastrophes like the pandemic occur, we’re able to explore all the ways structural inequities manifest. The results from our two latest projects will give us a fuller picture of how current systems negatively impact marginalized populations, allowing us to be more reflective and generate more meaningful observations, as we identify ways systems can be disrupted and transformed to work for everyone.

Questions? Contact:

Katherine Fritz

Vice President of Learning & Research

(314) 345-5557

kfritz@mffh.org