Leaders tackle mental health, access issues

Collaborative studies and surveys highlight an increasingly united regional health care community, which is engaging key problems for underserved populations.

The Springfield-Greene County area is tackling health issues with an innovative and collaborative spirit with unprecedented partnership and alignment.

Our community serves as a regional hub for health care services with two world-class health systems, CoxHealth and Mercy, anchoring the delivery of health care in our community. These systems take a collaborative approach when pursuing opportunities to combat health issues, as evidenced by the Community Health Needs Assessment and the Community Health Improvement Plan that was produced in 2016 in conjunction with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Throughout this process, it became clear that mental health issues, including substance abuse, are among the greatest health challenges for our community to understand and treat. Mental health issues are closely connected to so many other health conditions and are exacerbated by coexisting conditions, including tobacco use, and are further complicated by access and availability of treatment. A concerted effort to better understand and develop a plan to improve mental health in our community was identified as a priority for attention over the next three years.

Community Health Needs Assessment published
Community Health Improvement Plan adopted

Tobacco use
Mental health issues
Access to health care

The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2017 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.

Insurance – Uninsured Children


Insurance – Uninsured Adults


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