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Children Under Fire is a series examining how communities are affected when children are killed by gun violence.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Foundation for Health and a national think tank are commissioning $1.5 million in grants for researchers to study the causes and effects of Missouri’s gun violence epidemic.

Foundation representatives hope the research will better inform policymakers on the best ways to prevent people from dying, said Jessi LaRose, a senior strategist at the St. Louis-based nonprofit. 

The foundation aims to fund studies about urban gun violence, rural gun fatalities, accidental shooting deaths and suicides. It also seeks research on why so many black men are dying from gun violence and the effectiveness of programs aiming to curb gun deaths, such as St. Louis’ Cure Violence anti-homicide initiative, approved by the Board of Aldermen last year.

Several St. Louis area nonprofits are preparing for the 2020 Census by ensuring a proper and accurate population count within the city and St. Louis County. Flikr photo of census form.
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Leaders of several St. Louis-area organizations and businesses are taking the first steps to prepare for the upcoming United States census.

The Missouri Foundation for Health held the St. Louis Regional Census Convening on Friday. Area leaders met to discuss the tactics and practices necessary to collect accurate data for the next census in 2020.

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Illustration by Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

White residents in Missouri are dying at a higher rate than they did nearly two decades ago, according to a report from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The increased death rate largely is occurring in the state's rural counties, especially in the Ozarks and the Bootheel region and substance abuse appears to be a major factor. For example, deaths by drug overdose have increased by nearly 600 percent in many rural counties. Poor mental health also plays a significant role, as suicides among young and middle-aged adults have increased by 30 percent since 1995. 

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Joe Eulberg  doesn't remember what made him so upset that he flipped a table during an argument with his wife 20 years ago.

He does remember the outcome.

"A few days after that, Barbara, my wife, came and said you need to get help or I'm going to leave and take the kids,” Eulberg said in a recent interview with St. Louis Public Radio.

Eulberg turned for help to the Raven.

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Even Medicaid is out of reach for some of Missouri’s poorest children, who are uninsured at a rate 2.5 times as high as their counterparts in Illinois. Being uninsured can limit a child’s access to health care or wreak havoc on a family’s finances in the case of an emergency. 

New census numbers show that about 5 percent of Missouri children in families with incomes below 200 percent of poverty ($3,348 a month for a family of three) did not have health insurance in 2014. In Illinois, which has twice as many low-income families, only 2 percent of children in that demographic were uninsured.

Doctor: Geriatric Needs Not Being Met In Missouri

Jan 6, 2015
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Missourians are getting older, but their access to health care is not keeping up.

In October, a Missouri Foundation for Health report found a need for more geriatric specialists in the state. In 2011, Missouri had 139 geriatric doctors. The report predicted that the state would need 558 by 2030.

Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher holds a big $50,000 check symbolizing a $50,000 donation to Reinvest North County. Fletcher's group -- I Love Ferguson -- raised the money through selling t-shirts, mugs and hats.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

It’s been a few months since a group called I Love Ferguson started selling T-shirts, mugs and hats aimed at boosting the beleaguered town.

Since then, former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher said the committee’s wares have been sold worldwide.

“We’ve shipped shirts to the United Kingdom, Italy and France. Our products are in 33 different countries,” said Fletcher, who is part of the I Love Ferguson committee. “They’ve been sent by relatives or they’ve been picked up at the I Love Ferguson store and brought back to those countries.”

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A new report on the health of older Missourians says cost and access to health care are key concerns as the state’s population continues to age.

Dara Taylor of Community Catalyst.
Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

At a YMCA in North St. Louis, Nancy Kelley of the Missouri Foundation for Health coached about 50 navigators on how to encourage people to purchase health insurance this year.

“In some ways, we got the easy people last year. Maybe they were motivated, maybe they had some knowledge about the marketplace. So we need to get creative,” Kelley told the crowd.

152,335 people bought health insurance on the federal exchange last year, according to the Cover Missouri Coalition. The organization’s goal is to bring the amount of uninsured Missourians below 5 percent in five years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 11, 2013: An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but finding money for prevention can be elusive when it comes to health care. Case in point is what is happening with the federal health reform law. Unprecedented spending to prevent illness and improve public health is one key promise of the Affordable Care Act.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 12, 2012 - More than half of Missourians favor Medicaid expansion and embrace the principles behind health insurance exchanges, according to a new poll, financed by the Missouri Foundation for Health and completed in October. It surveyed more than 1,400 Missourians and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percent.

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Most Missourians support Medicaid expansion and believe the state government has a responsibility to ensure access to affordable health care, according to a new survey by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

What's particularly noteworthy about this survey is that a majority of the responders agreed this is a responsibility that must be met, even if it means raising taxes. 55 percent of responders say Missouri's state government must act to do so, while 34 percent say we can't afford it.

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A recently released report shows there is a disparity in health care among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians.  The study by the Missouri Foundation for Health shows LGBT individuals have less access to health care and tend to be less healthy than the general population.

This article first appeared in th St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 9, 2012 - The Affordable Care Act remains a contentious political issue in Missouri, but St. Louis is already a leader in demonstrating one positive effect of the reform law, according to speaker at a forum Saturday.

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Reporting from Jacob McCleland of KRCU used in this report.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 11, 2012 - Most Missouri counties with the highest percentage of uninsured residents are concentrated in two congressional districts -- the 6th in the northern part of the state and the 8th in southeast Missouri, according to data in a new report.

The study does not break down the number of uninsured Missourians by congressional districts. But that is one way to look at the issue as federal lawmakers decide whether to try to reverse all or parts of the health reform law that will give most people access to health insurance by 2014.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 24, 2012 - Annual medical spending in Missouri is expected to rise faster than the national average in the next decade, but the state has several options for lowering costs and raising quality during that period, according to a report commissioned by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - Judy Baker, the regional director of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, spends part of her time visiting communities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to promote the Affordable Care Act. During a stop in St. Louis on Thursday, she recalled telling an audience elsewhere about the law's benefits and then having a man ask after her speech, "What will happen to all of those (benefits) when Obama's health-care law comes around?"

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - Beginning next year, Missouri will take a new approach to serving residents with mental health, substance abuse and other chronic conditions. These residents will all be served through what's known as a "health home" model. It means providers -- ranging from primary-care doctors to counselors -- will be able to share the same data on each patient and provide better coordinated care.

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Washington University's Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research and the Missouri Foundation for Health have launched a "first-of-its-kind" website with information on obesity-related policy for organizations across the state.

The site, named "Policy Lift" has a variety of different functions, as an announcement about the site describes:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 25, 2011 - The future of health care is hard to see, but Robert Hughes knows it's evolving.

"I think there is more of a receptivity to change but not in the sense of knowing how things are actually going to unfold; so it's a very interesting time right now," he said.

Missouri Foundation for Health names new top executive

Aug 25, 2011
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The Missouri Foundation for Health has named a new president and CEO.

Robert Hughes will assume his new post on Nov. 1, taking over from founding president James Kimmey who is retiring at the end of this year.

Hughes is an Illinois native but has spent the past 20 years in New Jersey. There, he worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest health philanthropy in the U.S.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 6, 2011 - Amy Stringer Hessel, an official at the Missouri Foundation for Health, likens the efforts by many overweight Missourians to shed pounds to the plight of Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill, only to see it roll back down again. She think it's time to give fat Sisyphus a little help by doing something about the hill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 28, 2011 - Developer Paul McKee's plans for remaking north St. Louis continue to grab the headlines, but several organizations made the point Thursday that even microeconomic projects and programs can have a big impact on economically distressed neighborhoods.

Some of those projects were on display during a Marketplace of Ideas program, sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation, at De La Salle Middle School, at 4145 Kennerly Ave., in the Ville neighborhood.

Tobacco use study underway, largest on adult health in Mo. history

Jan 10, 2011

The largest adult health study ever conducted in Missouri is underway across the state. The topic? Tobacco use and the diseases it causes.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million in funding for the telephone survey, which is expected to include more than 52,000 people.

Missouri Foundation for Health program officer Matthew Kuhlenbeck says the survey is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2007.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 26, 2010 - Whether the event is a panel discussion on health reform or the opening of a community clinic, one familiar face in the audience or on the stage is likely to be Dr. James R. Kimmey.

A witty speaker with extensive knowledge on a range of health-care issues, Kimmey is the founding president and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health. He previously was dean of the School of Public Health at St. Louis University and is also emeritus professor of health administration and policy at the school. He regards the work of the foundation as helping policymakers, health-care professionals and community groups to understand and address the issues affecting the health of Missourians.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Enisa Muratovic didn't quite know what to make of the charade-like sight of her son's pediatrician looking at her and banging on a lead pipe in the examination room.

The scene turned out to be the doctor's well-meaning but futile attempt to inform Muratovic that her son had an elevated level of lead in his blood. But the incident was bewildering to Muratovic, a Bosnian immigrant who spoke limited English at the time. She left the doctor's office still unsure what was wrong with her baby.

"I felt confused and afraid," she said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 20, 2010 - The genealogy bug first bit Anita Jenkins in the 1970s when she saw the television series "Roots." She takes pride in having traced her family's history at least as far back as antebellum days, and she hopes to turn to DNA to move even further back in time.

In the process of her search, however, she also turned up a family history of diabetes. She mentions this as she stands next to pictures of relatives that line the mantel above the living room fireplace in the family's two-story brick home on the north side. On this day the house is quiet, save for the hum of an air conditioner, on a bright summer afternoon. But she's in a gloomy mood as she introduces the faces in the photographs and talks about how diabetes has affected many of those lives.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 18, 2010 - Some candidates may be distancing themselves from the new health reform law because they're reflecting the views of many, perhaps most, Missouri voters.

The Missouri Foundation for Health released a poll this month showing that Missourians who are likely to vote Nov. 2 are concerned about rising health-care costs, and they have misgivings about making too many changes in the existing system.

Trevor Trout seems to be glancing at his school picture - taken when he weighed considerably more than today.
Robert Joiner | St. Louis Beacon

After making their trip to the Farmers' Market in Ferguson to buy fresh fruits and vegetables each week, Teresa Trout and her son, Trevor, used to drop in at a doughnut shop and feast on cupcakes and other sugary food on the way home.

Those sweet treats finally caught up with Trevor, a bright, 10-year-old fifth grader whose weight climbed to 154 pounds a little over four months ago. Today, however, he has dropped to 127 pounds, a slimmer version of the chubby-faced boy in a photo atop the family piano.