The goal of the Expanding Coverage Initiative is to reduce the uninsured rate in Missouri to less than 5 percent in 5 years. A new Request for Applications (RFA) invites organizations in the MFH region to apply for funds to assist eligible Missourians with enrolling in new health insurance coverage options and affordability programs made available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Visit the Expanding Coverage Through Consumer Assistance page for more details about the program and to download the Request for Proposals.
Health-related organizations working to improve the health of their communities in the MFH region are invited to apply for funds to initiate small, short-term projects. Smaller agencies meeting Foundation guidelines are encouraged to apply. Visit the Mini-Grants page for more details about the program, to download the Request for Applications and to hear a recording of the pre-application webinar from March 19.
A new video shows the partnerships and progress MFH is building through the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative. Thirteen school districts with nearly 13,000 students are already participating in the Schools as the Hub program. Watch the video to see how you can be a part of changing things in your community.
Health Policy Activities
“For the Sake of All,” a Study on the Wellbeing of African Americans in STL, to Be Released
The study, funded in part by MFH, uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine the health and wellbeing of African Americans in St. Louis. The project will include a series of policy briefs, recommendations for change, along with an overview of the current state of affairs. The public is invited to attend a Community Conference on May 30. Learn more about For the Sake of All here.
A new fact sheet, produced by researchers at Washington University, examines the characteristics of the uninsured in Missouri and makes comparisons to the demographics of the uninsured nationally. The brief provides information on the uninsured by poverty status, age, ethnicity, geography, gender, family status, employment, and education.
In addition to the Health Insurance Marketplace educational materials available on the Cover Missouri website, the initiative has launched a mass media awareness campaign that includes radio, Facebook, and banner ads; as well as two videos (available here and here that can be embedded onto your website!