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Missouri Foundation for Health
415 South 18th Street, Suite 400
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 345-5500 or toll-free (800) 655-5560

About Missouri Foundation for Health

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge and funding.

The Foundation serves 84 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis.


Missouri Foundation for Health was created in 2000 following Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri's conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status. Today, MFH is the largest health care foundation in the state and is among the largest of its kind in the country. (Learn more about our history.)


  • Identify and fill the gaps in the myriad public and private health care services already available to the uninsured and underinsured in its region.

  • Identify and address unmet health care needs in the underserved populations of the region.

  • Identify and fund health care program opportunities in the region in order to maximize the limited resources of the Foundation for the greatest possible effect.

Missouri Foundation for Health takes a multifaceted approach to health issues, understanding that programs, policy and education all play a role in making lasting positive change. By listening and responding to communities in the region, the Foundation works toward the wellbeing of all Missourians, enabling them to take an active role in health issues by making health information accessible, understandable and useful. 

Core Values

Underlying the Foundation’s purposes as set forth in its Articles of Incorporation, and essential to the fulfillment of that mission, is adherence to the following Core Values:

  • Foundation programs and grants will support activities that aim to achieve objectively measurable improvements in the health of Missouri’s citizens, particularly the health of underserved populations.

  • Foundation programs and grants will supplement and not supplant the activities of established governmental and non-governmental health programs.

  • Health program initiatives will be designed with the flexibility to incorporate ongoing community input and collaboration in their definition and implementation. The flexibility will permit small grants as well as larger, longer-term grants; and will permit funding existing as well as new community programs.

  • The Foundation will incorporate population-based vital statistics and other health indicators relevant to local communities in its strategic decision-making and funding priorities.

  • The Foundation will seek opportunities to collaborate with other foundations as well as public and private organizations in the pursuit of its health related purposes and goals.

  • The Foundation will follow the best practices of foundation management, including but not limited to periodic board self-assessment, education of Board members, annual financial audits, and full conflict of interest disclosure.

  • The Foundation will from time to time establish multi-year health program initiatives based on a systematic strategic planning process.