Community Health Engagement and Outreach

MU Extension’s Community Health program’s goal is to achieve optimal health and well-being for every Missourian at every stage of life.

What we do

Our work touches each area of people’s lives, also known as the social determinants of health. By focusing on all the factors that contribute to our health and well-being, we are able to partner and work collaboratively to positively impact the health and well-being of individuals, communities and the state. Through coordinated, collective action and focused intention, we lead with curiosity and partnership in mind, continually improving in order to work efficiently, cohesively and succinctly.

How we do it

Health is woven into nearly every facet of communities; we have a role to play in our own health and the health of our communities. We work to promote healthy, safe and thriving communities where health is a shared value. Through established relationships and presence in communities, we partner, engage and empower communities to address social challenges where people live, work, learn and play.

Saving Lives. Building Better Communities.
Learn more about this Missouri program.

It's important for us to be informed of the updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure that we're accessing accurate information from reputable sources. Please refer to the following sources for the most recent information and updates:

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is causing uncertainty and anxiety to many. Community Health Engagement & Outreach would like to share information and resources that may help maintain a positive outlook, a healthy mindset, and overall wellbeing.

Here are several key practices that may help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using a hand sanitizer with 60%+ alcohol
  • Cover your face with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough (and then throw away the tissue)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Limit contact with people who may be sick
  • Stay home if you’re feeling ill
  • Seek medical attention for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Our Community Health Team has developed some helpful information and resources for and your community. It is our hope that we can all work together to make the best of whatever the situation — knowing that we’re all in this together. Remember to stay calm, get information from reputable sources and continue to practice good respiratory hygiene.

Sign up to receive the Community Health Engagement & Outreach Connections, a quarterly newsletter that provides information about health promotion and other topics aimed to improve your overall health and well-being.

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Alianzas website

Building bridges between MU Extension & the Latinx Community - Learn how to bridge cultural differences in your community.

CDC Coronavirus updates

Community Health - CDC website page with specific information and updates on COVID-19

Cleaning to Prevent the Flu

Cleaning tips to prevent the flu (CDC)

1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO 65212-1000

Office hours

8-5 M-F


We partner, engage and empower communities to address social challenges where people live, work, learn and play.