Saving Lives. Building Better Communities.
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.
Coronavirus information and resources
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:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from MU Health
- Digital Resource (PDF)
- Digital Resource - Spanish version (PDF)
- MO DHHS COVID-19 Hotline: 877-435-8411
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.
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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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Event date: Dec. 1, 2020 - Dec. 2, 2020
This conference will now be held VirtuallySummit FocusA platform for rural community engagement to provide an exchange of knowledge, best practices and solutions for support and tools to have healthier moms and healthier babies who will build ...
News & articles
- Published: Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
Volunteers in Medicine Christian County (VIMCC) is pleased to announce the recent award of $25,000 in grant funding from the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP) Foundation Family Medicine Cares (FMC) USA grant program. According to Dr. ...
- Published: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Opioid addiction keeps an estimated 1 million Missourians out of the workforce and costs the state about $1 million an hour, including the loss of jobs and wages. A new University of Missouri community health initiative will help ...
- Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The new University of Missouri System Health Care Finder aims to increase Missourians’ access to health care and boost the state’s health care outcomes.The easy-to-use tool has mapped 205 UM System health care resources across ...
- Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Most towns have parking problems, normally in the downtown area. Whether you are a Springfield, a Republic or an Ash Grove resident, there are ways to get more parking without paving, striping or getting a permit.For starters, it ...
Publication date: April 1, 2001
Why are family strengths so important?In our society, families take on many different structures. Although they may be formed in different ways, most families accomplish similar tasks, such as childbearing, providing for members' basic needs, ...
The popularity of electronic cigarettes and vaping, particularly among our youth, is a community health concern. We have developed general information and resources on Vaping that we hope will be helpful for youth, families, schools, and communities.
Building bridges between MU Extension & the Latinx Community - Learn how to bridge cultural differences in your community
Community Health - CDC website page with specific information and updates on COVID-19
Community Health - Two page resource and precaution information for Coronavirus - COVID-19