About the OHC
Recognizing the value of assessing and acting together on local health issues, key players from local hospital systems, public health entities, and others formed a working group in early 2015 to begin the task of a regional health assessment. They saw the value of using a systematic, data-driven assessment to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness on a regional level. This larger, concerted approach will leverage common strengths and strategies to move in the same direction on significant health concerns.
This group grew under the umbrella of the local Ozarks Health Commission (OHC) and published the first assessments in 2016. Since that time, the process has been recognized at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, honored as a Promising Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and awarded the Group Merit Award from the Missouri Public Health Association.
This assessment, along with the resulting action plans, will allow decision-makers to have a more holistic and up-to-date picture with which to strategically address community health concerns in their own jurisdictions.