Snapshot of the Organization
Empower Missouri advocates for the well-being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research.
Empower Missouri envisions Missouri becoming a more just, equitable and democratic society that assures every person’s health, safety, security, independence, human rights, dignity and the opportunity to reach full potential.
The Health and Mental Health Task Force promotes quality, affordable health care for all Missourians, supports adequate funding for health care programs, and works with coalition partners to ensure the voice of the consumer is heard in the public policy process.
Our mission is to improve the health of all people by eliminating racial inequities that stifle our region’s growth. The research we have conducted on health disparities affecting African Americans identifies key areas where we can have the greatest impact: economic opportunity, early childhood education, school-based health, quality neighborhoods, and health care access. This is a pivotal time in our region’s history. We are responding to these challenges by mobilizing our community to take action – and you can too.
The NAACP insures the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and citizens; achieves equality of rights and eliminates race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; removes all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes; seeks to enact and enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights; informs the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and seeks its elimination; educates persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action in furtherance of these principles.
GAME CHANGER #1: HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES
The St. Louis City NAACP is committed to improving the health and well being of African-American families and people of color. It is also committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic disparities in our health system that plaque people of color. In addition, the NAACP is engaged in the workforce development movement to increase the number of minorities represented in the medical and public health profession.
The NAACP focuses not only on disease prevention but on the social and environmental factors that affect health and wellness. African-Americans still have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Issues like HIV and infant mortality have continued to overwhelm the Black community. Systematic imbalances in the health care delivery system disapportionately affect African-Americans and Latinos more than their White counterparts.
Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice tackles the greatest challenges to the health and well-being of our communities.
We are a mission-driven academic community where teaching, research and service foster the growth of a more just and equitable society at home and around the world.
We help health care organizations deliver compassionate care more efficiently; map risks of lead exposure in the City of St. Louis; intervene with at-risk students; study the causes of infant mortality; and prepare communities for what to expect in case of a infectious disease outbreak.
Guided by a higher purpose in public health and social justice, we are boldly leading the way in investigating and finding solutions to the complex factors that undermine our health and well-being.