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Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:12pm by Nicole Hudson

Impact of Health Policy on Access and Disparities, Child Development Accounts for Missouri to be Discussed at 5/11 Commission Meeting

Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Health Commission to present, working group on Economic Inequity and Opportunity will outline its recommendation for Child Development Accounts

The Ferguson Commission will hold its eleventh full commission meeting on Monday, May 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., St. Louis 63106.  Public notice and agenda.

The focus of Monday’s meeting will be on health policy and its impact on access and disparities among the most vulnerable in our region. Presentations include:

  • Ryan Barker, VP of Health Policy, Missouri Foundation for Health will present an overview of health policy that impacts Health Access and Disparities for the most vulnerable populations.
  • Robert Fruend, CEO, St. Louis Regional Health Commission will present regional data on trends over the past 10 years and share lessons learned on the design and sustainability of what has become a national innovator in fostering regional collaboration and enhancing access to coverage and services for low-income residents in St. Louis City and County.

The Economic Inequity and Opportunity working group co-chairs, Commissioner Felicia Pulliam and Commissioner Pat Sly, will present a recommendation for Child Development Accounts in Missouri, developed by members of their working group.

A presentation given to the working group by Margaret Clancy, Washington University Brown School of Social Work, on the research behind and impact of Child Development Accounts can be found here.

Preliminary details on the proposed model for Child Development Accounts can be found here.

The Commission is an empowered, independent and diverse group that is studying the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown. The work is currently taking the form of working groups made up of Commissioners, subject matter experts and practitioners focused on the areas of citizen-law enforcement relations, municipal courts and governance, child well-being and education equity and economic inequity and opportunity.

Members include: co-chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, managing director and commissioner emeritus Bethany Johnson-Javois, and commissioners Kevin Ahlbrand, Rasheen Aldridge, Jr., Rev. Traci Blackmon, T.R. Carr, Gabriel E. Gore J.D., Dr. Dan Isom II, Becky James-Hatter, Scott Negwer, Brittany Packnett, Felicia Pulliam, Patrick Sly, Grayling Tobias, Byron Watson and Rose Windmiller.