In May 2020, Missouri Foundation for Health called for an evaluation of Missouri’s public health system’s capacity to respond to COVID-19. In the study titled Strengthening Missouri’s Capacity to Respond to Public Health Crises, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health researchers use a case-study approach to document the experiences of professional stakeholders involved in the response and residents’ personal experiences from three geographically diverse regions of Missouri. Three regional reports from the Northeast, Southwest, and the St. Louis regions of Missouri highlight findings from interviews and focus groups conducted between fall 2020 and spring 2021, before the emergence of the delta and omicron variants. Lessons from these regional conversations were used to inform a state report, Missouri’s Public Health Response to COVID-19: Key Findings and Recommendations for State Action and Investment, which offers cross-cutting recommendations for Missouri’s state and local public health leaders to strengthen the state’s public health system’s capacity to respond to future public health crises.

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Submissions from 2022

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The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the St. Louis Region of Missouri, Marsha Regenstein PhD, K. Holly Mead PhD, Jennifer Trott MPH, Semret Seyoum MPH, Jacqueline Baños MPH, Hope Van Bronkhorst, Marie-Anais Benoit, and Dora Hughes MD

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The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the Southwest Region of Missouri, Jennifer Trott MPH; K. Holly Mead PhD; Marie-Anais Benoit; Dora Hughes MD, MPH; Jeffrey Levi PhD; Jacqueline Baños MPH; Semret Seyoum MPH; and Marsha Regenstein PhD

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The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the Northeast Region of Missouri, Jennifer Trott MPH; K. Holly Mead PhD; Anne Markus PhD, JD; Alexis Acosta MSc; Jacqueline Baños MPH; Ciara Conway; Marie-Anais Benoit; and Marsha Regenstein PhD

Submissions from 2021

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Missouri’s Public Health Response to COVID-19: Key Findings and Recommendations for State Action and Investment, Alexis Acosta, Marie-Anais Benoit, Ciara Conway, Dora Hughes, Jeffrey Levi, Anne Markus, Marsha Regenstein, Semret Seyoum, Jennifer Trott, and Hope Van Bronkhorst