The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the Southwest Region of Missouri documents efforts by Southwest Missouri’s local public health agencies along with other stakeholders to leverage their partnerships, resources, and expertise to respond to COVID-19. Along with professional stakeholder accounts, the report includes residents’ perspectives and experiences during the COVID-19 response. Professional and resident findings helped identify lessons that could strengthen the public health system’s ability to continue responding to COVID-19 and face future crisis with greater resources, coordination, equitable strategies, modernized infrastructure and public trust. The findings in this report center on the period of the pandemic from March 2020 through May 2021, before the proliferation of the Delta and Omicron variants.
The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the Southwest Region of Missouri along with The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the Northeast Region of Missouri and The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the St. Louis Region of Missouri are part of a series of regional reports that were used to inform the state-level recommendations in the report Missouri’s Public Health Response to COVID-19: Key Findings and Recommendations for State Action and Investment.
Trott, Jennifer MPH; Mead, K. Holly PhD; Benoit, Marie-Anais; Hughes, Dora MD, MPH; Levi, Jeffrey PhD; Baños, Jacqueline MPH; Seyoum, Semret MPH; and Regenstein, Marsha PhD, "The Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the Southwest Region of Missouri" (2022). Reports on Missouri's Public Health Response to COVID-19. Paper 1.