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Message from the OWN it Board of Directors

Thank you for your continued participation and support of OWN it activities. A few things to do if you are new to OWN it:
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Thank you! We truly look forward to working together with you all as we move towards a healthier community.


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February General Membership Meeting

Please make plans to join us on Tuesday, February 4th at Branson West City Hall at 8:30am for the next General Membership Meeting! There will be updates on HRSA and Census activities.

HRSA Grant 

The Ozarks Wellness Network (OWN it) & the Taney County Health Department in collaboration with Christian Action Ministries (CAM), Stone County Health Department, and CoxHealth, was awarded a HRSA planning grant that will allow us to strengthen OWN it as a rural health network and design a community health indicator dashboard to inform our work. 

OWN it, Taney County Health Department, Stone County Health Department, Cox Medical Center Branson, and Christian Action Ministries are working together - along with many other partners - to develop the data dashboard. This dashboard will be an online center that will house information about the health and healthcare status of our two-county area. In a nutshell, the dashboard will be a tool that will tell us how our community is doing in 12 categories that affect our health, where there are gaps that need to be fixed, and who is currently working on what project.  What the dashboard will NOT do is tell our area agencies how to do their jobs, or misuse sensitive, protected information.

Here is an update:
Network Planning: The OWN it Board of Directors is working through several steps on the way to a strategic plan for the organization. Most recently, we identified key opportunities and threats. The next step is a plan of action that includes outreach to other coalitions and  increasing engagement, along with making the most of grant opportunities and the data dashboard.
Data Dashboard: Speaking of the data dashboard, Missouri CARES will be in Branson for the dashboard design session on February 21. This session is intended to be a break-out session immediately following the S. Truett Cathy 2020 Poverty Summit at College of the Ozarks. Key partners will gather to provide input on how the dashboard should work, how information will be shared, and much more. We can’t wait to share the results with you!

2020 Census

OWN it has been awarded a $34,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to build capacity in Stone and Taney Counties to increase 2020 Census engagement. This grant will provide funding for a Graduate Assistant from Missouri State University to work alongside the Branson Complete Count Committee and OWN it partner agencies to increase awareness of the importance of the Census and increase access for hard-to-count populations.  Your agency can help by promoting the 2020 Census on your agency's website and/or social media using this Toolkit and resources from MFH's partner hub website

Upcoming Events and Member News

The Brook Wellness Center is hosting an Empowering Families for Change Workshop in February. Find out more HERE.  Also, in April, the Center is hosting its first annual Walk for Recovery.  More details HERE.

Faith Community Health is hosting a 10th Anniversary Gala! The year 2020 is extra special for Faith Community Health as we celebrate 10 years of serving the people of Taney and Stone counties. What an honor to be the hands and feet of God's love in a practical way -- and we're grateful to our friends and partners who make this possible. 
We are kicking off the celebration with a 10th Anniversary Gala, "Won't You Love Your Neighbor?" The Gala starts at 5:30 p.m. on March 7, 2020, at the Branson Convention Center.
As we transform the Branson Convention Center into the Friends of Faith Neighborhood, we ask you to get into the spirit by trading in your dinner jacket or party wrap for a cozy cardigan -- a nod to the icon himself, Mr. Fred Rogers! Tickets will be available soon. Click here for more information. 

Stone County Health Department is offering a FREE Living Well with Diabetes workshop.  More details HERE.

Skaggs Foundation - Since 2013, Skaggs Foundation has awarded more than $5.3 million in Skaggs Legacy Endowment Grants to organizations dedicated to improving health and wellness in Stone and Taney counties. We will be accepting Priority Health Needs Concept Papers and Helping Hands Grant Applications now through 5 p.m. April 24, 2020.  For information on current and past awards or details about the grant schedule, please visit

Jesus was Homeless is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Jobs for Life sessions.  You can find the schedule HERE, the paper application HERE, or apply online HERE.  Additionally, JWH is in need of mentors and business partner volunteers to assist with mock interviews, business panels, etc.  If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering, contact Carla Perry at or at 417-239-7818.  
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PO Box 737 Hollister, MO 65737

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