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Message from the OWN it Board of Directors

Thank you for your continued participation and support of OWN it activities. We are so excited for 2019 as we have decided to focus on mental health and continue to offer education opportunities. A few things to do if you are new to OWN it:
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  • Officially join the OWN it by filling out this FORM and submitting your dues to Treasurer, Heather Zoromski. Dues are minimal at $25 per individual or $35 per organization and will allow discounts on educational and professional development opportunities, as well as voting rights at General Membership Meetings. To pay membership dues, contact Heather Zoromski at
Thank you! We truly look forward to working together with you all as we move towards a healthier community.

2018 Annual Report

Thanks to Erik Larson and the Taney County Health Department for finalizing the 2018 Annual Report. You can find it HERE for your review.


At the June 2019 General Membership meeting, changes to the Bylaws were approved. You can view the current Bylaws HERE.

HRSA Grant Update

As was announced at the June General Membership meeting, the Ozarks Wellness Network (OWN it) & the Taney County Health Department in collaboration with Christian Action Ministries (CAM), the Stone County Health Department and CoxHealth, was awarded a HRSA planning grant that will allow us to implement a community health indicator dashboard to inform our work. 
Here is an update on the data dashboard project from Karen:
  • 10 partners identified, interviewed and plugged in to Missouri CARES, for purposes of planning the dashboard
  • 6 more partners have been identified in Stone County that will be interviewed and plugged in the first part of December 
A little education about the benefits of a dashboard in plain English, and why anyone would want one:
Why develop a data dashboard, and who benefits from it?
You’re probably aware by now that the 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 a 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.
You’ve heard the expression, “two heads are better than one”? That’s the idea behind providing an easily accessible dashboard of data. For example, we know lack of economic stability affects access to healthcare services. Agency A establishes a goal to increase healthcare services available to uninsured patients. Agency B wants to increase dental services to the uninsured. Somewhat different goals, however, both agencies want to reach the uninsured. Using a data dashboard specific to their areas, both agencies could learn how many uninsured there are in their zip code areas; find out if there are barriers in those areas - such as lack of transportation - that will determine the type of service the agencies should provide; see if there are others working on similar projects and their outcomes; and may even discover that there is an overlap in the patients they want to serve, making working together preferable.
Working together, Agency A and Agency B are able to share resources, and serve even more patients than they could on their own.
And that’s basically what a rural health network does. It allows partners within the network to share resources, improving services for all in their area.

OWN it's Involvement in the 2020 Census

OWN it has applied for funding through Missouri Foundation for Health to build capacity in Stone and Taney Counties for 2020 Census engagement. If awarded, this grant would provide funding for a Graduate Assistant from Missouri State University to work alongside the Branson Complete Count Committee and OWN it partner agencies to provide education to you all, as well as your clients in order to decrease the likelihood of an undercount, which is detrimental to Missouri funding. For now, please view the webinar that MFH provided HERE and be prepared for more information and opportunities to be involved to come.

December General Membership Meeting

Please make plans to join us on December 3rd at Branson West City Hall at 8:30am for a General Membership Meeting! There will be updates on HRSA and Census activities and you will be voting on your 2020 OWN it Board of Directors and Officers.

Upcoming Events and Member News

The Brook Wellness Center is requesting donations for their Thanksgiving Feast. Find out more HERE.

For a schedule of their upcoming classes in November, click HERE.

Jesus Was Homeless is hosting the annual Love Your Neighbors Thanksgiving Dinner and need volunteers, sponsors, and donations to ensure that 800 of our neighbors have a place to go for Thanksgiving this year. They will also be the recipient of the Turkey Trot this year, so sign up to run or volunteer while you are at it. For more information, click HERE.

Faith Community Health will identify prediabetes patients through obesity screening. 
Faith Community Health has begun to screen its patients with BMIs over 25 for symptoms of prediabetes, according to its pharmacist, Dr. Heather Lyons-Burney. She said patients with higher BMIs are more likely to be at risk for developing prediabetes or diabetes.

Lyons-Burney said her staff will survey patients with BMIs over 25 and evaluate their answers to determine whether to follow up with appointments. The next step is to invite patients to an education class to talk about preventive measures such as lifestyle changes to intercept full-blown diabetes. Patients can take the A1c test and receive medication if necessary.

“We want to make an impact on obesity and chronic disease,” Lyons-Burney said. “Twenty-four percent of the prescriptions filled in the clinic’s dispensary are for diabetes.”

Faith Community Health is working in conjunction with the Taney County Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) which includes lowering obesity.
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