The Missouri Institute for Community Health is based on collaboration. Its purpose is to convene and facilitate conversations about the future of the public’s health in a community-based health system, provide standards of practice for local public health agencies, address workforce issues, and identify learning opportunities to support community health activities now and into the future.

The Institute’s partners include Missouri schools of medicine and public health, nursing, higher education, public health associations, the private sector, state and local government, the healthcare industry, and local public health agencies together in one forum. With these entities, MICH facilitates strategic conversations and brings together the critical mass needed for system change.