In 2000, 133,000 people in the United States died due to poverty related factors. Lives that could have been saved by having access to health related programs. Stone and Taney county residents are not immune to these poverty related factors, boasting higher than state average rates of poverty, uninsured, and unemployment. However, a new initiative funded by grant money will focus on reducing poverty related health issues.
The Skaggs Foundation, in partnership with Cox Medical Center Branson and Faith Community Health Center, received a $14,000 grant from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
This funding will be used to implement a community wellness education initiative that will provide comprehensive and accessible health and wellness education classes. The initiative will target residents that are living with a chronic condition and are at high-risk for poverty related health issues. Many of the people that will benefit from this grant are low-income individuals that are living with more than one chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, COPD or are tobacco users.
Through this grant they will have access to health education and access to resources to help them better manage their illness, and have better health outcomes. Educational sessions will be held monthly in Taney and Stone counties and will feature health-related topics including healthy cooking, nutrition, exercise, medication safety, tobacco cessation, financial wellness and chronic disease management.