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The Project

Show Me Strong Communities

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) received funding from Missouri Foundation for Health to use Results Based Accountability (RBA) to facilitate the development and implementation of Community Action Plans to address disparities related to the social determinants of health. Through a series of community meetings in Audrain, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Osage counties, CMCA collaborated with community members, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, funders, educational institutions, and government agencies to jointly identify and prioritize needs within the community and to develop a shared result statement.

Phase One

Prioritizing the Need

County Data Walks

In the first phase of the project, CMCA hosted data walks in each of the above counties to share county-specific data that highlighted housing, income, education, employment, health, nutrition, and selected social characteristics. CMCA facilitated a guided discussion about the data, resulting in the community-led identification and prioritization of one or two top community needs.

Phase Two

Community Action Plans

Community Conversations

During the second phase, members of each county workgroup collaborated to develop a shared goal for the community, an action plan with identified strategies to move the community toward that goal, an outline of each community partner’s contributions toward implementation, and data indicators to monitor progress toward the goal. The final Community Action Plans for each county will be added to this website once completed and will be shared during a public launch event that will serve as an official call to action as the project moves into the implementation phase.

Phase Three

Taking Action

Implementing Community Action Plans

The third phase involves moving the action plan into implementation and training community partners on the Results Based Accountability approach used throughout the project to ensure sustainability. Results Based Accountability (RBA) is a key component of the process and outlines a data-driven approach to collective impact that involves shared responsibility for a common goal and that drives systems-level community change.

Community Action Plans

The Show Me Strong Communities website that includes each county’s Community Action Plan, progress on implementing key strategies within the plan, data indicators demonstrating the need for and effects of the plan, and a summary of each community partner’s contributions will ensure additional accountability. Each county’s final Community Action Plan will be shared during a public launch event that will serve as an official call to action as the project moves into the implementation phase.