The Webster County CommUNITY Partnership is a collection of people from community organizations committed to working together to support the health and well-being of every resident, while respecting individual heritage and values. The Partnership desires to see that each resident of Webster County has awareness of and access to every resource needed to live a healthy and wholesome life. The organizations represented at the CommUNITY Partnership meeting are University of Missouri Extension, Emergency Management Agency, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Parents as teachers, Burrell Behavioral Health, OACAC, Webster County Pantry, The King’s Pantry-Seymour, Fordland Clinic, Marshfield Head Start, Faith Based Community and Webster County Health Unit.
The members helped identify the top three needs in Webster County which are healthier food options, drug, alcohol, and nicotine abuse and access to affordable healthcare and decided to initially target healthier food options. The Webster CommUNITY Partnership partnered with University of Missouri cooking and nutrition classes for five weeks, two hours each, through the month of October into first week of November, 2015. Participants helped prepare a delicious meal each class, received free instruction on nutritional values and then got to eat what they had prepared. The classes were held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Hall in Marshfield, Missouri. Each week, the class size grew, with the last class having 19 participants. These classes were considered a huge success, and the goal is to restart the classes again after the first of the year 2016 in Marshfield and Seymour.
The CommUNITY Partnership is looking for a new project/focus. The members have started looking at the access to mental health care services as well as educating people about “what is mental health”. If you would like to be a part of the Webster County CommUNITY Partnership and join efforts in supporting the health and well-being of the residents of Webster County, please plan to attend a meeting. The meetings are usually on the second Thursday of every month at the Webster County Health Unit, 12:00-1:00pm, with lunch provided. If you are interested in attending, please call 417-859-2532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the next meeting date.
We look forward to having you participate in the Webster County Community Partnership.