Miles Away, Worlds Apart:
Assessing Community Health Needs With exploreMOhealth.org
In celebration of National Public Health Week 2020, the exploreMOhealth community health needs assessment platform was updated and relaunched on April 6. The Missouri ZIP Health Rankings data included on the site were updated to reflect the most recent information on the health and social well-being of populations living in 942 Missouri ZIP codes. The latest ZHR data were generated by Missouri hospitals between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, and by the 2018 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to updating the ZIP code-level data, new county-level data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2020 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program now are available on exploreMOhealth, in addition to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s 2016 Missouri County-Level Study data.
Combining both health factors and outcomes, the state’s healthiest ZIP code during the 2017-2019 study period was 63124 in the St. Louis County neighborhood of Ladue. At the opposite end of the distribution — ranked 942nd — was 63866 in the bootheel town of Marston, eight miles southwest of New Madrid. The new data for Missouri’s 114 counties and St. Louis City, in addition to 942 ZIP codes with sufficient information, now is available on exploreMOhealth.org.