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Economic Development Receives Grant

  Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is providing Shelby County Economic Development $117,954 for gun suicide prevention initiative planning.

  MFH’s mission is to eliminate underlying causes of health inequities, transform systems, and enable individuals and communities to thrive.

  SCED Director Wendy Brumbaugh said, “Shelby County ranks high per capita for suicides and specifically suicide by gun. So, we are trying to come up with achievable solutions as part of the planning process.”

  This is a two-year opportunity to address the issue and formulate resources to grow the community.

  The money will be used for some salary for the director of the grant. It will also be used for travel for the local 10-member coalition. There will be quarterly meetings in St. Louis.

  Brumbaugh said the SCED will receive the money Feb. 1.

  MFH is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge and funding. The Foundation takes a multifaceted approach to health issues, understanding that programs, policy, and collaboration all play a role in creating lasting impact.

  The SCED members meet monthly with open meetings and the public is welcome to attend. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Brumbaugh at 573-822-9498 or email