Health news and issues in the Ozarks.


Education Connection
2:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

York Elementary Benefits from Day of Caring

Day of Caring Volunteers Shovel Gravel at York Elementary
Credit Michele Skalicky

CoxHealth employees were hard at work today, but they weren’t at the hospital.  They were donating their time and efforts to help spruce up a local elementary school as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

York students have wanted a ball field for years.  And today they got it.  CoxHealth volunteers built a baseball diamond behind the school on W. Nichols during the United Way Day of Caring.  Lisa Alexander was busy shoveling gravel this morning but took a break to talk about the volunteer effort.

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Eye on the Community
10:54 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Program Prepares Children to Stay Home Alone

Young Person Cooking
Credit Leo Hidalgo / Flickr

As kids grow, they gain more and more independence.  But how do you know when it’s OK to let your child stay home alone?  A program next week will help you decide.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

In Charge at Home is set for next Tuesday night (8/12) from 6 to 8 at Cox South.  It focuses on how kids can make good choices when they’re home by themselves.  Denise Vaughan is a nurse educator at CoxHealth.  She says the classes are a good way for families to determine whether children are ready to stay home alone.

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6:41 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Area Non-Profits Get Help from Mercy

Money in Wallet
Credit 401 (K) 2013 / flickr

Several area non-profit organizations are receiving donations thanks to Mercy Springfield employees.  The grants come from Mercy Clinic’s Force for Good.  Twice each year Mercy clinic doctors and co-workers donate money to help a variety of local organizations. 

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Making Democracy Work
11:35 am
Mon June 30, 2014

SW MO Counts Serves as Dashboard for the Community

SW MO Counts Website

In this segment of the League of Women Voters' Making Democracy Work, Leslie Carrier talks with Kathryn Wall, public health information administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, about the new website,, which serves as a community dashboard.

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A Healthier You
10:46 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Springfield MU Clinical Campus on Hold


Some of the money being withheld from the state's budget would have gone to pay for the MU School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus.

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