Publication Date: January 2009
Publisher: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Missouri Foundation for Health
Author(s): Matthew Kuhlenbeck
Research Area: Health; Social conditions
Keywords: Missouri; disease; Tobacco; smoking
In 2006, the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) identified the need for county-specific data on tobacco use and chronic disease prevalence. These data were collected in 2002-2003; however the sample size of 15,000 limited effective analysis at the county level. To address the need for updated and more comprehensive county level data MFH contracted with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to expand upon previous data collection activities and conduct an assessment of approximately 50,000 Missouri residents to provide county-specific data by Fall 2008.
The 2007 Missouri County-level Study (CLS) is the largest special survey ever undertaken in Missouri. The goal of this effort is to create the largest set of data possible for use by the health community to better understand local needs. This data set is envisioned to be a catalyst for change in Missouri, identifying and describing the health of communities to better inform health professionals and policymakers.
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