Making a Difference

Every Other Month

Supported by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Making a Difference is a long-running series that draws upon the personal stories and voices of Ozarks residents to highlight key issues impacting our community. 

Currently the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, with funding support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, is leading a major mental health needs assessment in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center.  The purpose is to analyze the current state of mental health services available, assess the needs of the community, and address the gap between the two.

As part of this effort, the newest season of Making a Difference explores the topic of mental illness – with the objective of creating awareness and reducing stigma.  Let’s Talk About It: Normalizing Mental Health Conversations is a collection of intimate conversations with individuals navigating their own mental health journeys.

You can browse our Making a Difference archives below or at the CFO website.

The Every Child Promise aims to cut in half the number of local youth who are unprepared to learn upon entering kindergarten within 10 years. KSMU's Mike Smith has more in our latest installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.

For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and today on Making a Difference Where You Live, the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.