December 26, 2006
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon has appointed seven new members to the community advisory committee for the state's largest health-care foundation, the Missouri Foundation for Health. The foundation was formed in 2000 through an agreement between Nixon and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri to resolve a lawsuit over the proposed conversion of non-profit assets to for-profit assets. Nixon's agreement resulted in an endowment of more than $1 billion for the foundation, which serves 84 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis.
The 13 members of the community advisory committee represent the different regions of Missouri served by the foundation. The committee holds public forums around the state to obtain input on unmet community healthcare needs, produces reports on the effectiveness of the foundation and its grants, and screens candidates for the foundation's 15-member board of directors.
To serve a three-year term, Nixon appointed:
Two members were appointed by Nixon to two-year terms:
Nixon named the following committee members to serve one-year terms:
"I am pleased that these well-qualified men and women have agreed to volunteer their time to be a part of an organization that works to ensure that the healthcare needs of communities across Missouri are met," Nixon said.
The new members of the community advisory committee join current committee members Brenda Battle of St. Louis (two-year term); Cynthia Dean of Sikeston (three-year term); Kay Griffin of Morley (three-year term); Edward Kennedy of Marceline (two-year term); Daniel "Duke" McVey of Jefferson City (three-year term); and Dennis Tesreau of Hillsboro (three-year term).
The stated mission of the Missouri Foundation for Health is to "empower the people of the communities we serve to achieve equal access to quality health services that promote prevention and encourage health behaviors." The foundation helps develop and fund programs through grants to eligible organizations in the region it serves. Since its first grants were awarded in 2002, the Missouri Foundation for Health has made more than $180 million in grants.