At a Glance
  • State Population: 6,177,957
  • Local Health Departments: 114
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Fires
    Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $11,383,901
    FY 2021: $11,007,602
    FY 2020: $10,691,802
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    COVID-19 2021 funding: $36,895,449
    COVID-19 2020 funding: $13,749,947
PHEP-Funded Staff (rounded):
  • Epidemiologists: 9
  • Laboratorians: 3
  • Planners: 1
  • Other: 13*

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Surveillance & Epidemiologic Investigation
  2. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
  3. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  4. Community Preparedness
  5. Medical Materiel Management & Distribution
Stories from the Field
Missouri Boat Capsizes
CDC Ensures Critical Support for Survivors and Victims’ Families after Boat Capsizes

In Missouri, the PHEP program developed the Missouri Mortuary Operations Response Team (MOMORT), a disaster fatality response team for incidents involving fatalities. After a boat with 31 people on a recreational lake capsized in July 2018 killing 17 passengers, three MOMORT members responded with supplies to provide to the local coroner’s office for use and helped identify and process the fatalities. Behavioral health teams—also supported through PHEP— counseled survivors, victims’ families, and members of the public who witnessed the incident immediately following the incident and for weeks following.

Missouri Medication
Providing Life-Saving Medication during a Public Health Emergency

Local health departments in Missouri use PHEP funds to establish dedicated medication dispensing sites within each jurisdiction and train partners on how to provide life-saving medication to employees, family members, and customers during a public health emergency. There are 916 dispensing sites in Missouri as of October, 2017. In a statewide emergency, this dispensing operation could reduce the burden on local health departments by as much as 25%, while helping ensure that people have fast access to lifesaving medicine.