The Cape Girardeau County Healthy Communities Coalition is a group of individuals from public and private organizations working together to address local nutrition and lifestyle issues. It focuses on services and events that positively impact and encourage citizens to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. The coalition coordinates efforts of the health and lifestyle programs already in place, create additional activities, and address gaps in services offered to particular neighborhoods, age groups or demographics.


The Healthy Communities Coalition was brought about as a result of a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment completed in Spring 2013 by SoutheastHEALTH and Saint Francis Medical Center. In this study, obesity was identified as one of the top health issues in Cape Girardeau County. The most current data show residents having a 28% obesity rate with another 35% being overweight. Obesity puts individuals at a greater risk of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic joint and back pain, hypertension and many more.

The Community Health Assessment is completed every five years. To learn more, please click here.


This simple message has been adopted by the Healthy Communities Coalition to promote good nutrition and lifestyle choices. 5-2-1-0 is a nationally recognized obesity prevention program that was first designed to increase healthy eating and active living for children, but has since been expanded to include all age groups. For details about the program and tool kits for implementing a 5-2-1-0 program in schools, childcare facilities, workplace or healthcare facilities, click here.


Healthy Communities Coalition
Kay Azuma, Community Caring Council Dwana Leible, Gibson Recovery Center
Jeremy Barnes, Southeast Missouri State University Joel Ramdial, Southeast Missouri State University- Dept of Dietetics
Linda Bass, Around the Clock Medical Alarms Natalie Sandoval, EPIC
Amy Bradshaw, Missouri Department of HSS Emily Scifers, Laughing Stalk Farmstead
Ginny Chapman, Cross Trails Medical Center Stacy Skidmore, Cape Girardeau County Pubic Health Center
Tom Diemer MD, Saint Francis Medical Center Amy Smith, Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center
Anna Galeski, SoutheastHEALTH Emma Steffens, Student Dietetic Assoc (SEMO University)
Linda Garner, Southeast Missouri State University- Dept. of Nursing Julia Thompson, City of Cape Parks & Rec
Dotty Gholson, Community Caring Council Jennifer Volkerding, Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center
Ellen Gipson, Jackson R-2 School District Callie Welker, TNT Fitness
Natalie Govreau, Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center Jane Wernsman, Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center
Christine Jaegers, City of Cape Parks & Rec