Our Vision

We envision a Greater St. Louis region that responds collaboratively, equitably, and effectively to the needs of our most impacted neighbors and communities in the context of the immediate COVID-19 pandemic and the long-standing pandemic of systemic racism.

We evolve through these crises by undertaking new approaches to partnership and advancing changes in values, relationships, and structures that remove race as a predictor of people’s life outcomes.

Principles and Commitments

Center Racial Equity and Commitment to Anti-Racism

  • Mere recovery from COVID-19 to an unjust baseline is inadequate.
  • Individuals and communities most impacted by long-standing racial discrimination and disinvestment must be the focus of our regional transformation.
  • Economic development in historically disinvested communities must be prioritized.
  • We identify and change white supremacy culture in our organizations (e.g., power hoarding; either/or thinking; perfectionism) identified by anti-racism frameworks like those offered by Tema Okun and others.

Partner Intentionally with Impacted Individuals and Communities

  • Impacted individuals and representatives of impacted communities are part of the decision-making process.
  • We recognize and respect the strengths, assets, wisdom, and resilience in impacted communities and acknowledge the need for resources to support community-based organizations.
  • We hold ourselves accountable for inclusion and make meaningful changes when we fall short.
  • We share our work with impacted individuals and communities broadly and transparently.

Orient Towards Urgency, Solutions and Coordinated Regional Action

  • We bridge the bi-state region in our activities, recognizing that no single jurisdiction, sector, institution or organization can create systemic change alone.
  • We leverage the unique strengths of individual organizations to contribute to shared goals.
  • We align with existing disaster response (e.g., SLARCC, COADs) in times of crisis.
  • We act with urgency to address needs in and out of moments of crisis.
  • We share our work with impacted individuals and communities broadly and transparently.

Adopt Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Principles

  • Disaggregate data by race, ethnicity, age, disability and other demographics.
  • Identify and address policy gaps while advocating for federal support.
  • Invest in healthcare, public health, and social infrastructure to foster resilience.
  • Establish and empower teams dedicated to promoting racial equity in response and recovery efforts.
  • Include in decision-making the people most affected by health and economic challenges and benchmark progress based on their outcomes.