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Dear MO State Representatives Walker and Redmon,
Our names are Krista Davidson, Meghan Jones, Ashley Nieman, Savannah Peters, and Amanda Tse and we are senior Health Science majors and Disability Studies minors at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO; as Health Science majors and Disability Studies minors, we show great concern for the health and well-being of our community. Mental health is one of the great concerns in our country and is one of the many areas of improvement; according to Healthy People 2020, the national health promotion and disease prevention initiative, mental disorders are one of the leading causes of disability and as such the initiative set a goal to “improve mental health through prevention and by ensuring access to appropriate, quality mental health services”. The Greenwood Center was working to help the country achieve this goal.
As you probably know, Kirksville is a very rural area where access to specialized health care can be limited, causing many families to travel to Columbia, St. Louis, or Kansas City, MO to seek the care they require. This causes a financial deficit for these families due to the travel costs and medical bills for this specialized care. Truman State University has been a huge supporter of the Kirksville community and a primary resource for health education and promotion programs, such as assisting in the NEMO Heart Health Coalition with the Gents and Joules Gala and Heart and Sole Walk. Truman bought the Greenwood Center with the intention of expanding the Disability Studies minor and providing access to specialized mental health care to the Kirksville community by planning and implementing educational events related to mental health, as well as making it a clinic for mental disorders.
The first step for the Greenwood Center to help the Kirksville community is by providing funding to Truman State University with the sole purpose of jump starting the progress of making the old Greenwood School into the Greenwood Center, the premiere mental health care provider in this area. With the support of our State Representatives, the Truman State University can rally in support of this project and begin raising significant funds for Greenwood Center.
Thank you for your prompt and courteous attention to this very important matter. We look forward to hearing from you with regard to this request. Please feel free to contact us at the address below.
Krista Davidson, Meghan Jones, Ashley Nieman, Savannah Peters, Amanda Tse, and the Truman State University Community
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