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ST. LOUIS -- The "For the Sake of All" Community Feedback forum open house, which had been postponed because of weather, has been rescheduled. It will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the Learning Lab at the Forest Park Visitor Center, 5595 Grand Drive, on the north side of Forest Park near the Missouri History Museum. 

It had been scheduled for Monday, March 3.

Members of the community are being asked to weigh in on a groundbreaking study by researchers at Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis that examines the health and well-being of African Americans in the region.

Those who are interested can stop by to meet the researchers and view posters and other visual aids that summarize five policy briefs released last year. Visitors will be asked to provide feedback on the clarity, content and appropriateness of draft report elements and recommendations.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested and can be made on the event registration page.

The “For the Sake of All” study is funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health and includes faculty from WUSTL and Saint Louis University. WUSTL’s Institute for Public Health, the Brown School’s Policy Forum, the St. Louis American newspaper and the online news site St. Louis Beacon are partners as well.

Policy briefs were released beginning late last summer and throughout last fall in these five areas:

  • “How Can We Save Lives — and Save Money — in St. Louis? Invest in Economic and Educational Opportunity,” written by Jason Q. Purnell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Brown School at Washington University and lead researcher on the project;
  • “How Does Health Influence School Dropout?” written by William F. Tate, Ph.D., the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL;
  • “How Can We Improve Mental Health in St. Louis? Invest in Our Community and Raise Awareness,” written by Darrell Hudson, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Brown School;
  • Segregation: Divided Cities Lead to Differences in Health,” written by Melody S. Goodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Keon L. Gilbert, Dr.PH., assistant professor of behavioral science and health education in the College for Public Health & Social Justice at Saint Louis University; and
  • Chronic Disease in St. Louis: Progress for Better Health,” written by Bettina F. Drake, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery in Public Health Sciences at the Washington University School of Medicine, and Keith Elder, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Department of Health Management & Policy for the College for Public Health & Social Justice at Saint Louis University.

After the community forum, the researchers will brief St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on the project. Plans also are being made to brief the St. Louis Board of Aldermen as well as County Executive Charles Dooley, the St. Louis County Council and the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus and other St. Louis area legislators in Jefferson City.

The “For the Sake of All” team will issue a final report and present policy recommendations at a community conference on Friday, May 30 — just two weeks after the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, and five weeks prior to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

For more information on the “For the Sake of All” project, visit