The Northeast Missouri C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meeting on Wednesday, April 17 will feature guest speakers Jim Meyer and Karla Voss

The Northeast Missouri C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meeting on Wednesday, April 17 will feature guest speakers Jim Meyer and Karla Voss. Their presentation will focus on implementation and maintaining/sustaining a worksite wellness program.

Karla Voss is a Health Educator III at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. She works with partners to encourage sustainable evidence-based chronic disease prevention strategies. Voss assists agencies to plan, implement and evaluate initiatives on healthy eating, active living and tobacco prevention. She conducts trainings and provides resources for partners on health promotion subjects, with an emphasis in worksite wellness and lactation support. She represents the Department on the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition’s Worksites workgroup. Previously, Voss worked for a rural county health department and a private non-profit implementing healthy lifestyle initiatives. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, graduating from Truman State University with a Bachelor’s in Health Science with 10 years of experience in public health.

Jim Meyer grew-up on a small farm near High Point, in Moniteau county. He is the youngest of six children, all of them boys. In 1989, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Continuing his education at MU, he earned a Master of Science degree in Food Science in 1991. After completing his graduate degree, Jim was hired by University of Missouri Extension in June 1991 as a nutrition and health education specialist. He serves three counties in the Northeast region with his office in Ralls County. Currently, Jim lives near Hannibal.

The C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meets the third Wednesday of each month at Fiddlestiks in Hannibal with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a program and the meeting at noon. Healthcare and social service organizations and leaders throughout Northeast Missouri are encouraged to participate. The Partnership encourages and supports initiatives which enhance the health and vitality of residents of Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls and Shelby counties. The C.H.A.R.T. Partnership serves as a vehicle for regular dialogue among regional health leaders, encouraging a shared understanding of regional health challenges and the emergence of activity designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents of the region. For more information about the C.H.A.R.T. Partnership, contact Kallie St. Clair, 2019 Chairperson for the Partnership, at kalliemstclair@gmail.com.