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Missouri: Migrant Whole Health Outreach, Inc. (A Former EPA CARE Project)

The summary below provides a description of a Kennett, Missouri project that received a cooperative agreement from EPA’s former Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program in 2010. These case studies serve as historic references, and conditions since the project was funded may have changed.

The resources developed for this project provide communities with information about ways that other communities have addressed environmental issues. Communities can use these project results to reduce environmental impacts, understand risks and become stewards of their own environment.


Migrant Whole Health Outreach, Inc. 
Forward Community of Hope 
Kennett, Missouri 
Region 7

Migrant Whole Health Outreach (MWHO), a successful CARE Level I recipient in 2007, has now received a CARE Level II cooperative agreement grant for their Forward Community of Hope project. MWHO is an interfaith-based organization founded by migrant workers to address the needs of seasonal and settled migrant families in the 'Bootheel' of Missouri and surrounding border areas of Arkansas. MWHO will focus on the John Deere community in the area of Dunklin County. The CARE Level I consensus meetings outlined three critical priorities for this project. The first priority is to implement reservoir-hydrant infrastructure for waste and storm water. The second priority is to reduce hazards involving pesticides, solid waste, and stray animals. The third priority is to address drinking water and indoor/outdoor air quality issues.

Established CARE Partners: Senath State Bank, Kennett Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Health Network, The Bootheel Economic Planning Commission, Legal Aide of Southern Missouri, The United Way, Twin Rivers Hospital, Dunklin County Water District 2, Dunklin County Caring Council, University of Missouri Extension, Dunklin County Health Department, Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Alliance for Farm Worker Concerns and Southeast Missouri State University.