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The Moniteau County Health Center held a special public meeting Feb. 14 to give residents the opportunity to voice concerns and even positive feedback regarding the county's needs.

The meeting saw 23 individuals — a number slightly higher than previous related service meetings — list organizations in the county that are positive and beneficial to its residents, needs that could better the living experience of others, and how existing organizations can expand their outreach and programs.

Positives that were gathered from participants included a good number of charities to help families during the holiday season, a food pantry, a mammogram van and back-to-school fairs.

Some points those in attendance wished to add to the county were more transportation options for those in need, more interpreters in select locations and more help for those needing to fill out forms and applications.

The information gathered in the hour-long brainstorming session will help Moniteau County Health Center administrator Andrea Kincaid and Stefani Thompson from Central Missouri Community Action to bring in speakers to educate the county on available resources.

The Related Services group meets at noon each second Thursday at the Moniteau County Health Center. It is open to anyone interested in collaborating to provide better services for the community.

Call 573-796-3412 for more information.

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