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What is OWN it?
OWN it is Ozarks Wellness Network, a collaborative of health and wellness organizations coordinated by Cox Medical Center Branson, dedicated to promoting healthier and safer lifestyles, and committed to work together to share goals and resources. By working together, we can limit duplication of services and programs, and actually reach more people more effectively. Working together also helps us compete for and receive grants for more services in our area.

Why should I care about a healthier community?
A healthy community is an economically sound community. Treatment programs, lost productivity, and healthcare costs are expensive. Wellness and prevention save money. Wellness and prevention are what we’re all about.

Who is a part of OWN it?
So far, 20 community partners are engaged and committed to improving community health. They include: Cox Medical Center Branson, Stone County Health Department, Taney County Health Department, Skaggs Foundation, Christian Action Ministries, Lakes Area Child Advocacy Center, Taney County Business Development, Jesus Was Homeless, OACAC, Earls Family Broadcasting, Love, INC, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ozarks, Ozark Mtn. YMCA, Larry Simmering Recovery Center, Regional Office – Division of Development, Faith Community Health Center, Branson Christian Church, First Christian Church Kimberling City, Life Skills Touchpoint Autism Services, C.A.P.E. Foundation, Inc., Branson Parents as Teachers, and Parenting Life Skills Center.

What is OWN it doing?
A 2012 community needs assessment identified several areas the Stone and Taney county areas need to address in order to be healthier. Those needs are:

Tobacco cessation and second-hand smoke
Unhealthy body weight
Substance abuse
Child and family safety
Food insecurity
Senior health
Dental health
Community health education
Mental health

Tobacco cessation classes, healthy cooking classes, distribution of Pack & Play cribs to families in need are just a few of many projects to come in our community, all spear-headed by OWN it member organizations.