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Consumers Council of Missouri builds on its foundation, laid in 1971, to educate consumers statewide and advocate for their collective interests through leadership and partnerships on issues such as utility rates, health care access, personal finance, and others as they arise.

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Meet Alberta Slavin, founder of the consumer movement in Missouri in the 1970s. Alberta was appointed by Gov. Teasdale as the first consumer advocate to head the Missouri Public Service Commission, and later became the “On Your Side” consumer reporter for CBS, Channel 4.

I believe ordinary citizens, banding together, can make a difference.

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Consumers Council of Missouri continues to build on five decades of educating and advocating for the people across the state of Missouri. In addition to these areas of focus, we address other issues that arise relating to communities that have long been the target of structural oppression.

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Advocating for ratepayer-friendly utility policies and ensuring that consumers have a voice in monopoly marketplaces.

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Fighting predatory banking practices while working to provide financial literacy in a state with more payday lenders than McDonald’s.

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Working to expand health care access to all Missourians and to ensure that healthcare plans are priced fairly.

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Consumers Council of Missouri held our 2024 annual meeting on April 5, 2024, and we are excited to announce our new board and executive officers: Left to right, front row - Sen. Tracy McCreery, Sandy Padgett (Executive Director), Odester Saunders, Alderwoman Cara Spencer; middle row - John Bruce Coffman (Utility Consumer Counsel), Nicole Lynch, Shawna Collier (Secretary), Jackie Hutchinson (Director of Advocacy), and Jeanette Mott Oxford (President); back row - Dave Cannon (Treasurer), Etefia Umana, and Peter Merideth. Ed Weisbart (Vice-President), Les Sterman, and Georgie Donahue were unable to be present. ... See MoreSee Less

Consumers Council of Missouri held our 2024 annual meeting on April 5, 2024, and we are excited to announce our new board and executive officers: Left to right, front row - Sen. Tracy McCreery, Sandy Padgett (Executive Director), Odester Saunders, Alderwoman Cara Spencer; middle row - John Bruce Coffman (Utility Consumer Counsel), Nicole Lynch, Shawna Collier (Secretary), Jackie Hutchinson (Director of Advocacy), and Jeanette Mott Oxford (President); back row - Dave Cannon (Treasurer), Etefia Umana, and Peter Merideth. Ed Weisbart (Vice-President), Les Sterman, and Georgie Donahue were unable to be present.

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Such a great group! Hoping to work w them in the future but for now, please consider how you can help!

St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) Joins Build Missouri Health as a Fiscally Sponsored Project
St. Louis, MO – April 1, 2024 - The St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) is pleased to announce its new affiliation with Build Missouri Health as a fiscally sponsored project. SLEHCRA, a coalition of nonprofit and community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, has long been dedicated to increasing investment in low-and-moderate-income communities and minority communities. SLEHCRA does this by working collaboratively with banks to ensure their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws are met. Over the past fourteen years, SLEHCRA has been successful in promoting economic growth and banking equity in the region.
Build Missouri Health (BMH), with its mission to foster and amplify community-led innovations through partnerships resulting in radical systems changes that create equitable health outcomes, is thrilled to welcome SLEHCRA into its fold. This partnership represents a significant step towards addressing the systemic issues that impact both housing and health outcomes in the St. Louis region.
Jasmine Hall Ratliff, Executive Director of BMH, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, "At BMH, we believe that health equity begins with addressing the social determinants of health, including access to safe and affordable housing and a sustainable income. We are thrilled to welcome SLEHCRA as a fiscally sponsored project and look forward to leveraging our combined efforts to create meaningful change in the St. Louis community."
SLEHCRA also looks forward to continuing its vital role in the St. Louis region in partnership with BMH; "Working together presents an incredible opportunity to expand our impact and further our mission”, commented Jackie Hutchinson, SLEHCRA Co-Chair and Director of Advocacy for Consumers Council of Missouri. “Together, we will continue to advocate for a more inclusive and prosperous St. Louis for all."
With this collaboration, SLEHCRA and BMH are poised to drive positive change and improve outcomes for communities across the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) Joins Build Missouri Health as a Fiscally Sponsored Project
St. Louis, MO – April 1, 2024 - The St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) is pleased to announce its new affiliation with Build Missouri Health as a fiscally sponsored project. SLEHCRA, a coalition of nonprofit and community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, has long been dedicated to increasing investment in low-and-moderate-income communities and minority communities. SLEHCRA does this by working collaboratively with banks to ensure their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws are met.  Over the past fourteen years, SLEHCRA has been successful in promoting economic growth and banking equity in the region.
Build Missouri Health (BMH), with its mission to foster and amplify community-led innovations through partnerships resulting in radical systems changes that create equitable health outcomes, is thrilled to welcome SLEHCRA into its fold. This partnership represents a significant step towards addressing the systemic issues that impact both housing and health outcomes in the St. Louis region.
Jasmine Hall Ratliff, Executive Director of BMH, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, At BMH, we believe that health equity begins with addressing the social determinants of health, including access to safe and affordable housing and a sustainable income. We are thrilled to welcome SLEHCRA as a fiscally sponsored project and look forward to leveraging our combined efforts to create meaningful change in the St. Louis community.
SLEHCRA also looks forward to continuing its vital role in the St. Louis region in partnership with BMH; Working together presents an incredible opportunity to expand our impact and further our mission”, commented Jackie Hutchinson, SLEHCRA Co-Chair and Director of Advocacy for Consumers Council of Missouri. “Together, we will continue to advocate for a more inclusive and prosperous St. Louis for all.
With this collaboration, SLEHCRA and BMH are poised to drive positive change and improve outcomes for communities across the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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