About Us

our history

Harm reduction activities addressing substance abuse in Barton County have been in place for more than 20 years.

About Our Kids, Inc., a seasoned youth development organization, has served as a grounding force by pursuing and implementing evidence-based practices.

Currently, a multi-sector partnership (healthcare, education, substance abuse, behavioral health, faith-based and law enforcement) identifies and addresses community needs.

As the coalition grew to include three Southwest Missouri counties, the concept of establishing a regional fundraising tool would assist in area-wide harm reduction pursuits.

The result is the Rural Communities Coalition, a 501c3 not-for-profit created to support harm reduction in the areas of health and wellness in Barton, Jasper, Vernon, Cedar and Dade Counties in Missouri.

coalition members

Jerod Morey

About Our Kids, Inc

Zach Morey

About Our Kids, Inc

James Nichols

Barton County

Erick Burton

Burton Leadership Center

Bryan Tabakian

CHIPS Church

Steve Miller

Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Rebekah Oehring

Compass Health Network

Amy Neher

Cox Barton County Memorial Hospital

Christopher Wyatt

Cox Barton County Memorial Hospital

Mary Miller

Davis Insurance Agency

Melody Metzger

Lamar Democrat

Heidi Johnson

Lamar Parks & Recreation Department

Rusty Rives

Lamar Police Department

Robert Lawrence

Lamar Police Department

Lori Cable


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