Meet 2021-2022 Alliance President - Barbara Hover
As President of MSMA’s Alliance, Barbara Hover will lead the physician spouse group in areas of community health, advocacy, and education. Having devoted over 35 years to issues affecting children, Mrs. Hover currently is serving as Ozark’s Special Road District Commissioner. She sits on the board of Ozarks Fighting Back, an Advisory Board of Community Partnership of the Ozarks; the Greene County Medical Society Alliance (GCMSA) of which she is co-president, and on the Congregational Care Committee at Messiah Lutheran Church.
She has served on the Springfield DWI Task Force and co-authored with her husband a paper measuring the effectiveness of a Community sponsored DWI Intervention for Teens. She also directed the GCMSA’s educational DVDs “Pills are NOT a Party” and “Smoking Makes Me Ugly.” She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Springfield and was City Coordinator for the Reading is Fundamental RIF project. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Child Advocacy Center and as President of the Springfield Council of PTAs as well as PTA President for Kickapoo High school and Disney Elementary. Other volunteer activities have included the American Heart Association, Springfield Symphony, Kitchen Clinic, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
Mrs. Hover is currently Director of Programs for the American Medical Association Alliance. She has chaired the AMA Alliance Health Committee and the National Initiatives Task Force. She was also chair of the committee that created the Opioid education materials for the AMA Alliance which are being marketed nationally.
Her program this year will be “Better Together” and will focus on equity and access to care.
An Ozark native, Mrs. Hover received her B.S. in Chemistry from Missouri State University. Following that, she worked as a medical research assistant in the Pharmacology Department at the Washington University School of Medicine. She is a published co-author of numerous papers on Diabetes and Endocrinology. She is the mother of five and married forty-nine years to Alexander Hover, MD. They have fifteen grandchildren.