Membership Report Spring 2018

Your valuable financial and in-kind support helps us continue our many programs and activities. Heart-felt thanks to the following individual members and organizational partners joining or renewing their membership during the period of January – February – March, 2018. Please let us know of any errors or omissions. We appreciate you! New Individual Members: Sarah Czech, Abigail Filley, Mary Anne Lytle, Kathleen McNaghten, Christi Smith, Keri Williams Renewing Individual Members: Anne Biswell, Lauren Grimes, Heather Keitges, Michel Martin, Maria O’Sullivan, Jodi Petersen, Laura Rupp, Lynn Schmidt, Victoria Smith, Barbara Spaw, Amy Stout, Carey Van Kirk, Tricia Walania Renewing Organizational Members: Paula Neth, Katrina...

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Message from the Chair

April 2018 Dear friends of MCHC, I can’t believe this is my last letter to you as chair of the board. Time has really flown, and I am going to miss getting to bang the gavel and call meetings to order! As many of you know, I (like many women across the world) am extremely busy. Juggling a full-time-plus position with the city, keeping my three kids fed and getting them to the right place at the right (fingers crossed) time, being a loving and patient partner and carving out time for my health… there was really no good reason for me to take on a board position for MCHC and add to my list of personal and professional obligations. And yet, the stakes have always seemed too high to pass up the opportunity to serve MCHC and the mothers and babies of our region. Premature birth, low birth weight and infant and maternal mortality continue to be predicted by skin color; the medical community is slow to evolve and serve vulnerable families with cultural humility; mistruths and fake news about vaccine safety continues to lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases. These are the things that keep us all up at night. These are the reasons we do what we do, and these are the reasons that MCHC and its leadership must continue to constantly self-reflect and ask whether the goals of the organization are aligned with the needs of our highest-risk communities. I am confident that the board and the staff of MCHC are committed to a culture of improvement, and I look forward to working alongside them as they evolve. The next board is in very capable hands. I am grateful to my fellow board members and the staff of MCHC for making my tenure as chair so fulfilling. We have made some real progress and had some tough conversations along the way. A special thanks goes to Susan McLoughlin, who always took my commitment to moving meetings along quickly and getting done early in stride. I will continue to keep pushing, alongside MCHC and its partner organizations, until every baby is born healthy, to a healthy mother, going home together to a healthy neighborhood. Whether board chair or not, the mission doesn’t change. If all of us continue to focus on a future where health equity is possible, and continue to question the status quo and...

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Thousands of Kansas Citians joined together in wearing blue on Friday, April 6, Wear Blue Day to help spread awareness about child abuse. Abuse and neglect can have devastating effects — especially in the early years when children’s young brains are developing the most rapidly. You can prevent abuse and neglect by helping others understand child development and by sharing the child abuse reporting hotline information. In Missouri call 1-800-392-3738. In Kansas call 1-800-922-5330. People all over the metro sent in photos for the Wear Blue Day context. The photo with the most likes has won tickets to an upcoming show at Sprint Center.  Visit the Prevent Child Abuse KC Facebook page  to learn the winner. Here are some resources: CAPM_facts_2017 CAPM-flier-2017 MCHC Staff Left to Right: Anne Biswell, Jean Craig, Cristina Sanchez, Susan McLoughlin and Vanessa...

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TODAY IS SAFE HAVEN FOR NEWBORNS DAY

Safe Haven for Newborns Coalition of Greater Kansas City 3 mins ·  Today is Safe Haven for Newborns Day and this year, the governors of both MISSOURI and KANSAS have issued proclamations! Thanks, Governor Eric Greitens (MO) and Jeff Colyer (KS)! In addition, the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, Independence, Missouriand Shawnee, Kansas also proclaimed today, April 5, 2018 as Safe Haven for Newborns Day. Thanks for helping to spread the word about this life-saving law, and giving desperate, young parents another safe alternative to abandonment. Here is the one from Kansas City, MO and Mayor Sly...

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JOB POSTING: Coalition Coordinator Full-Time Position Now Open

Position Title:   Coalition Coordinator, Mother & Child Health Coalition Position Summary: The Coalition Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day coordination of activities for Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC) committees and task forces.  This position works with committees, programs, and staff to fulfill MCHC’s mission and to enhance the organization’s collective impact by engaging the greater community in activities.  Reports To:  Executive Director, Mother & Child Health Coalition Duties and Responsibilities: Support Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative and Coalition community planning efforts Provide staff support for the Board and all MCHC standing committee meetings Coordinate activities and meeting arrangements for committees, task forces, and work groups Assist the Pregnancy, Infant and Child Health Committee to establish a common agenda Help support the Community Action Network to develop and implement a community action plan Help to recruit and nurture committee members Maintain clear and concise communication with members Assist chairpersons in the facilitation of meetings Assist committees in creating SMART goals, SWOT analyses and other strategic direction documents Assist in research and preparation of grant applications to support program sustainability Prepare and maintain files of materials that address committee activities, including reports, agendas, minutes, etc. Assist with maintenance of membership rosters and e-mail lists in Outlook and Exceed database Demonstrate positive attitude and represent MCHC well to the public Other duties as assigned  Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferably in Health, Social Sciences, Education, Business, or English Experience in coordinating multiple projects Excellent oral and written communication skills; comfortable with public speaking Strong facilitation skills Efficient implementation of time management and organizational skills Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) and simple desk-top publishing software (such as Publisher) Proficient with Data Base management Knowledge and/or experience of the legislative advocacy process Working knowledge of program development and evaluation Capability to collect and evaluate health-related data Positive attitude, high energy, and proven ability to relate well with a diverse population Preferred Qualifications Experience in the non-profit field Knowledge/experience with Collective Impact and Social Determinants of Health Experience with grant-funded projects Bi-lingual (Spanish) TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION Go to www.Indeed.com and apply online (preferred) or send your résumé and a letter of interest to info@mchc.net PLEASE NOTE: applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. MCHC is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. This is a FULL-TIME position with great benefits. For information about MCHC, please visit...

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