Matters, Measures and Momentum:  Addressing Infant Mortality in the Kansas City Region – May 11

Matters, Measures and Momentum:  Addressing Infant Mortality in the Kansas City Region Sponsored by Mother & Child Health Coalition with support from Children’s Mercy Kansas City Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Annual Meeting is usually held the 4th Friday in April; however this year, we are combining the annual meeting with a forum on infant mortality to be held on Friday, May 11. This forum will spotlight experts on trends and contributing factors, and stimulate strategies to reduce infant mortality in the Kansas City region.   Participants will be introduced to The Infant Mortality Dashboard—a user-friendly tool capturing Kansas City area data—AND participate in the development of an action agenda to improve perinatal and infant outcomes. Friday, May 11, 2018 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Delta Athenaeum 900 Linwood Blvd. Kansas City MO 64109 Directions to the Delta Athenaeum Lunch will be provided. Please register HERE Keynote Speaker Arthur James, MD, is a general obstetrician and gynecologist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. SPECIAL REQUEST: In honor of Mother’s Day, please consider making a special donation to Mother & Child Health Coalition to help every child celebrate their first birthday. With each $10.00 donation you can upload a picture of yourself and/or a woman who has made a strong impact on your life. The pictures will be displayed during our May 11 Annual Business Meeting. Here is the link to upload photos: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MMDC18  4.0 CEs available Continuing Education: B.E. Education Group, LLC is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 4.0 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, and LMHT re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number LT0258-0310. B.E. Education Group, LLC is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 14-002. Pre-approval by (BSRB) providership for social workers is accepted for psychologists, professional counselors, masters prepared criteria for diagnosis and treatment. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. For licensed professionals, please bring license # to the workshop to receive your CEU Certificate of Attendance. Print a flier to share: IMC Flyer-printing 3-20-18.2 REGISTER...

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Safe Haven for Newborns Day Proclamations April 5, 2018

The Kansas City Safe Haven for Newborns Coalition made it a goal this year to secure proclamations from both states, Kansas and Missouri. Governors Eric Greitens (MO) and Jeff Colyer (KS) signed the proclamations, making Thursday, April 5, 2018, the first Safe Haven for Newborns Day statewide. This helps to spread awareness that Safe Haven laws exist to save lives – to protect infants from abandonment or death, and to protect the parent from prosecution. A parent who is unable or unwilling to take care of their infant can relinquish the baby, up to 45 days old, at a Safe Haven location without having to answer any questions. The child will be turned over to the division of family services and will be placed in a loving home. Since the group has been tracking relinquishments, these are the statistics: MO- 37; KS- 8; KC metro: 4. To learn more, visit Safe Haven for Newborns In addition to Kansas and Missouri, the cities of Independence and Kansas City, Missouri, and Shawnee, KS also issued Safe Haven for Newborns Day proclamations. Many thanks to all who helped with this project. State of Missouri:  State of Kansas:...

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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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