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CSI: Child Safety Initiative Conference Tuesday, April 11

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in News | Comments Off on CSI: Child Safety Initiative Conference Tuesday, April 11

“Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids” Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City MO 64110 Registration is $60 per person and covers breakfast and lunch, and all conference materials. Register today: HERE Purpose of conference: Play is the work of children. We need to create safe play environments for children to promote healthy lifestyles through their lifespans, focusing on safe play at each developmental stage of childhood, This conference will: • Increase awareness of the importance of play in the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of children • Promote increased access for safe play activities • Develop strategies to decrease risk of injuries at play • Enhance advocacy efforts for safe play in the home, school and community settings Continuing Education: • This educational activity has been awarded 6 contact hours. Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. • 6 Social Work CEUs will be provided to licensed social workers. Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Department of Social Work & Community Services has been approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Successful Completion for continuing education credit: • Participate in conference presentations and activities • Sign in at beginning of the conference • Completion of electronic evaluation Registration Fee: $60 by April 6. NOTE: Payment CANNOT be accepted at Kauffman; all registration fees MUST be received in advance.  Cancellations must be received by April 6; After April 6 there will be a $15 cancellation...

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WEAR BLUE DAY PHOTO CONTEST

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on WEAR BLUE DAY PHOTO CONTEST

WEAR BLUE DAY PHOTO CONTEST It’s a contest for Child Abuse Prevention Month, and you can participate!! Here’s what to do: Take a photo of yourself or your group in blue and send it to wearbluekc@gmail.com. On April 7, Wear Blue Day, go to the Prevent Child Abuse KC Facebook page, and like and share your photo: http://ow.ly/XUiu30achFm The contest will run April 7, 8 and 9. The photo with the most likes by the end of the day on April 9 will win 2 tickets in the KCP&L suite for a performance at the Sprint Center!! The winner will be announced on Monday, April 10. Good luck! Questions: info@mchc.net Spread the Word  Keep kids in our communities safe by knowing the signs of child abuse and neglect, what to do and who to contact. You can download the following materials to help you share this important information within your community: 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month flier:  CAPM2017Flyer Wear Blue Day flier: CAPM2017wearBlueDayEngSpa 2017 Child Abuse Fact Sheet: CAPM2017FactSheet If you suspect child abuse or neglect, you can call these numbers: Missouri: 1-800- 392-3738 Kansas:    1-800-922-5330 For more information on child abuse prevention, visit these Web sites: Prevent Child Abuse America Missouri Children’s Division Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri Missouri KidsFirst Kansas Child Protection...

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WANTED: Social Media & Internet Marketing Intern for Mother’s Day 2017 Project

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News | Comments Off on WANTED: Social Media & Internet Marketing Intern for Mother’s Day 2017 Project

 INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION Social Media & Internet Marketing Intern for Mother’s Day 2017 Project Agency: Mother & Child Health Coalition  Department name: Communications  Overview of the program: Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC), a recognized non-profit leader in the field of maternal & child health with particular expertise in combating health inequities and social determinants of health all focused on decreasing infant mortality within the Kansas City metropolitan area, believes that every child deserves a healthy start.  MCHC’s work is aimed at improving health outcomes and addressing health disparities through community intervention activities and public awareness campaigns.   Overview of the internship: Social Media & Internet Marketing Intern We are seeking an avid social media user, excellent communicator, good graphic designer and writer as a communication intern to create a targeted marketing campaign for Mother’s Day 2017. This internship is intended for an individual interested in learning more about non-profit communication and marketing.   Major functions of work will include: Research effective marketing strategies using social media and crowd sourcing tools. Write and design a multi-faceted campaign to raise funds for MCHC around Mother’s Day. Create elements of the campaign for MCHC’s website, FaceBook page and Twitter feed. Regularly communicate with staff to ensure coordination. Utilize word of mouth marketing, and Internet marketing techniques to increase traffic, brand awareness. Leverage social networks to strengthen relationships with existing clients and increase the number of impressions on potential clients. Utilize Blogging, SEO (search engine optimization), social networking, and backlink building to raise our web presence and placement on web searches.   Key Performance Metrics: Increased number of requests for information. Increased number of clients utilizing the website. Increased number of client connections on social networks. Increased donations.   Knowledge and Skills Required: Excellent researching, communication, writing, technology-related and organizational skills. Understanding of various platforms such as WordPress, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite, Steller, and You Tube. Understanding of crowd sourcing and/or mobile fundraising technology. Solid understanding of the internet and social media marketing best practices. Fearless attitude towards technology and a willingness to learn. The intern should be driven, creative, and keep up with the latest social media trends to help develop strategies to effectively use social media and monitor the results of their use. Familiar with public health issues. Previous experience with HTML coding preferred but not required. Graduate students (public health, communication, and marketing) preferred.   When are these positions offered? Start date: Open End date: Open Hours: (internships are typically arranged to accommodate intern’s needs.) Flexible; generally M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. but some evening and weekends may be required.   Location: 2340 East Meyer Blvd., Building 1, Ste. 216 Kansas City MO 64132 Pay/ Stipend: Unpaid Travel: Limited travel within the 5-county metro KC area. Transportation – is a car required? Yes Application deadlines: Open Contact information: Submit résumé and letter of interest via: info@mchc.net Susan McLoughlin, MSN, RN, CPNP, MCHC executive director, 816-283-6242, ext. 253 or Anne Biswell, communications coordinator, at ext. 226. Mother & Child Health Coalition 2340 East Meyer Boulevard Building 1, Suite 216 Kansas City MO 64132 (816) 283-6242...

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Vaccine Safety- MAIC Quarterly Meeting March 15

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Vaccine Safety- MAIC Quarterly Meeting March 15

Slide show: “Mumps ” – Ellen Dorshow-Gordon, MPH, MT (ASCP), Epidemiologist, Jackson County Health Department...

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April Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in News | Comments Off on April Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities

The KC Child Abuse Prevention Month Planning Committee is preparing for April and each child focused agency in the metro area is asked to provide information about special events/activities/trainings that are being planned for April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017.  This information will be included in the ½-page ad that The Kansas City Star donates to our cause each April.  This is a huge donation by The Star and we are most grateful, so please get your events planned and submit your information on this simple Survey Monkey form below.  This special ad will be published in the paper on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  Many thanks to Sarah Watts at MOCSA for updating the survey form for us, and to Kristin Mills-Trowbridge, also with MOCSA, for compiling and submitting it to the Star. We need your information by Friday – March 10, so please finalize your agency’s plans for April and complete the Survey Monkey form HERE. Here is last year’s calendar as an example: CAPM2016STAR Calendar Spread the Word Keep kids safe by knowing the signs of child abuse and neglect, what to do and who to contact. You can download the following materials to help you share this important information within your community: 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month flier:  CAPM2017Flyer Wear Blue Day flier: CAPM2017wearBlueDayEngSpa 2017 Child Abuse Fact Sheet: CAPM2017FactSheet For more information on child abuse prevention, visit these Web sites: Prevent Child Abuse America Missouri Children’s Division Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri Missouri KidsFirst If you have any questions, please contact Anne Biswell at abiswell@mchc.net or (816) 283-6242 ext 226....

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Media

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Media

CHILD SAFETY INITIATIVE CONFERENCE: Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids Tuesday, April 11, 2017 MORE INFO REGISTRATION FORM We’ve set an ambitious goal of $10,000 for our year-end giving campaign.  Your gift will help families right here in the Kansas City metro area feel the peace of knowing that they and their children are a part of a caring community. DONATE We proudly use diapers from REGISTER Celebrate this Father’s Day by joining MCHC in combatting infant mortality. Donate today to ensure every day is a Happy Father’s Day!  Make a tax-deductible donation today ONLINE or via this PRINTABLE FORM.   Please join MCHC in combatting infant mortality by making a tax-deductible donation today. CLICK HERE                                             member of:              ...

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REGISTER NOW: CSI Child Safety Initiative Conference “Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids”

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in News | Comments Off on REGISTER NOW: CSI Child Safety Initiative Conference “Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids”

CSI: 2017 CHILD SAFETY INITIATIVE CONFERENCE: “Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids” Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 4801 Rockhill Road Kansas City MO 64110 Purpose of conference: Play is the work of children. We need to create safe play environments for children to promote healthy lifestyles through their lifespans, focusing on safe play at each developmental stage of childhood, This conference will: • Increase awareness of the importance of play in the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of children • Promote increased access for safe play activities • Develop strategies to decrease risk of injuries at play • Enhance advocacy efforts for safe play in the home, school and community settings Continuing Education: • This educational activity has been awarded 6 contact hours. Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. • 6 Social Work CEUs will be provided to licensed social workers. Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Department of Social Work & Community Services has been approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Registration Fee: $60 by March 21, 2017. ($70 March 22 – April 4.) NOTE: Payment CANNOT be accepted at Kauffman; all registration fees MUST be received in advance. Cancellation must be received by April 4. After April 4, a $15 cancellation fee will be charged. This program is joint-provided by Children’s Mercy and Mother & Child Health Coalition. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER   Contact: DuJuan Hord, Coordinator Safe Kids Metro KC Phone: (816) 283-6242 ext. 244 dhord@mchc.net...

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Today’s Total: $8,050!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Today’s Total: $8,050!

So close! Still shy of our $10,000 goal, but at this point, we’ve exceeded our goal for last year by quite a bit. Can YOU help us reach the top??? It’s not too late. Your donation will help ensure that every mother and child in the metro area will have a healthy start, and feel they are a part of a caring community. Click here to view a short Steller Story about our Kansas City Healthy Start graduation and holiday event!  CLICK HERE to make a donation today. Thanks so much for your...

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Urgent: Block Grant Would Hurt Missouri’s Children

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Urgent: Block Grant Would Hurt Missouri’s Children

We are pleased to share a message from Judy Dungan, Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Missouri Children’s Leadership Council: The Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children may soon act on a bill that would dramatically alter Missouri’s Medicaid program. These changes would leave Missouri taxpayers and health services for seniors, people with disabilities and serious mental illness, and children at risk.  Senate Bill 28 seeks to take federal funds for Medicaid services as a block grant (or a set, capped amount of funds). As a result, the state of Missouri would be on the hook for any unanticipated spending needs, resulting in either increased costs to the state, or cuts to eligibility or health services for kids, seniors, people with disabilities or serious mental illness, pregnant women, or very low-income parents. Block grants generally don’t keep up with increased health care costs, so Medicaid is slowly cut over time. If an economic downturn, health epidemic, or changing demographics increase health care costs, Missouri won’t get additional federal support. If Missouri’s costs exceed the amount in the block grant, it will have to use its own funds to make up the difference – or cut health services or eligibility for thousands of Missourians.   While Medicaid’s current financing structure is nimble and can respond to the economy or changing demographics, Senate Bill 28 leaves thousands of Missourians vulnerable to dramatic health care cuts and puts Missouri at financial risk. The members of the Senate Committee can be found here. Please contact them immediately and ask them to vote NO on SB 28: http://bit.ly/AA-SB28 For more background information, you can access all of the Missouri Budget Project’s related resources, as well as those prepared by partners, at the following website: http://www.mobudget.org/medicaid/ Best, Judy Dungan, Missouri Children’s Leadership Council Director of Policy and Advocacy   Purpose of Missouri Children’s Leadership Council The Missouri Children’s Leadership Council’s purpose is to create a powerful voice to speak out for children. Its goal is to assure that Missouri’s public policy supports broad child/youth well-being, as well as the welfare of children and youth who are at risk because of poverty, abuse/neglect or other risk factors. What we Seek We want Missouri to rank first among states in child well-being indicators.  We want to have the capacity to shape and define the debate about what is good for children, and to be able to work collectively across multiple systems (legislative, administrative, and building public will in the broader community) in partnership with funders, business and civic leaders, and other human service...

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Message from the Chair, Winter 2017

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Message from the Chair, Winter 2017

Dear Friends: We have passed through an unpleasant election season which left many people apprehensive about the impact of inevitable changes. We then heard messages about the need for unity and finding common ground. I have found comfort and hope reflecting on the gifts of time, talent and support from all our community partners who find common ground in the Mother & Child Health Coalition’s mission and vision that: Every child deserves a healthy start. My heartfelt thanks go out to all who contribute to that vital network of support for families struggling to overcome many challenges in realizing this vision. It is a blessing that MCHC has been able to maintain programs and initiatives which support families aiming to guide their precious children toward healthier, happier, and more productive lives. I am grateful for and humbled by the efforts of dedicated leaders on our MCHC board and the hard work of our staff who constantly exceed requirements of their roles. New census data from 2015, released in September, showed higher household incomes, lower levels of poverty, and higher rates of health insurance coverage than in the previous year, and we are relieved to finally see a trend in this direction. However, 13.5 percent of people still lived in poverty, 14.5 million of them children, and of these people, 4.2 million were under the age of 5. Poor children often lack access to opportunities and environments that support optimal development. I ask for your continued gifts investing in improved conditions for these children in our communities. MCHC will continue to seek out new relationships and consider new initiatives which can further our goal to promote wellness and advocate excellence in health care for families. I hope that during these shorter, dark days of winter you find joy and renewal in traditions and celebrations of the season with those dear to you. I encourage time devoted to nurturing your own inner light so that you may continue to find the strength to help others.  Many thanks for all you do for our babies, our hope for the future, and for the greatest gift of yourself. – Theresa Rodgers Campbell, MCHC Chairperson...

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