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JOB OPENING: Half-Time FIMR Program Coordinator

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in News | Comments Off on JOB OPENING: Half-Time FIMR Program Coordinator

Position Title: Fetal Infant Mortality Review Coordinator Position Summary: This half-time position provides overall coordination and management of the Kansas City FIMR program. Reports To: Executive Director, Mother & Child Health Coalition The Kansas City Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (KC-FIMR) is a community process that continually assesses the service system and community resources for women, infants, and families with the intent of improving services and systems. The KC-FIMR process brings together key members of the community to review information from individual cases of fetal and infant death in order to identify the factors associated with those deaths, determine if they represent system problems that require change, develop recommendations for change and assist in the implementation of change. KC-FIMR will coordinate activities to monitor and investigate fetal-infant mortality, examine potential service gaps and recommend further investigations and prevention efforts. Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinate all activities of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Process for Kansas City Missouri Assure bereavement support is offered to mothers Provide guidance, leadership and coordination for procedures, meetings and events related to the FIMR process in Kansas City including: Medical Records Abstraction Abstracting case information of vital statistics and medical records; and Developing case summaries for fetal and infant death to be reviewed by the KC-FIMR Case Review Team (CRT). Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the leadership of the KC-FIMR collaborative partners including the state and local health departments and local Medical Examiner. Home Interviewing Finding, contacting and interviewing the mother who has experienced the loss of a fetus or infant; Gathering additional case information as needed; Maintaining working relationship with agencies and local providers; Integrating information from home interviews into the development of case summaries Case Review Team (CRT) Provide staff support to the Chairperson of the CRT; Prepare materials and coordinating meeting arrangements for FIMR case review meetings; Assist with the review and analysis of information from the medical abstractions and home interviews; Work with CRT to summarize findings and create recommendations to improve the community’s service delivery system and resources; Recruit appropriate CRT members Support the Community Action Team (CAT) and the relevant MCHC committees/task forces in the following areas: Facilitate the sharing of the recommendations made by the case review team; Participate on the CAT to develop appropriate community action plans with interventions to improve services and resources; Participate in the Kansas City Kansas FIMR CRT and CAT; Develop and maintain effective working relationship with the leadership of the KCMO Health Commission Birth Outcomes Monitoring Committee and Healthy Communities Wyandotte County Community Health Council; Prepare KC-FIMR related documents, including reports and presentations and submit all reports in a timely manner. Collect and maintain Kansas City Metro Area Infant Mortality related data base to include in annual community dashboard report. Required Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in nursing, social work or related field Three years professional experience, preferably in in obstetrics and pediatrics, neonatology or perinatology Familiar with chart review and home visiting Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) Proficient with Data Base management, including SPSS software Excellent written and oral communication skills Experience with data collection, presentations and report writing Ability to pay close attention to detail Efficient implementation of time management and organizational...

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

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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:  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 5-11-18 REGISTER...

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MCHC Spring 2018 Newsletter

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Spring 2018 Newsletter

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As the Weather Heats Up, Don’t Forget the Baby

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on As the Weather Heats Up, Don’t Forget the Baby

National Heatstroke Awareness Day is July 31, 2018. Heatstroke tragedy can happen to any family. Be prepared to prevent it. Follow these tips to protect your child. Share them with family and friends so they understand the danger, too. Together, we can stop vehicular heatstroke deaths. Look Before You Lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away. A Gentle Reminder. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child. A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely. A Key to Safety. Keep your vehicle locked and keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle. Act Fast to Save a Life. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911. Chances are the child was left by accident. If the child appears in distress or is non-responsive, remove the child from the vehicle and spray the child with cool water. Information and Rescores are provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....

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Safe Haven for Newborns Day Proclamations April 5, 2018

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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 innovate our organization, I truly believe that success is within our reach. Sarah Martin PhD, MPP, MPH Mother & Child Health Coalition Board Chair, 2017-2018...

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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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Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 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 and apply online (preferred) or send your résumé and a letter of interest to 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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