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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 published in the paper on Saturday – March 25, 2017.  Many thanks to Sarah Watts at MOCSA for updating the survey form for us! We must submit information to The Star by Friday – March 10, so please finalize your agency’s plans for April and complete the information form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCQ7YBP Here is last year’s calendar as an example: CAPM2016STAR Calendar If you have any questions, please contact Anne Biswell at abiswell@mchc.net or (816) 283-6242 ext 226....

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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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We Are Thankful for You

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on We Are Thankful for You

We just want to say to each of you, Happy Thanksgiving! When we reflect on all the things to be thankful for during this season, you. our friends, colleagues, volunteers, interns, partners and all our supporters, are high on the list. Have a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at MCHC. Susan McLoughlin, Executive...

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Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays

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Traveling Safely Over the Holidays- Tips from Safe Kids

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Traveling Safely Over the Holidays- Tips from Safe Kids

Going Home for the Holidays Safely Safe Kids Kansas Offers Safety Tips for Holiday Travelers   Topeka – Winter holidays often include travel to see family and friends. Whether your trip is over the river and through the woods, or the distance of a plane trip, plan ahead to ensure safe travels. “With the dramatic increase of travelers over the holiday season, getting to your holiday destination can be a harried experience,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “A little advance planning can go a long way into making your holiday a safe one.” Top Tips for Winter Travel Safety: Check for childproofing:  If your holiday travels include a stay at a relative or friend’s home be sure to talk to your host in advance about basic childproofing. This is especially important if you are visiting people whose children have already grown or those without children. Keep pill-minders and other medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Keep purses and baggage off the floor where curious children can get into items that may be toxic or cause injuries. Travel Tips by Road:  Always use a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for your child’s age and size. Babies should be kept rear-facing for as long as their car seat allows, approximately age 2. A forward-facing car seat can protect older toddlers and harnesses should be used up to the weight and height limit indicated by the car seat manufacturer. Children who have outgrown a harness seat should use a booster seat until they meet the minimum requirements of Kansas law, or the laws of the state you are visiting. For more information about the Kansas booster seat law, visit www.kansasboosterseat.org. Older children and adults must also buckle up on every ride. Travel Tips by Air:  When traveling by airplane, Safe Kids Kansas and the Federal Aviation Administration strongly recommend using a car seat. Infants and toddlers are safest in an approved car seat with a harness, in case of turbulence. Make sure your child’s car seat is labeled ‘certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.’ Children who have outgrown their harness car seats should sit directly on the airplane seat like all other passengers, keeping the lap belt buckled snugly across their thighs. Booster seats cannot be used on airplanes, because they require shoulder belts and airplane seats have only lap belts. Boosters can be checked with other luggage, or at the gate, so you have them handy at your destination. BYO Safety Gear:  If your children will be biking, skating, skateboarding, skiing or snowboarding, make sure to pack their helmet. Dress children in layers and take breaks to stay hydrated. Sleep Safely on the Go: If you have a baby and the trip involves staying overnight, consider bringing your own folding playpen, rather than relying on borrowed cribs. A survey conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide found many hotel-issued cribs to be defective, damaged or even recalled from the market. And know that the old crib at Grandma’s that was used when you were a child may not meet current safety standards or may even be recalled. If you must use a borrowed crib, inspect it carefully for broken or missing parts and look up the model on www.recalls.gov to make sure it...

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More dedicated now than ever (a letter to our members)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in News | Comments Off on More dedicated now than ever (a letter to our members)

More dedicated than ever (a letter to the MCHC membership)   Today, we at Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC) are more dedicated than ever to fulfilling our commitment to the families we serve. We find ourselves wondering just what the ramifications of the recent election will be. Will families still have access to the community supports they need to navigate the health insurance and health care system? Will advances that have been made in reducing infant mortality be reversed?   MCHC’s mission is to work together with community partners and families to promote wellness and advocate excellence in health care.  Our activities focus on education, advocacy, collaboration, assessment, networking and resource sharing.  Our priorities include infant mortality, access to care, childhood obesity reduction, breastfeeding, immunization and child safety. Our members come from over 200 organizations which serve families in the metropolitan area.   We work with our many partners in child care, health, education and the social services to improve conditions for families, particularly pregnant women and babies, so that they can have healthier, happier and more productive lives. Our families struggle to overcome many challenges around language, education, income inequality, housing, access to health care, addictions and incarceration. They have difficulties with transportation and child care so they can go to school and work to care for their families.   Our programs such as Kansas City Healthy Start have seen many successes in people’s lives, and improvements in the health of the community. The network of all the child and family-centered organizations in the KC metro area, of which we are a part, creates a powerful collective impact. We stand committed to continue to work together with all our partners and keep the trend moving towards health and wellness for all.   Every child deserves a healthy start.   Susan McLoughlin and the staff at Mother & Child Health Coalition Our Legislative Priorities for 2017: coalition-approved-advocacy-priorities-for-2017...

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APPLICATION for Board Membership

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in News | Comments Off on APPLICATION for Board Membership

Dear Friends, You are invited to apply for a position as a volunteer Mother & Child Health Coalition Board of Directors member.  If you are interested in this means of service to your community and the children and families of greater Kansas City, please fill out the form available at this link: mchc-board-application-fillable. If you have any questions, please contact: Susan McLoughlin, MSN, RN, CPNP MCHC Executive Director (816) 283-6242 ext 253 smcloughlin@mchc.net...

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