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PREVENT CHILD ABUSE: Friday, April 6 is Wear Blue Day

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on PREVENT CHILD ABUSE: Friday, April 6 is Wear Blue Day

Wearing BLUE in Kansas City for child abuse prevention – Friday, April 6! April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and child advocacy groups are gearing up for lots of special events during the month. The Kansas City Star will publish a calendar of all these events on Saturday, March 26th. Buy and paper and support our loyal partner, the KC Star. Please show your commitment to Child Abuse Prevention Month and our shared responsibility to keep kids safe by registering to wear BLUE in the form HERE.  It is not just about wearing BLUE, but even more importantly, it’s about telling people WHY you are wearing BLUE on Friday, April 6. This is a simple way we all can make a difference, educating one person at a time. It only takes a few minutes to register your name and it doesn’t cost a cent! Wear Blue Day 6th Annual Photo Contest Take a photo of yourself or your group in blue and send it to The photo with the most LIKES will win tickets to an upcoming show at Sprint Center. Prize will be announced on Monday, April, 10th. Why Blue? In the spring of 1989, a grandmother from Virginia began the BLUE ribbon campaign as a tribute to her grandson, a three-year-old who died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend. Since that time, concerned citizens all over the country have worn BLUE as a symbol of the need to prevent child abuse.  We are asking all citizens who care about children and their safety to pledge to wear BLUE on Friday, April 6 – Wear Blue...

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May 11- MCHC Annual Meeting/Infant Mortality Conference

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in News | Comments Off on May 11- MCHC Annual Meeting/Infant Mortality Conference

Save the date! 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 conference on infant mortality. Friday, May 11, 2018 All day (approximately 8:00 – 4:00) Delta Athenaeum 900 Linwood Blvd. Kansas City MO 64109 Details and registration will be available soon.

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Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather – Tips from Safe Kids

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather – Tips from Safe Kids

Safe Kids Kansas Offers Safety Tips for Severe Weather Awareness Week  Topeka — While the threat of severe weather in Kansas is year-round, March 5-9 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas, and a good opportunity to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness with your family. In 2017, the National Weather Service reported about 60 tornadoes statewide. Kansas also experiences numerous other high impact weather events, including blizzards, severe thunderstorms, and floods. “When severe weather strikes you often have only a few minutes to respond and seek shelter. It is essential for you and your family to be prepared in an emergency,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. Safe Kids Kansas recommends becoming familiar with the type of weather you may encounter, prepare an emergency disaster kit, and practice your emergency plan frequently with your entire family. Many people do not understand the difference between a watch and a warning. When conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued. Information from weather radar, spotters, and other sources is used to issue severe thunderstorm and tornado WARNINGS for areas where severe weather is imminent. Severe weather warnings are passed to local radio and television stations, and broadcast over weather alert radios. These warnings are also relayed to local emergency management and public safety officials who then activate the local warning systems to alert communities. Remember, thunderstorms are very dangerous and can become tornadic quickly, so shelter is advised for those warnings as well.  Getting to a safe shelter in advance of a storm is especially important for families with children or individuals with a disability. Safe Kids Kansas recommends assembling an emergency disaster kit in advance. If you determine you need to take shelter, be sure every family member puts on hard-soled footwear and take your emergency disaster kit with you. An emergency disaster kit should contain: non-perishable food items and water; a manual can opener if your kit contains canned food; blankets or sleeping bags; a change of clothing for each family member; a first-aid kit; prescription medications; sun block; a flashlight and batteries; a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio; a set of car and house keys; a whistle to signal for help; a highway map that marks the counties to follow the storm; identification and a credit card or cash; and, any specific items you may need for children such as diapers or formula. Additional supplies and equipment may be necessary for family members with disabilities or medical conditions. Don’t forget your pets will also need supplies, including food, water, collars and leashes. For smaller animals you may want to have a crate or a cage to help keep them safe and close. Another good preparation tool is to designate an out-of-state friend or family member as your family contact in case weather strikes while your family members are apart. “Each family member should know the phone number of the emergency contact person and call to alert them they are safe and where they are going to be,” said Sage. Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents to develop an emergency plan for severe weather in advance, and practice the plan often with your children, just as you do for other emergencies, such as a house fire. Be sure...

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CDC Says 114 Children Have Died From Flu This Season

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in News | Comments Off on CDC Says 114 Children Have Died From Flu This Season

ABC World News Tonight (3/2) reported the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data showing that nationally, 17 more children have died due to flu-related illnesses this season, bringing the total to 114. ABC added, “More than the past two years, and we’re still in this.” The CBS Evening News (3/2) reported that by comparison, there were 40 pediatric deaths “at this time last year.” So far, the flu is still “widespread in 45 states, down from 48 last week.” According to the CBS Weekend News (3/3), “The CDC says the worst of the flu season is finally behind us.” Similarly, NBC Nightly News (3/2) reported the CDC said the season has “definitely peaked” but nevertheless “warns it is still widespread in 45 states.” The Washington Post (3/2) reported that although the season has peaked, “increasing numbers of people are being infected by a secondary strain of the respiratory virus that could lead to a late-season bump,” federal officials announced Friday. They predicted the flu season could continue until mid-April. The Post said “the intensity of illness has made it the worst since the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010.” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund explained, “Today’s flu data show activity is down significantly for the second consecutive week, which means we peaked in early February. … However…there is still a lot of flu out there.” USA Today (3/2) reported CDC data show physician visits for the flu comprised five percent of outpatient visits, “down from 6.4% the week before” and down from 7.7 percent several weeks ago – “the highest since the swine flu pandemic of 2009.” The CDC said this year’s flu vaccines were about 36 percent effective overall and 59 percent effective in children. FURTHER READING CDC: 114 children have died from flu, activity decreasing...

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in News | Comments Off on JOB OPENING: COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

 Job Summary- The CHW is responsible for the care coordination and case management of families enrolled in the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative.  Responsibilities and Duties Enrolls and case manages yearly, at least 50 pregnant or postpartum women and their infants up to two years of age, and their families, using a home-visiting model Assists with the on-going care coordination to pregnant and postpartum women and infants up to two years and their families Administers depression screens to program participants and makes appropriate referrals Assures referral and/or enrollment of program participants and their families in health coverage under the ACA in greater Kansas City Develops a plan of care with the program participant and modifies plan when appropriate Provides assistance in locating, expediting, and coordinating medical and psycho-social services which are culturally appropriate Prepares monthly reports for the Evaluation Team Recruits program participants to participate in the Community Action Network Assists with providing referral resources to significant other males and fathers of the children enrolled in the program  Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in social work, nursing, or related field experience Qualification Requirements: At least 5 years’ experience working in the maternal and child area Familiarity with the neighborhood services Experience with grassroots organizations and coalescing neighborhoods and their residents Ability to work effectively with project staff and to be a team player Capacity to maintain full confidentiality of program participant information and data   Minimum Qualifications: One of the two open positions requires bilingual English/Spanish. The Community Health Worker should be very familiar with the community service area and urban neighborhoods, and comfortable working with a diverse population. Ability to work independently to achieve program goals.  Benefits: Full Time position with competitive salary and benefits. Open until filled. To apply, send a letter of interest and a copy of your résumé to NOTE: Applications received without a letter of interest AND résumé will not be considered. Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative is a program of Mother & Child Health Coalition....

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REMINDER- CANCELED: Youth & Mental Health: Living in an Anxious World: January 26, 2018 MCHC Quarterly Meeting

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in News | Comments Off on REMINDER- CANCELED: Youth & Mental Health: Living in an Anxious World: January 26, 2018 MCHC Quarterly Meeting

We are very sorry for any inconvenience but we are obliged to cancel this meeting. The program will be presented at the July 27 Quarterly meeting instead.  ———————————————————————- Nationally and locally, there has been an increase in mental health problems in children and adolescents. Today, one in 5 children and adolescents have a mental health problem. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem among children, affecting 13% between the ages of 9 and 17. This details a reality that can create powerful barriers to success for the youth we serve. Join us on Friday, January 26, from 8:00-11:30 a.m. at the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, in the Biery Auditorium for the MCHC Quarterly meeting to hear keynote speaker, Kimberly Nelson, SAMHSA Region 7 Administrator, discuss youth mental health issues. You will hear from local adolescents about their struggles with anxiety as they navigate through high school and prepare to leave for college. This educational event will also include information on agencies in metro KC that are helping youth conquer mental health issues and a call for action during a breakout discussion. To register please visit and for more information contact Shannon Williams at...

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Mid America Immunization Coalition Quarterly Meeting March 7

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Mid America Immunization Coalition Quarterly Meeting March 7

Save the date for the MAIC Quarterly Membership meeting: Wednesday, March 7 11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. Arts & Heritage Center 8788 Metcalf Overland Park, KS Lunch will be provided. Registration will be opening soon!  

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in News | Comments Off on HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE from all of us at MCHC

Susan, Jean, Shannon, DuJuan, Gina, Paul, Mary Jean, Vanessa and...

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in News | Comments Off on WE’VE MOVED!

As of January 1, 2018 our new address is: 1734 E. 63rd Street Suite 301 Kansas City MO 64110 We look forward to welcoming you in our new space. Susan, Jean, Shannon, DuJuan, Gina, Paul, Vanessa, Cristina and Anne

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Apply for the “Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award”

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Apply for the “Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award”

The Business Case for Breastfeeding Supporting breastfeeding employees is good for business. Employers who provide a supportive environment to help women continue breastfeeding after childbirth enjoy many proven benefits that directly affect their bottom line.  These include: Lower health care costs Lower turnover rates Lower absenteeism rates Higher employee productivity and morale Positive public relations in the community as a “family friendly” business We invite your company to join the hundreds of breastfeeding-friendly companies across the United States, in the state of Missouri and in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area that have implemented lactation support programs and experienced bottom-line benefits. The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department and Mother & Child Health Coalition are currently collaborating as part of a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to identify employers who support breastfeeding mothers as they return to the workplace.   Mother & Child Health Coalition is working with B.E. Education Group, LLC to implement and encourage employers to participate in this important worksite initiative.   This initiative can be a win-win for both your company and your employees, by establishing a worksite lactation support program as part of your company’s health benefit program. To view the criteria or to apply for the “Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award” complete the application and submit it to the email address shown on the form. Please click here for a list of Missouri businesses that have already been recognized as a “Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace.”   If you’d like more information on how you can receive this award designation, and free assistance to help your new mothers and their families adjust to balancing work and family through support and encouragement, please don’t hesitate to call or email us at the numbers below. Contact: Barbara Wiman, BSN, President B.E. Education Group, LLC 913-764-2163 ** This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventive Health and Healthy Services Block Grant CFDA Number 93.758.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by CDC, HHS or the U.S....

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