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Job Opening: Bi-lingual KCHSI Outreach Worker

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Job Opening: Bi-lingual KCHSI Outreach Worker

Position Title: Outreach Worker Position Summary:  The Outreach Worker will recruit pregnant women from the community for enrollment into the Kansas City Healthy Start program. The Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI).  KCHSI offers services and support for mothers, fathers, children and families in Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS before, during and after pregnancy. The KCHSI is a program of Mother & Child Health Coalition. Duties and Responsibilities:  Work with subcontracted site teams to determine prospective eligible pregnant women for recruitment and enrollment into the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI); Coordinate outreach for enrolling pregnant women in KCHSI with local shelters, WIC, local high schools and other partners; Provide information that will encourage eligible pregnant women to enroll in KCHSI; Distribute marketing materials at places where women of child bearing age congregate (grocery stores, laundromats, beauty parlors, nail salons, etc.) for recruiting pregnant women; Reach out via local media (radio/TV) and social media to help recruit participants; Assist with the planning and coordination of community baby showers with community partners; Assist the Community Health Workers with follow-up case management (but does not carry a case load); Document all outreach activity for data collection purposes; Participate in monthly KCHSI training activities and events, and Attend Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Quarterly Meetings and other designated meetings as required. Minimum Qualifications:  Bilingual English/Spanish required. The Outreach 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. Education Requirement:  Must have High School Diploma or Equivalency. Associates or bachelor’s degree preferred. Supervision received from:  Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative Project Director. This is a full time position with competitive pay and benefits. To apply, send a letter of interest and a copy of your résumé to NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT A COVER LETTER. Mother & Child Health Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer...

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Fall Flu Clinic Schedule 2017 – vacunas de influenza

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Fall Flu Clinic Schedule 2017 – vacunas de influenza

Click here for a flier: 2017 ENG-SP MAIC Flu Clinics Schedule Final Fall Flu Clinic Schedule 2017 vacunas de influenza MO – ages 12 years and older/ mayores de 12 años KS – ages 7 years and older/ mayores de 7 años SEPTEMBER/SEPTEMBRE Date/Fecha Time/Tiempo Address/Dirección Age/Edad Thursday/jueves 9/14 11am-2pm Jack Reardon Community Center 520 Minnesota Ave, KCKS 66102 7+ Wednesday/miércoles  9/20 9am-1pm Donnelly College 608 N. 18th Street KCKS 66102 7+ Thursday/jueves 9/21 9am-12pm Don Bosco  at St. Anthony’s Church 309 Benton Blvd. KCMO 64124 12+ Thursday/jueves  9/21 3-5pm City Union Mission, Men’s Center 1108 E 10th Street KCMO 64106 12+ Thursday/jueves  9/28 5-7pm Don Bosco  at St. Anthony’s Church 309 Benton Blvd. KCMO 64124 12+    OCTOBER/OCTUBRE Date/Fecha Time/Tiempo Address/Dirección Age/Edad Tuesday/martes 10/3 9am-1pm Mexican Consulate, 1617 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108 12+ Thursday/jueves 10/5 9am – 12pm Kansas City KS Community College, Jewell Hall, 7250 State Ave., KCKS 66112 7+ Friday/viernes 10/13 9am-1pm Mexican Consulate, 1617 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108 12+ Thursday/jueves 10/19 3:30 – 5:30 pm El Centro, Family Night 1330 S. 30th Street, KCKS 66106 7+ Saturday/sab 10/21 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Vietnamese Health Fair, Garrison Community Center 1124 E 5th Street KCMO 64127 12+   NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED – NO NECESITAS HACER CITA Supplies are limited. If you have insurance or Medicaid, it’s free with your card. The first 50 uninsured people receive a free flu shot.  After that, vaccine will be available for $25.99 – cash or check only. Los suministros son limitados. Si tiene seguro o Medicaid, es gratis con su tarjeta. Las primeras 50 personas que no tienen seguro recibirán la vacuna gratuita. Después de eso, la vacuna estará disponible por $ 25.99 – efectivo o cheque solamente. For more information call (816) 283-6242 ext. 244, or email,  To learn more tips on how to prevent the flu, go to #VaccinesWorkKC! Mid America Immunization Coalition is a program of Mother & Child Health Coalition. SPONSORED  BY : Mother & Child Health Coalition, Walgreens Pharmacies and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region...

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Register Today: Annual Legislative Program “The Changing Healthcare Landscape in Metropolitan Kansas City”

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Register Today: Annual Legislative Program “The Changing Healthcare Landscape in Metropolitan Kansas City”

Friday, October 27, 2017 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Alex George Auditorium St. Joseph Medical Center Community Center for Health & Education 1000 Carondelet Dr. KCMO 64114 REGISTER Goals of the Meeting: • Learn about the budgets of Kansas and Missouri and their impacts upon health care. • Understand the Child Health Insurance Program’s origin and current relationship to both states. • Understand how and why postpartum parental leave was extended in Kansas City, Missouri. • Network with colleagues to discern current and potential partnerships and/or advocacy opportunities on behalf of the health of children and families. Contact: Paul Cesare, Coalition Coordinator (816) 283-6242 ext. 239 Register at Flier:  save the date Oct. 27 2017 Agenda: 10-27-17 Annual Legis. Program Agenda...

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in News | Comments Off on AGENCIES PARTNER TO PROMOTE SAFETY AS KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL

  NEWS  RELEASE  –  August 9, 2017                                                                                      #2017-26   FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE    CONTACT:     Technical Trooper Stephen La Row, KHP, (785) 296-6800 Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas, (785) 296-1223 Brianna Landon, KDOT Communications Director, (785) 291-3956   Safe Kids Kansas, KDOT, KHP urge parents to talk to kids about pedestrian safety & more before class begins   Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes, and sports tryouts, parents may not think about certain safety issues. Safe Kids Kansas, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the Kansas Highway Patrol want to remind parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe.   As children head back to school, it’s a good time to talk about pedestrian safety.  Nearly 500 child pedestrians (ages 0-19) are killed when hit by vehicles each year, and thousands more are injured.  It’s just as important to talk to your teenagers about pedestrian safety as it is your younger children. While there has been a downward trend in pedestrian deaths over the past 20 years nationally, there has been a 13 percent increase among teenagers since 2013. In fact, teens now account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under.   “Distraction is a problem for both drivers and pedestrians,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “If your student is walking or biking to school, be sure to stress the importance of putting electronic devices away, especially before crossing busy streets or navigating traffic in parking lots. And, adults need to follow our own advice. Give the road your full attention so you can watch for school zones and kids biking and walking to school.”   Safe Kids Kansas recommends the following tips for back to school.   Put devices down while crossing the street and getting onto or off of the bus. One in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology. Teach your kids to put devices down, look up, listen, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. If your kids ride a bus, teach them only to use devices while on bus, and not while waiting on, or exiting the bus.   Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least five giant steps back from the curb, and to line up away from the street as the bus approaches, and to board the bus one at a time.   Make sure your carpool is safe. Carpooling is a great way to save time for busy families. Make sure each child in the carpool has a car seat, booster seat, or safety belt, based on individual age, weight, and height. If there isn’t, find an alternative way for your child to get to and from school.   Receive a pre-participation physical exam. Before playing organized sports, make sure your child receives a pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, by a doctor. This can help rule out any potential medical conditions that may place your young athlete at risk.   Drink enough water. To keep kids in top shape for sports or gym class, it’s important for them to stay hydrated. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends 5 oz. for an 88-pound...

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August Back-to-School Immunization Events

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in News | Comments Off on August Back-to-School Immunization Events


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Safe Kids Metro KC to Co-Host 24/7/365 Event Sat. Aug. 26

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Safe Kids Metro KC to Co-Host 24/7/365 Event Sat. Aug. 26

Safe Kids Metro KC is one of the co-sponsors for this event and will be providing bike helmets, water bottles and bike reflectors.  We are going to be partnering with BIKEWALK KC who will provide safety education and certified bike helmet fitters.  Safety tips pertaining to bikes and other youth-based safety information and materials will be available. For more information, contact OR  ...

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Update 10-25-17: 40 Child Heatstroke Deaths Reported This Summer

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Update 10-25-17: 40 Child Heatstroke Deaths Reported This Summer

40 children have already died so far this year: # Date City Temp Name Age 40 10/11/2017 Natalbany, LA 89° Daverick Michael Coffey 8 mo 39 9/25/2017 Birmingham, AL 87° Dra Kadyn Hudson 3 yr 38 9/11/2017 St. Louis, MO 81° Tate Mitchell 1 yr 37 8/31/2017 Metairie, LA 90° Claire Li 11 mo 36 8/28/2017 Milledgeville, GA 85° Cyrus Gray 6 mo 35 8/23/2017 Mason, OH 80° Sofia Aveiro 8 mo 34 8/21/2017 Mobile, AL 93° Kamden Johnson 5 yr 33 8/18/2017 Pensacola, FL 95° Jai’ner Barnes 3 yr 32 8/07/2017 Orlando, FL 93° Myles K. Hill 3 yr 31 8/04/2017 Luther, OK 86° Presley Walker 4 mo 30 7/29/2017 Phoenix, AZ 103° Josiah Riggins 1 yr 29 7/28/2017 Phoenix, AZ 101° Zane Endress 7 mo 28 7/28/2017 Reidsville, GA 97° Jakob Eli Camacho 3 yr 27 7/27/2017 Laramie, WY 84° Wyatt Woodrow Dixon 4 mo 26 7/25/2017 Portales, NM 93° Maliya Jones 22 mo 25 7/19/2017 Sumter, SC 91° Mekhi Rembert 1 yr 24 7/15/2017 Las Vegas, NV 114° Chase Lee 3 yr 23 7/15/2017 Delray Beach, FL 84° Khayden Saint Sauver 23 mo 22 7/14/2017 Gatlinburg, TN 91° Kipp Phillips 2 yr 21 7/8/2017 Chattanooga, TN 90° Kiara McCullough 11 mo 20 7/2/2017 Mary Ester, FL 89° Timothy Christopher McCoy 7 wks 19 7/1/2017 Mooresville, NC 90° Girl 3 yr 18 6/24/2017 St. George, UT 105° Abraham Royal 2 yr 17 6/23/2017 Twin Falls, ID 85° Natalie Ross 10 mo 16 6/23/2017 Ft. Worth, TX 101° Keandre Goodman 3 yr 15 6/23/2017 Houston, TX 96° Justin Huynh 7 mo 14 6/15/2017 Tucker, GA 93° Skylar Fowler 1 yr 13 6/12/2017 West Memphis, AR 88° Christopher Gardner 6 yr 12 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Addson Overgard-Eddy 2 yr 11 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Brynn Hawkins 1 yr 10 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Juliet Ramirez 1 yr 9 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Cavanaugh Ramirez 2 yr 8 5/20/2017 Caldwell, ID 75° Kyrae Vineyard 5 mo 7 4/14/2017 Burleson, TX 82° Kingston Jackson 23 mo 6 4/7/2017 Vestavia, AL 68° Christian Evan Sanders 1 yr 5 4/05/2017 Pt. Pleasant, WV 84° Abel Stephens 19 mo 4 3/29/2017 Carbon Hill, AL 84° Giuliana Susan Grace Ramirez 14 mo 3 3/28/2017 Ville Platte, LA 92° Addyson Bertrand 3 yr 2 2/28/2017 Brandon, FL 90° Jacob Manchego 2 yr 1 2/06/2017 Pinecrest, FL 82° Samuel Schnall 1 yr Previous Years:  2016,  2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,  2009,  2008,  2007,  2006,  2005,  2004,  2003,  1998 ‑ 2002   (The chart above is from ) Heatstroke deaths are not rare, isolated tragedies.  In an average year, an innocent child dies of heatstroke in a vehicle once every ten days.  Safe Kids Metro KC wants to make sure that no child has to die this way.  One way to do this is to share the message with everyone, and everywhere possible, because one of the biggest challenges is that nobody thinks this could ever happen to them. But it can happen to anyone. According to, almost 800 children have died in these preventable tragedies since they started keeping track in 1990.  An average of 37 children die needlessly every year from vehicular heatstroke. In 2016 a total of 39 children died across the United States. In the majority of cases, a loving, responsible parent or caregiver actually forgot that the child was in the car.  The next most common reason is...

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“Sleep Safely, Sleep Soundly: Best Practices for Safe Sleep” Friday, July 28

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News | Comments Off on “Sleep Safely, Sleep Soundly: Best Practices for Safe Sleep” Friday, July 28

“Sleep Safely, Sleep Soundly: Best Practices for Safe Sleep” For POWERPOINT presentations from this event visit the Meeting Notes & Links page:  This activity is joint provided by Mother & Child Health Coalition and Children’s Mercy Kansas City Contact: Anne Biswell (816) 283-6242 ext. 226    (816) 806-9929 cell Friday, July 28, 2017  8:00 -11:30 a.m. Kansas City Health Department 2400 Troost Ave., Biery Auditorium Kansas City MO 64108  KANSAS CITY: In 2016 there were 13 infant deaths associated with unsafe sleep practices in Jackson County alone. Following the ABCs of safe sleep can help protect infants. Babies should always sleep ALONE, on their BACK and in an empty CRIB.  Adequate sleep is a key part of any healthy lifestyle, and can benefit one’s entire well-being. Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day, forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.  We often recognize the importance of safe sleep for infants and children, but neglect its crucial role in overall health for adults as well.  Please join us on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Quarterly meeting to learn about best practices in safe sleep for good health and well-being for the entire family. Goodnight: The Importance of Sleep in Infants & Toddlers Age 0 – 2  – Njideka Osuala, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Children’s Mercy Hospital Infant Loss (SIDS) Resources – Cheryl Herzog Arneill, Community Educator and Pete Potts, Program and Bereavement Coordinator            Safe Sleep Task Force – Mary Jean Brown, MS, RNC, Mother & Child Health Coalition, Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program coordinator.  Adult Sleep Presentation – Daniel Shippy, BS, RPSGT, Sleep Disorders Center- University of Kansas Health Center There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public; however, registration is requested: Continuing education credits are offered for nurses and social workers.  MCHC Mission: Every child deserves a healthy start; it is the best gift a community can give its children and itself.  Mother & Child Health Coalition works together with community partners and families to promote wellness and advocate excellence in health care.  For more information please visit To learn more about this meeting, contact Shannon Williams, at (816) 283-6242 ext. 251 or ###...

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Kansas City Healthy Start Hosts Regional Conference

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Kansas City Healthy Start Hosts Regional Conference

The Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI) served as host for the 2017 Healthy Start Regional Meeting June 8 and 9 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City.  The Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start project, located in Sikeston, MO served as co-host. Coordination and planning of this two-day meeting was provided under the leadership of the Healthy Start grantor’s Project Officer, and staff of the EPIC Center.  Generous sponsorship for the conference included Missouri Care and March of Dimes.  Attendees represented Healthy Start staff from Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and of course Missouri. Councilman Harold Johnson, representing the Mayor’s office in Kansas City, KS, provided a warm welcome to the attendees. With a focus on reducing infant mortality, Healthy Start projects provide care coordination and case management services to pregnant women and families with children under the age of 2.  This annual meeting is convened to allow Healthy Start program staff in Region VII, representing five of 100 Healthy Start programs across the United States, to share strategies, participate in skill building activities and learn about tools that will enhance the services of the projects in their communities. A concurrent session was held for participants enrolled in the Healthy Start program. A panel of speakers presented information to the participants on oral health, the importance of including fathers in a child’s life, and Wyandotte County’s WIC program. Additionally, Ebony Peterson shared her personal experiences as a former program participant and current Community Health Worker for KCHSI, and Jose Quiroz shared information regarding the benefits of Missouri Care membership. The Evaluation Team created a very informative poster to showcase the successes and activities of the KCHSI program: HS_Poster_Conference_2017_5.27.2017 Approximately 125 people attended over the 2-day period. Feedback received from those in attendance indicated they’d had a valuable learning experience. Submitted by: Jean Craig, PhD Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative Program Director (816) 283-6242 ext. 225...

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2017 Immunization Symposium #Talkin’ Vaccines

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in News | Comments Off on 2017 Immunization Symposium #Talkin’ Vaccines

Mid America Immunization Coalition & Children’s Mercy Kansas City present The 2017 Immunization Symposium #Talkin’ Vaccines This conference is joint-provided by Mother & Child Health Coalition (MAIC) and Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Friday, June 23, 2017 7:30 a.m.—4:15 p.m. Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center 18011 Bass Pro Drive Independence MO 64055 ACCREDITATION Nurses: 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. Successful completion for contact hours: – Participate in conference activities – Sign in at beginning of the conference – Complete conference electronic evaluation PROGRAM  ACCESSIBILITY: We accommodate persons with disabilities. Mid America Immunization Coalition is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital or parental status and, to the extent  covered by the law, age or veteran status. Call us if you have special needs: (816) 283-6242 ext. 244 PURPOSE & TARGET Vaccines are widely available; however, every year in the United States, approximately 42,000 adult and 300 child deaths are due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Barriers affecting rates and making our society more vulnerable to the diseases they prevent include lack of knowledge, cost, fear of pain, poor record-keeping, time/transportation issues and recent anti-vaccine messages. All of these barriers serve to make Mid America Immunization Coalition’s promotion of immunizations among the entire population of the metro area even more urgent, because if there is one thing we know, it’s that vaccines work. This multi-state symposium will feature local and national experts who will focus on the latest information relating to present and future immunization issues and ways to identify and implement communication and practice strategies to improve immunization rates, decrease vaccine hesitancy or refusal, and promote advocacy for immunizations throughout the lifespan. PROGRAM GOALS Identify effective strategies and tools to integrate into practice, that communicate the importance of vaccines. Update current knowledge of the impact of seasonal influenza and the importance of promoting vaccination. Integrate effective strategies to improve HPV vaccine uptake in practice. Build awareness of recommendations on the immunization schedule for special patient populations. Learn about practical aspects and educational resources for vaccines. AGENDA 7:30 – 8:15  a.m.   Registration / Exhibits 8:15– 8:30  a.m.   Welcome 8:30 – 9:30  a.m.   #Talkin’ Hesitancy Gary Marshall, MD   Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  #Talkin’ Flu William Atkinson, MD, MPH Associate Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Break / Exhibits 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. #Talkin’ Special Populations Barbara Pahud, MD, MPH, FAAD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section, Children’s Mercy Hospital 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. #Talkin’ Practical Aspects Becky Prall, RN Immunization Nurse Educator/AFIX, Coordinator, Kansas Immunization Program 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch / Exhibits 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.   #Talkin’ HPV Cancers Terry Tsue, MD, FACS  Dept. of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas  Cancer Center 2:00– 2:15 p.m.    Break / Exhibits 2:15 – 4:15 p.m. “Someone You Love” film, panel discussion and wrap-up –   Speakers   REGISTRATION Early-bird fee $70.00: includes breakfast, refreshments, sit-down lunch and course materials. ($75 after June 16, 2017) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register on-line at CANCELLATIONS: Should you need to cancel your registration after June 20...

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