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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 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 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

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Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween!

Be Safe Be Seen on Halloween! Video Halloween Safety Tips Messages from Safe Kids Worldwide    

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MCHC Fall Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Fall Newsletter


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MCHC Annual Legislative/Advocacy Meeting Fri. Oct. 28

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Annual Legislative/Advocacy Meeting Fri. Oct. 28

10-28-16-annual-legis-program-agenda To register for this event, CLICK HERE....

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Fall Free Flu Clinics

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Fall Free Flu Clinics

It’s that time again – time to get your annual flu shot! The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the vaccine to protect against influenza, a serious and sometimes fatal respiratory illness. Every year, between 3,300 and 39,000 people die in the U.S. from influenza. In addition, tens of thousands of people are hospitalized with the flu each year. The elderly and the very young are particularly vulnerable. To help our community stay healthy, Mid America Immunization Coalition is once again partnering with Walgreens Pharmacy and the US Department of Health and Human Services Region VII, to provide a series of FREE flu clinics for adults and children 7 and over in Kansas and 12 and over in Missouri. Don’t let the flu get you! There is no appointment necessary to receive a flu shot at one of our clinics, and you will not be charged a fee.  If you can’t attend one of our clinics, and for younger children, make an appointment today to see your health care provider. For further information, call (816) 283-6242 ext. 226. Free Flu Clinics 2016 Dates/Locations MO clinics – ages 12 and up only KS clinics – ages 7 and up only Thursday, Oct. 20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – El Centro,  1330 S. 30th Street, Kansas City KS 66106 (7+) NEW: Thurs/jueves, Oct. 27 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. KCK Community College, Pioneer Campus, 1901 Spruce St., Leavenworth, KS 66047 WEAR YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME! Friday, Oct. 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Mexican Consulate, 1617 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108 (12+) Friday, Oct. 28,  3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – St. Mark Child Development Center, 2008 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64127 (12+) Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Walgreen Pharmacy, 3845 Broadway, Kansas City MO 64111 (12+) Friday, Nov. 18, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Mexican Consulate 1617 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108 (12+) To download a flier in English and Spanish, click...

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Metro KC Youth Collaborative Presents: Resilient KC 9-27-2016

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Metro KC Youth Collaborative Presents: Resilient KC 9-27-2016


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