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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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Child Safety Seat Inspections and Installations

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Child Safety Seat Inspections and Installations

Child Safety Seat Inspections and Installations  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Raytown EMS 10020 E 66th Terrace Raytown, MO 64133 Raytown EMS certified Child Safety Seat Technicians and a Safe Kids Missouri CSS technician will be available to inspect and install child safety seats, and talk about safety of infants and children. For information contact Kim at (816) 737-6030  OR DuJuan Hord, Safe Kids Metro KC Coordinator, at (816) 283-6242 ext. 244...

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8 Tips for Protecting Children and Teens Online

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News | Comments Off on 8 Tips for Protecting Children and Teens Online

A Security Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Educators Written by Carey Davis Image Source: Pixabay The Internet is a vast and wondrous place that has connected humanity over time. Do you have friends across the world? No problem – just send them an instant message. If you’re both gamers, you can challenge each other while playing online. The Internet has many added conveniences for everyone. You can ask or answer any question, laugh at cat videos and chat with your friends and family at any given time.However, the flow of constant, open communication comes with great responsibility for adults. While we are capable of spotting danger signs while browsing online, can you say the same for your kids and teens? Do you know exactly “who” your child is messaging through their social media pages? Online dangers are real threats. Have you ever seen “To Catch A Predator” with Chris Hansen? The premise of the show focuses on police officers who pose as underage children luring online predators into a meetup. Once predators arrive, Chris Hansen confronts them with a camera crew, and the predators are arrested by multiple police officers. Wouldn’t it be nice if every child targeted by a predator was a heavily armed police task force waiting to arrest them? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. What’s also disturbing is that while online predators could be the scariest scenario your child could face, they aren’t the only threats online. Kids and teens must also watch out for cyber bullying from peers and companies attempting to steal their data. If you’re wondering how you can protect your children, here are 8 tips that will help your kids be safer online. Change the Privacy Settings on Your Child’s Social Media Pages Image Source: Pixabay By default, most social media pages won’t hide their personal information. This means that everything they post on their page is available for the world to see. This includes their birthday, phone number and even their address. It is important that children know that it is never a good idea to share their phone number and address online. You can fix this issue by going into the privacy settings of their social media pages and changing their page to private. Whether your child has an account with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, make sure you invest time in learning the privacy settings of each platform and reviewing their privacy policies. Editing your child’s privacy settings should have no effect on the functionality of their social media pages, so your children and teens should have no reason to complain. Follow your kids on social media Image Source: Pixabay Following your kids allows you to check their friends list for suspicious individuals, monitor what they post and watch for signs of cyber bullying. Instead of stealing their usernames and passwords to log into their accounts, publicly following your children shows that your intentions are in their best interest. An honest, open line of communication allows for transparency and you may be met with less resistance from your kids. While this might sound like you’re spying on your children, that’s not the case. Spying involves going behind someone’s back to gather information. You are simply following their page and reading things they post publicly to make sure they are...

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Data Base Update – Volunteer Needed

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Data Base Update – Volunteer Needed

Number of positions: 1 Compensation: None. Time Commitment: 10 hrs/week for 10 weeks=100 hours (estimated) Duties: Under the supervision of the communication coordinator, the volunteer will be responsible to research and update the MCHC membership data base. This will involve: Running a report on the current contents of the data base Sending a test email to all contacts via Outlook Compiling a report on all errors received Researching errors to determine the cause of each Making corrections in the data base. Supervision: Anne Biswell, communications coordinator. Qualifications: Familiarity with email (Outlook) and typical data base programs such as Excel, People Soft, and the like. Must be a self-starter with high standards and good problem solving skills. Communications and community health majors are encouraged to apply. Application must include: Current résumé, recommendation from faculty (if in school), and cover letter indicating interest. Please send application materials to Anne Biswell, Communications Coordinator Mother & Child Health Coalition 2340 E Meyer Blvd. Building 1. Ste. 216 Kansas City MO 64132 (816) 283-6242 ext. 226...

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Congratulations to our Raffle Winners!

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Congratulations to our Raffle Winners!

Friday, April 28, 2017 WINNERS: Pete Potts, SIDS Resources, Inc. Diane McNichols, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Josie Adams, KCMO Health Department The Mother’s Day gift basket raffle at the MCHC Annual Meeting this morning netted a total of $250 in donations. THANK YOU to everyone who bought raffle tickets, and especially THANKS to everyone who donated items for the baskets! DONORS: Andre’s Confisserie Suisse: Andre’s chocolates Andre’s Confisserie Suisse, Overland Park: Gift certificate for 2 lunches Blue Bird Bistro: Gift certificate $75 Dillard’s Salon: Aveda hair products DuJuan Hord: Massage Envy gift certificate $80 Ruth Ellebracht: Hand-made Bath Bombs Shannon Williams: Hand-made Shadow Box “I Love You to the Moon” Anne Biswell: CD “Lullaby” soothing lullabies from around the world Susan’s Hair Studio, Mission: Gift certificate for haircut and style $50 Vanessa Meriwether: Middle Sister Malbec wine and 2 hand-engraved wine glasses Broadway Roasting Company (coffee): Gift certificate $20 Claire de Lune Lingerie Boutique Magnifique: Gift certificate $75 Hy-Vee 64th Street: Gift certificate $25 Thai Orchid Restaurant: Gift certificates, 2 @ $30 each An additional $150 has been donated for the Mother’s Day Campaign, bringing us $400 closer to our goal of $10,000 in unrestricted donations for the year. This leaves us a goal of $1,550 to finish up by Mother’s Day. These funds are used to pay for things like printing Resource Guides, purchasing cribs, car seats, Safe Haven signs and other materials that are not covered by grants. Please click here to donate in honor of a special person in your life, and help us provide these needed resources for our community. THANK YOU FOR YOUR...

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MCHC Annual Meeting “Upward Mobility of Mothers and Families” Fri. April 28, 2017

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Annual Meeting “Upward Mobility of Mothers and Families” Fri. April 28, 2017

Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Annual Business Meeting:  Upward Mobility of Mothers and Families – The Success of the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative The MCHC Annual Business Meeting will include an overview of this past year’s work of the Coalition, and an opportunity for members to meet new and existing Board members.   We will showcase how one of the Coalition’s programs, the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative, has worked to improve the upward mobility of women and their families in our community, and will hear first-hand from some of its participants. Current, paid members of the Coalition will be eligible to vote for the new Board. If your membership needs renewing, or you are not yet a member, you’re invited to join today. Adding a fun, fund-raising element, in honor of Mother’s Day, we will raffle a fabulous GIFT BASKET of items to pamper yourself, or to celebrate a special woman in your life.   Tickets are $3 each, 2 for $5 and 5 for $12. We look forward to seeing you there. Please let us know you’re coming, and register to attend HERE Friday, April 28, 2017 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Saint Joseph Medical Center Community Center for Health & Education Abell, CSJ and McDonnell Education Rooms 1000 Carondelet Dr., Kansas City, MO 64114 Questions? Call  Paul at (816) 283-MCHC (6242) ext....

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Register Now for the 2017 MAIC Immunization Symposium

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Register Now for the 2017 MAIC Immunization Symposium

Register today for the MAIC Symposium 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 Participants REGISTER HERE Fee $70; after June 16- $75 MAIC SYMPOSIUM BROCHURE 2017 (click for a pdf) Would you like to EXHIBIT at the Symposium? Exhibitors click here to LEARN MORE      ...

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WEAR BLUE DAY April 7 – April Child Abuse Prevention Month Community Activities

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in News | Comments Off on WEAR BLUE DAY April 7 – April Child Abuse Prevention Month Community Activities

ChildAbuseCalendar_April2017 Click the link above for a list of activities during the month of April around child abuse and neglect prevention. These were submitted by members of the Child Abuse Roundtable, a group dedicated to reducing child abuse and neglect in the KC metro area. Plan now to participate in one or more of these activities! MCHC Staff Wears Blue:  Join Citywide Statement Against Child Abuse Show your support for children and commitment to child abuse prevention by joining thousands of Kansas Citians in wearing blue on Friday, April 7. Register to participate in the 2017 Wear Blue Day.   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 on the Prevent Child Abuse KC Facebook page on April 10, will win two tickets to an upcoming show at Sprint Center courtesy of KCP&L. Contest opens on Friday, April 7. VOTE for the MCHC staff picture...

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