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MCHC Annual Meeting and Election Friday, May 3

“The Mother & Child Connection: A Forum on Infant and Maternal Mortality” Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Kansas City Health Department – Biery Auditorium 2400 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108 8:00       Registration, Coffee and Connections 8:30       Welcome and Business Meeting– Jovanna Rohs, Ph.D., Chair Elect, Mother & Child Health Coalition *Approve Minutes from January 25, 2019 Quarterly Meeting * Election: Approve Slate of Nominees for the Board of Directors Awards Presentation Election Results 8:20       Spoken Word Poetry Presented by Natasha Ria El-Scari 8:45      Mother & Child Health Coalition Executive Director Report – Tracy Russell 9:15       Safe Haven for Newborns – Anne Biswell 9:35       Infant Mortality in Greater Kansas City – Jennifer Allen and Katherine Campbell, FIMR 10:15     Lived Experience Story Presented by Flor Campo Estrada 10:45    Maternal Mortality in Greater Kansas City – Dr. Traci N. Johnson, MD, FACOG, Truman Medical Center 11:30    Question and Answer Panel 11:50    Closing, Evaluation and Healthy Start Celebration 12:00    Adjourn Please register for this event...

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Cervical Cancer. It’s a terrible thing, but it’s preventable

Cervical cancer can be deadly, but it can be prevented. Get screened. Get yourself AND your kids vaccinated for Human Papillomavirus   Both boys and girls and even adults up to age 45 are now eligible to get the vaccine. Watch the story of Lady Ganga: Nilza’s Story  https://vimeo.com/263927102 Please share this story with people you...

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Message from the Chair April 2019

Audrey Dunkel, JD Vice President of Financial Advocacy Kansas Hospital Association MCHC Chairperson and Chair, Executive Committee   This month marks the end of my term as Chairman of the Mother & Child Health Coalition board of directors. This year brought big changes for the organization with the retirement of Susan McLoughlin, founding member and inaugural executive director of the organization – I’m sure Susan is on a sunny beach somewhere enjoying the sand and surf with her husband Stephen.  Her leadership and kindness made it a pleasure to serve as board chairman.  I also want to thank the MCHC staff.  First, for their hard work on Susan’s retirement reception – your affection and admiration for her shone in all your work to make it a memorable event!  Second, for all of your support to me as chairman of the board.  It was invaluable. We welcomed Tracy Russell into her new role as Executive Director for the organization, and l look forward to seeing where her vision for the organization takes us.  I know that you will all be in good hands as your incoming chairman, Jovanna Rohs, steps into her new role to work with Tracy and the terrific staff team at MCHC to continue to the work of supporting families and building resource networks across the KC metro. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to serve as the board chairman for an organization with so many committed directors, committee chairs and members.  Thank...

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Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative to Continue 5 More Years

Update: Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC) is excited to announce that a Notice of Award for a total of $4,870,000 was received for the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI) from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. These funds will support continued care coordination and case management services over the next 5 years in 6 ZIP code areas of Wyandotte County KS and 8 ZIP code areas in Jackson County, MO for pregnant women, infant care givers and their children, and the fathers and/or male significant others of the children enrolled in the program. Services will be provided by Community Health Workers located within MCHC, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and Swope Health Services. An Evaluation team will be subcontracted through the University of Missouri Kansas City for data collection and curricula training purposes. KCHSI has provided these services for over 23 years to literally thousands of families in the Kansas City metro area. For more information about KCHSI please contact Jean Craig, PhD, Program Manager at 816-283-6242 Ext. 225 or see the MCHC website at...

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New Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements from KDHE

New Meningococcal vaccination requirements from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:  Information for parents/guardians of incoming 7th and 11th grade students – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade and 11th grade in the 2019-20 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance. Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required. (Provisional based on expected revision to K.A.R. 28-1-20 prior to school year) Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2016 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI). Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations: An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations. All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school. Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Tara Asher MSN, RN Blue Valley Schools District Nurse...

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