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Immunizations: Have you gotten all that you need??

Bee Wise, Immunize! Click on the link below for a list of locations, with details, as to where you can get your (and your family’s) vaccines. 2019 Bee Wise ad qtr pg Questions?  Contact DuJuan Hord, MAIC Program Coordinator dhord@mchc.net (816) 283-6242 ext....

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New Arkansas Healthy Start Visits Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative Site

UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) hosted an all-day event with Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC) for a Healthy Start sister site visit on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was recently awarded their first Healthy Start grant, and five project members traveled to Kansas City to learn from the experienced Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI) for some thoughtful lessons learned. The Arkansas Healthy Start program is based in the Northwestern rural area of Arkansas where the largest group of Marshallese outside of the Marshall Islands and Hawaii reside. Much like KCHSI, the Arkansas Healthy Start focuses on serving pregnant women to achieve better perinatal health care. The morning agenda included presentations by the KCHSI staff including Program Manager‒Dr. Jean Craig, Education and Health Promotions Coordinator‒ Shannon Williams, Outreach Worker ‒Christina Sanchez, and Lead Community Health Workers (LCHW) from Swope Health – Ahkeya Howard, Ashley Hayden-Peaches of Samuel Rodgers Health Center and Marcela Metcalf, LCHW at MCHC. The KCHSI staff shared successes and challenges in serving families and provided practical advice and suggestions in engaging families. After lunch, Danielle Chiang and Katharine Ragon of UMKC IHD’s Early Childhood team shared the REDCap data collection procedures, data management and quality control practices, and the Life Skills Progression curriculum. A robust Q&A session followed and discussion was mainly on the balance between providing quality services and maintaining research capacity. The “Meet-Up” was beneficial to both KCHSI and Arkansas Healthy Start as it encouraged both sites to continue their good work serving women and infants with high needs. The teams agreed that future meet-ups would be beneficial for discussing strategies and general moral support of each other as sister sites. For more information, contact Danielle Chiang at chiangd@umkc.edu or Katharine Ragon at ragonk@umkc.edu You may also contact Jean Craig at jcraig@mchc.net From Left: Dr. Jean Craig, KCHSI; Katharine Ragon and Dr. Danielle Chiang, IHD. From Left: Katharine Ragon, IHD; Dr. Jean Craig, KCHSI; Dr. Pearl McElfish (in turquoise) and staff of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Healthy Start program....

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Children Staying Home Alone During Summer Break

For Immediate Release May 29, 2019 TOPEKA – The summer months mean a welcome break from school for Kansas kids, but they also signal a shift in the family’s daily routine. Families may be considering leaving children home alone during the summer, instead of opting for a sitter. Safe Kids Kansas, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have some tips on how to decide if your child is ready to be home alone. And if you decide to keep the kids home, we have some important advice on keeping them safe. “Developmentally, children are generally ready to be home alone around the age of 12 or 13,” said Cherie Sage, State Director of Safe Kids Kansas. “However, children develop at different rates, so use your own discretion to determine your child’s maturity level and capabilities. For example, if you have an impulsive 13-year-old who is a big risk taker, you might be hesitant to leave him/her alone. On the other hand, a thoughtful 11-year-old, who has a good track record of following household rules might be ready. Most states, including Kansas, don’t have regulations or laws about when a child is considered old enough to stay at home alone or babysit another child.” DCF has some general guidelines to help you make the decision when your child is ready to be home alone: Age—Young children through age six, should never be left alone for even a short period of time. Kids six to nine can be left alone for only short periods of time. Children 10 and older can be left alone, depending on other factors. Length of time alone—Consider whether your child is ready to spend the whole day alone or if only a couple of hours is more appropriate. Maturity—Consider your child’s ability to fend for himself/herself and your child’s level of common sense. Certainly, children with developmental disabilities and emotion issues should be monitored closely. Knowledge of emergency preparedness—Ask your child if he/she knows what to do in the event of a fire, tornado, stranger at the door, etc. Ask “what ifs”. Availability of adults—Children must know how to reach a responsible adult at any point in the day for any reason, even if it’s just to provide reassurance if the child becomes fearful. Insecurity—Children should feel comfortable with the idea that they will be home...

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Mid America Immunization Coalition Quarterly Meeting, Wed. June 5

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 11:30 a.m.  –  1:00 p.m.* Kansas City Health Department 2400 Troost Avenue Kansas City MO 64108 Agenda: State vaccination updates: Phil Griffin, Deputy Director Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention – Kansas Jennifer VanBooven, Chief Bureau of Immunizations – Missouri MMR vaccine recommendations & Hepatitis A outbreak and recommendations: Lisa Hubbert, Epidemiology Specialist Communicable Disease Prevention/ Public Health Preparedness, Kansas City Health Department Group discussions of MAIC Focus Areas: Adult vaccines; Child vaccines; Membership and Social media outreach. *Lunch will be provided by Pfizer.  In order to get an accurate count, register HERE ALSO mark your calendar now for the annual MAIC Symposium Friday, October 25, 2019 Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS   Questions? Contact DuJuan Hord, MAIC Program Coordinator dhord@mchc.net (816) 283-6242 ext. 244...

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors

We offer a hearty thank-you to the Board members who have completed their terms of service. We greatly appreciate the time, energy and expertise that you shared with Mother & Child Health Coalition over this past term: Dan Ryan (secretary), Hayat Abdullahi, Scott Anglemyer (co-chair, Pregnancy, Infant and Child Health committee) and Jamie Katz (chair, Metro KC Youth Collaborative). Thank you so much for all you have done to support MCHC! 2019 -2020 Officers  Jovanna Rohs, PhD –  Director of Early Learning and Head Start/Mid America Regional Council (MARC)  – Chairperson and Chair of Board Executive Committee  Stephanie Seger, MSW, MA – Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics – Chairperson Elect and Chair of Bylaws Committee  Audrey Dunkel, JD – Kansas Hospital Association – Past Chairperson and Chair of Board Planning and Nominating Committees  Samantha Collinson, MSN, APRN, CNM – (NEW) Truman Medical Center-Lakewood Family Birthplace – MCHC Board Secretary and Chair of Board Development Committee  Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat, PhD, RNC, IBCLC – Graceland University, School of Nursing –  MCHC Treasurer and Chair of Board Finance Committee  Tracy Russell – Mother & Child Health Coalition – Executive Director and Ex-Officio member 2019-2020 Members  Sean Anderson – Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness  Raymond Daniels, EdD – (returning) Retired Superintendent USD 500, Community Advocate from Kansas  Terri English – The Family Conservancy  Audrey Hill, MPA – (returning)  Saint Luke’s Health System – Co-Chair of Policy and Advocacy Committee  Willy Pegues IV – Truman Medical Centers  Dr. Tamela Ross-Davis, PhD – Beyond Limitations Counseling, Encompass Medical Group  ...

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