Mid America Immunization Coalition Quarterly Meeting March 6

“What you Need to Know About Adolescent Vaccines” Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. Kansas City Health Department 2400 Troost Avenue Kansas City MO 64108   Keynote speaker: Jason McCanless, PharmD, Glaxo Smith Kline, will provide an overview of disease state, epidemiology, vaccines, and ACIP recommendations for Tdap, HPV, Meningococcal ACWY and Meningococcal B. Lunch will be provided by sanofi pasteur To register please CLICK HERE ALSO Mark your calendar now for the Annual MAIC Symposium Friday, October 25, 2019 Sporting Park KC, Kansas City, KS  ...

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MCHC Names Tracy Russell New Executive Director

The Board and staff of Mother & Child Health Coalition are pleased to announce that Tracy Russell has been hired as the new executive director, effective Monday, January 28. Ms. Russell takes over the leadership role for MCHC following Susan McLoughlin’s retirement after 25 years as the first executive director for the organization. She comes to us from the American Heart Association where she most recently served as the Government Relations Director. During her time there, she worked with Mother & Child Health Coalition to partner on reducing tobacco use. Ms. Russell has worked in the nonprofit sector for her entire career, with an emphasis on health issues for the last 18 years.     Tracy Russell, Executive Director Mother & Child Health Coalition “I have a great appreciation for the scope of work pursued by MCHC and believe I have the skills, experience, and passion to move the mission forward. Over the last number of years, I worked with various entities including the city of Kansas City, the Tobacco-Free Kansas Coalition, and many others to improve policies, legislation and practices that affect the health and safety of our children and families.” MCHC chairperson, Audrey Dunkel JD, Vice President of Financial Advocacy for the Kansas Hospital Association said, “Tracy’s experience and relationships with local and state decision-makers, interested organizations, and health foundations will be an asset for MCHC as we continue to build upon the foundation Susan built for the organization over the last 25 years.” In addition to advocacy skills, Ms. Russell also has extensive managerial and administrative expertise. She has developed budgets, written grants, supervised staff and served as the primary liaison to boards of directors. She has led strategic planning sessions and served as an organization spokesperson. Tracy has a passion for public health, particularly as it relates to prevention. “I have dedicated my career to advocating for health measures that help reduce disparities and improve quality of life. I welcome the opportunity to continue this work with the Coalition.” Susan will be staying on and helping Tracy to get oriented to all that is MCHC over the next few weeks.  You’re sure to have a chance to meet her soon, as she will be attending many meetings in order to get familiar with our programs and partners. Please help us welcome Tracy to the MCHC team! Anne Biswell Communications Coordinator Mother & Child Health Coalition T: (816) 283-MCHC (6242) ext....

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“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” film showing Saturday 1/26

This Saturday,  the KCMO Health Department will host a free showing of the documentary film, SOMEONE YOU LOVE: THE HPV EPIDEMIC. Come learn about how serious HPV is and why you should get vaccinated! HPV, Tdap, MCV4 (meningitis) and Flu vaccines will be offered to attendees after the screening. A light lunch will be served,  and plenty of parking is available. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. KCMO Health Department Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room 2400 Troost Kansas City MO 64108 Questions? Call (816) 283-6242 ext....

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MCHC Weather/Meeting Cancellation Policy Reminder

During this iffy winter weather, we thought it would be good to remind all of our weather policy: If Kansas City, MO schools are closed due to WEATHER ISSUES (not water main breaks or other issues) then all MCHC meetings are automatically canceled.  This includes Quarterly meetings for MCHC, Safe Kids, Mid America Immunization Coalition, the Breastfeeding Coalition, and all other programs, Board and committee meetings, etc. If there is any question, check the local news to see if KCMO schools are closed before heading out to a meeting. If they are, the meeting is not going to happen. Most likely you will NOT get any sort of message or notification from us, unless the decision is made the day before the weather event occurs, and this is highly unlikely. This policy is intended to protect the staff and all our attendees from possible injury. We apologize for any inconvenience this may...

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MCHC Quarterly Meeting Jan. 25

FOR ACCESS TO THE PRESENTATIONS FROM THIS MEETING, CLICK HERE. Title: Empowering Parents in the Digital Age Population-based studies continue to show associations between excessive television viewing in early childhood and cognitive and social/emotional delays. A recent analysis found that negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, the rise in digital technology and social media coincides with the increase of teen suicide rates in the United States. Join us for informative presentations and a discussion on strategies to improve parent-child communication surrounding digital technology use. Friday, January  25, 2019 8:00 -11:00 a.m. Kansas City Health Department 2400 Troost Ave., Biery Auditorium Kansas City MO 64108 This educational activity has been awarded 2 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. 2 Social Work CEUs will be provided to licensed social workers. Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Department of Social Work & Community Services has been approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. There is no charge for current MCHC members (including CE). To become a MCHC member  (and receive CE):  Pay $25 annual membership fee. Please REGISTER TO ATTEND Questions? Call  Shannon at (816)  283-6242 ext....

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Susan McLoughlin’s Retirement Reception Jan. 10

It was wonderful to see all the friends who stopped by to say hello and wish Susan well at her retirement reception last Thursday (Jan. 10). Here are a few photos from the event. Thanks to everyone who made it so very special! An announcement regarding the selection of a new executive director to lead the Coalition will be made in the next few days. Stay tuned!    ...

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