fbpx

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  ...

Read More

MCHC Community Resource Guide to be Discontinued

The bad news is that after more than 20 years of publication, the MCHC Community Resource Guide will no longer be published. This will be disappointing to our many, many users but with the cuts to the Kansas City Healthy Start budget over the last several years, it is no longer possible to support the project. There is a pdf version that was updated in 2018 available on the website at https://mchc.net/resources/ And the good news is, that under the leadership of folks at United Way 211, a group of community leaders are working on creating a metro area-wide data base that will be available to all online. The goal is to develop a user-friendly, convenient and comprehensive system that will allow users to access and update information about services.  We will share more about this as it becomes available. Anne Biswell...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More