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MCHC Summer Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Summer Newsletter

We’ve been busy!  We’ve completed a major report on infant mortality in the metro, welcomed a new Board chair, we’re planning for the annual Immunization Symposium in October, and so much more.  To read the latest news from Mother & Child Health Coalition, click HERE.

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Congratulations Corner

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Congratulations Corner

Jessica Turner, MCHC intern for the 2018 spring semester, graduated from UMKC in May with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, under the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. Jessica helped the staff with many projects during her time here. We wish her all the best as she navigates into a bright future. Vanessa Meriwether, administrative assistant to MCHC since 2015 has been awarded a scholarship to attend Western Governor’s University, where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree. Vanessa was the first student to be awarded the WGU Missouri 5th Anniversary Celebration Scholarship. We are so proud and happy for you,...

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Welcome Audrey Dunkel, JD as the New Board Chair, 2018-2019

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Welcome Audrey Dunkel, JD as the New Board Chair, 2018-2019

Audrey Dunkel, JD – Director of Financial Advocacy, Kansas Hospital Association; MCHC Chairperson and Chair, Executive Committee Audrey Dunkel, JD takes the lead as chair of Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Board of Directors for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Audrey currently serves as the Vice President of Financial Advocacy for the Kansas Hospital Association. She holds degrees in Political Science and Law from Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas respectively. As part of the KHA advocacy team, she is responsible for research and analysis of federal and state issues and proposals regarding health care finance and representing KHA and its members in local, state and national venues on issues related to financial advocacy. In addition, she serves as the liaison to the Kansas Association of Healthcare Patient Access and Accounts Managers (KAHPAM) and the Kansas Medical Group Managers Association (KMGMA), as well as Membership Chairman for the Healthcare Financial Management Association Sunflower Chapter. Prior to joining KHA in the fall of 2012, Audrey was a Principal Fiscal Analyst for the Kansas Legislative Research Department, a non-partisan agency serving the Kansas Legislature. During her fourteen years with KLRD, she was responsible for analyzing the budget and drafting budget legislation for various state agencies, including the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Kansas Health Policy Authority and the Kansas Department on Aging. We are pleased to welcome Audrey as the chair and are sure that her professionalism and experience will be of great benefit to the Coalition and the community we...

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Register now for the MCHC July Quarterly Meeting

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Register now for the MCHC July Quarterly Meeting

To register for this event, CLICK  HERE To download the flyer, click on this link below: July 2018...

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Two Positions Now Open: Community Health Worker and FIMR Coordinator

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Two Positions Now Open: Community Health Worker and FIMR Coordinator

We currently have two positions available, one full time and one part time. 1) Position Title: Community Health Worker (CHW) – 1 full-time position available The CHW is responsible for the care coordination and case management of families enrolled in the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative. Role & Responsibilities: Enrolls and case manages yearly at least 50 pregnant or postpartum women and their infants up to two years of age, and their families, on a home-visiting model Assists with the on-going care coordination to pregnant and postpartum women and infants up to two years and their families Administers depression screens to program participants and makes appropriate referral Assures referral and/or enrollment of program participants and their families in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act in greater Kansas City Develops a plan of care with the program participant and modifies plan when appropriate Provides assistance in locating, expediting, and coordinating medical and psycho-social services which are culturally appropriate Prepares monthly reports for the Evaluation Team Recruits program participants to participate in the Community Action Network Assists with providing referral resources to significant other males and fathers of the children enrolled in the program  Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in nursing Qualification Requirements: At least 5 years’ experience working in the maternal and child area Familiarity with the neighborhood services Experience with grassroots organizations and coalescing neighborhoods and their residents Ability to work effectively with project staff and to be a team player Capacity to maintain full confidentiality of program participant information and data  Minimum Qualifications:  The Community Health Worker should be very familiar with the community service area and urban neighborhoods, and comfortable working with a diverse population. Ability to work independently to achieve program goals. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. Supervision received from:  KCHSI Program Manager Full Time position with competitive salary and benefits. Open until filled.  To apply, send a letter of interest and a copy of your résumé to info@mchc.net MCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  The Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative is a program of Mother & Child Health Coalition. www.mchc.net   2) Position Title: Fetal Infant Mortality Review Coordinator Position Summary: This half-time position provides overall coordination and management of the Kansas City FIMR program. Reports To: Executive Director, Mother & Child Health Coalition The Kansas City Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (KC-FIMR) is a community process that continually assesses the service system and community resources for women, infants, and families with the intent of improving services and systems. The KC-FIMR process brings together key members of the community to review information from individual cases of fetal and infant death in order to identify the factors associated with those deaths, determine if they represent system problems that require change, develop recommendations for change and assist in the implementation of change. KC-FIMR will coordinate activities to monitor and investigate fetal-infant mortality, examine potential service gaps and recommend further investigations and prevention efforts. Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinate all activities of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Process for Kansas City Missouri Assure bereavement support is offered to mothers Provide guidance, leadership and coordination for procedures, meetings and events related to the FIMR process in Kansas City including: Medical Records Abstraction Abstracting case information of vital statistics and medical records; and Developing case summaries for fetal and infant death to...

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Erica’s Story: Kansas City Healthy Start

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Erica’s Story: Kansas City Healthy Start

Erica found KC Healthy Start to be the help she needed when she was pregnant. The free program offered just the kind of supports she needed to get through her pregnancy and have a healthy baby – two, in fact!  If you would like to see what kind of services Healthy Start can offer you, please watch Erica’s Story. Learn more and APPLY FOR HEALTHY...

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You Can Help a Mom: Via Amazon!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in News | Comments Off on You Can Help a Mom: Via Amazon!

The Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative offers services and support for mothers, children and their families before, during and after pregnancy. Help us fill our closets with items for mom, baby & child as rewards for completing goals and tasks that improve maternal and child health. Every baby deserves a Healthy Start!  KCHSI Wish List Link: http://a.co/2uQ3jEh To apply for the Healthy Start program, please CLICK HERE. Staff of Healthy Start at Swope Health Services, with moms in the program. (June...

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Kansas City Healthy Start Program at Swope Health

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Kansas City Healthy Start Program at Swope Health

The KC Healthy Start program at Swope Health Center is there to help young mothers to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Learn more. Are you pregnant or do you have a baby under the age of two? To see if you qualify for Healthy Start, CLICK HERE.

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Mid America Immunization Coalition Annual Symposium Fri. Oct. 26, 2018

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Mid America Immunization Coalition Annual Symposium Fri. Oct. 26, 2018

Register now to attend the annual MAIC Symposium, “VACCINES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.” This meeting is joint-presented by Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Mother & Child Health Coalition. (MAIC is s program of Mother & Child Health Coalition.) Download a flyer: 2018 Symposium Flyer REGISTER TO ATTEND EXHIBITORS...

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Employer Support for Nursing Mothers Awards

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Employer Support for Nursing Mothers Awards

At the May 11 Annual Meeting, Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Metro KC Breastfeeding Collaborative presented two organizations with the Employer Support for Nursing Mothers award. This award recognizes employers in the Kansas City metropolitan area that provide workplace support to their employees who are breastfeeding (nursing). The silver level award was presented to Nicholas Sanders, Director of Human Resources for the City of Leawood, Kansas. The silver level award was also presented to Meera Mahalingam, Assistant to City Manager for the City of Kansas City, Missouri for their departments of Aviation, Convention and Entertainment, Parks and Recreation, and Water Services. Taking an interest in the most nutritious and natural method of infant feeding, the Metro KC Breastfeeding Collaborative works across state lines and among diverse partners in the Kansas City region to educate and advocate regarding the importance of breastfeeding in all sectors of the community. Congratulations to the City of Leawood, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri on this accomplishment. Kristin Schlenk, Jackson County Health Department, presented the Employer Support for Nursing Mothers award to Nicholas Sanders, City of Leawood (top) and Meera Mahalingam, City of Kansas City Missouri, on behalf of the Metro KC Breastfeeding Collaborative. To learn more about this award, and to apply, please visit the Breastfeeding page at https://mchc.net/us/committees/ For a complete list of all metro area organizations that have achieved this award, CLICK...

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