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MCHC Bids Farewell to Anne Biswell

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Bids Farewell to Anne Biswell

Susan McLoughlin’s Comments on Anne Biswell’s Retirement, Presented at Diastole Scholar’s Center, Oct. 29, 2019 I’m so happy to be here today to help celebrate Anne’s retirement and her over 20 years of dedication and commitment to Maternal and Child Health Coalition of Greater Kansas City.  I have worked with Anne longer than anyone else at MCHC so I wanted to share a little bit about her history with the Coalition. 1999—Anne was hired to be the first administrative assistant for the Coalition.  At that time we were employees of UMKC under the Institute for Human Development and our offices were at the Health Sciences Building on Holmes and 23rd Street. Soon, Anne completed her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at UMKC. 2000—The Coalition became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and shortly after, the office relocated to the Rivergate Building at 600 Broadway and Anne was promoted to office manager.  We shared office space with the Center for Management Assistance and with the Mid America Regional Council (MARC).  In a few years the Coalition expanded programs, especially Healthy Start and Mid America Immunization and we outgrew our space at the Rivergate Building.  We moved to larger space in the Medical Building on the campus of Research Medical Center.  As Office Manager Anne played a big part in those moves. Over the years Anne developed and nurtured relationships with many media contacts, including newspapers, radio and TV.  Mother & Child Health Coalition and its programs were becoming more visible within the community. With the board’s strategic plan in 2010 to further enhance development and public awareness, it was clear that significant time needed to be devoted to implementing a marketing and communications plan and the position of Communications Coordinator was created and Anne was promoted to that position.  She was already functioning as Publication Specialist and Newsletter Editor. Anne took the lead or assisted in most all the public awareness and communications initiatives over the years, including: The Bee Wise Immunize ads in the KC Star The development and updates to the MCHC Community Resource Guide Quarterly Newsletters MCHC website Ads and articles in numerous publications Press releases for all events Many flyers, brochures, products & forms Anne helped MCHC branch out into new avenues of social media with a presence on Face Book and Twitter More recently, she began to use Constant Contact email service to send out newsletters and other email communication. Anne also provided support with other staff for many programs over the years including: Celebrating Healthy Motherhood Luncheons Mid America Immunization Coalition meetings, annual Symposiums, Flu Clinics and immunization public awareness campaigns, including metro billboards and bus ads KC Healthy Start program’s communication and public awareness efforts.  Anne recognized it was very important to share the success stories of the Healthy Start families and she always tried to include these in the newsletter. Anne provided administrative support when the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Case Review Team began. The Employer Support for Nursing Mothers Award (breastfeeding awareness and promotion) Safe Kids Metro KC Coalition Child Safety Initiative Conferences Anne took particular interest in preventing infants and young children from dying in hot cars. She assisted in several “Where’s Baby” and “Don’t Leave Kids Alone in Cars” messaging campaigns. Coordinating the many volunteers and interns who have served the Coalition over the years. As many of you may...

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MCHC 2018-2019 Annual Report

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in News | Comments Off on MCHC 2018-2019 Annual Report

The Annual Report for the fiscal year of April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019 is now available. To view the report, please click here: 2018-2019 Annual Report Final

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MAIC Fall Flu Clinics Underway: Say BOO to the FLU!!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in News | Comments Off on MAIC Fall Flu Clinics Underway: Say BOO to the FLU!!

Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC) is once again holding a series of flu clinics across the metro area to try and reduce the burden of influenza on the community. Every year, an average of 32,000 people in the U.S. die from complications resulting from the flu. Last year was even worse, and this year is expected to once again be a bad year. Getting an annual flu shot is one of the best ways to keep from becoming sick. It is also recommended to wash hands frequently, and to stay home when you’re sick. The more people who get a flu shot and practice good health hygiene, the stronger the herd immunity will be. That’s when the majority of the people are immunized, and so everyone, including the more vulnerable populations (the elderly, the immune-compromised, and those under the age of 6 months) are protected. Two local TV stations covered the clinic on Oct. 16 at the Don Bosco at St. Anthony’s on Benton Blvd: Charlie Keegan with Channel 41 and Kelly Eckerman with Channel 9 Many thanks to both for helping spread and word and keeping the community healthy! Have you had YOUR shot yet?  Check with the health department, your local health clinic, or your private health provider, Walgreens or CVS, and get yours as soon as you can.  Do it for yourself, your family, your co-workers and your community. Before Halloween is a good rule of thumb. Say BOO to the FLU! For details and a schedule of upcoming clinics CLICK HERE. MAIC is a program of Mother & Child Health Coalition/Nurture KC. Starting November 1 MCHC will have a new name and new address MCHC will become Nurture KC and the staff is moving to 1111 West 39th Street KCMO 64111 Coming...

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Fall Flu Clinic Schedule

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Fall Flu Clinic Schedule

Fall Flu Clinics 2019 / vacunas de influenza MO – ages 12 years and older/ mayores de 12 años KS – ages 7 years and older/ mayores de 7 años Date/Fecha Time/Tiempo Address/Dirección Age/Edad Wednesday/ miércoles 10/2   3:00-6:00pm Kansas City KS Community College, Jewell Hall, 7250 State Ave., KCKS 66112 7+ Friday/viernes 10/11 9am-12pm Mexican Consulate, 1617 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108 12+ Saturday/sab 10/12 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Vietnamese Health Fair, Garrison Community Center 1124 E 5th Street KCMO 64127 12+   Wednesday/ miércoles 10/16   8:30am-1pm Don Bosco at St. Anthony’s Church 309 Benton Blvd. KCMO 64124 12+ Thursday/ jueves 10/17 3:30 – 5:30 pm El Centro, Family Night 1330 S. 30th Street, KCKS 66106 7+ Friday/viernes 10/18 9:00am-1:00pm Donnelly College 608 N. 18th Street KCKS 66102 7+ Wednesday/ miércoles 10/30 3:00-5:00pm Center of Grace 520 S. Harrison Street, Olathe, KS 66061 7+  NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED – NO NECESITAS HACER CITA A limited supply of free vaccines will be available for those with no insurance. We ACCEPT: most insurance or Medicaid, nursing student insurance card, TriCare military ID, or active veteran status. Otherwise, vaccine will be available for $35.00 – cash or check only. First come, first served! Los suministros gratis son limitados. Si tiene seguro o Medicaid,  seguro de estudiante de enfermería, TriCare identificación militaría, o veterano podría ser gratis. Si no tiene tarjeta la vacuna estará disponible por $35.00, efectivo o cheque solamente. Primero llegado, primero servido! For more information call (816) 283-6242 ext. 244, or email, To learn tips on how to prevent the flu, go to #VaccinesWorkKC! Mid America Immunization Coalition is a program of Mother & Child Health Coalition.                SPONSORED BY the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region VII and...

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 The 2019 Annual Report on Child Deaths in Kansas (2017 data)

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in News | Comments Off on  The 2019 Annual Report on Child Deaths in Kansas (2017 data)

Thanks to our Safe Kids counterpart in Johnson County, Kansas, Katie Schatte for this information. The 2019 annual report on child deaths in Kansas (2017 data) is now available. You can access this report and previous years at this link: This information in invaluable when pulling grants together and writing community presentations. Safe Kids Johnson County would like to thank the Attorney General’s office, the State Child Death Review Board, and Director, Sara Hortenstine, for this important data that helps us to better understand the causes of death for children and focus our efforts to prevent these fatalities. Katie Schatte, Safe Kids Coordinator Safe Kids Johnson County Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Community Health Division 11875 S. Sunset, Suite 300 Olathe, Kansas 66061 913-477-8312 (O) 913-477-8053 (F)

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Job Opening: Program Manager, Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Job Opening: Program Manager, Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative

 Position Title: Program Manager, Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI) Position Summary: The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the KCHSI and works closely with key staff as a team for the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Healthy Start program. The Program Manager works closely with sub-contract site administrators and Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Program Manager is involved with grant management and assisting with the completion of timely and accurate reports to the Project Director, grantor and others as required.  The Program Manager works closely with the KCHSI Project Director and Project Evaluator. The Program Manager reports to the MCHC Executive Director/KCHSI Project Director.  Duties and Responsibilities: Work with key staff as a team to coordinate implementation of KCHSI’s goals and strategies. Provide direct supervision of the Healthy Start Outreach Worker (OW) and ensure that OW completes bi-weekly timesheets. Serve as the point of contact for the clinical portion of the Healthy Start supplemental grant. Assure provision of training for all direct line program staff to ensure ongoing professional Ensure that CHWs and OW comply with KCHSI policies and procedures. Monitor and make recommendations to KCHSI Project Director to address front-line program personnel issues with sub-contract site administrators. Coordinate and make recommendations for collaborative partnerships with potential Community Action Network (CAN), Memo of Understanding (MOU), and other community partners to promote the goals and objectives of the KCHSI, including identification and recruitment and participation of program participants within the target Represent KCHSI with community partnerships, state leaders, and elected Participate in bi-monthly meetings of the key KCHSI leadership staff, including the Project Director, Education & Health Promotion Coordinator, and the Financial Manager. Assist with the grant activities including collection of data, preparation and dissemination of program reports as necessary to meet specified requirements of program funding sources. Prepare monthly grantee template report with input from KCHSI Project Director, Financial Manager, Education and Health Promotion Coordinator and KCHSI Evaluator, to submit to the grant program officer and participate in periodic calls with grant program officer. Participate in quarterly meetings of the subcontract site administrators, KCHSI evaluator, and key KCHSI staff. Assist with the coordination, preparation and timely submission of the Healthy Start Competitive Grant Application and annual Non-Competing Continuation Application. Provide input for the KCHSI program Work with KCHSI Project Evaluator, subcontractors, and Project Director, to evaluate program effectiveness and to recognize and make recommendations for solving potential problems. Participate on the Kansas City Missouri and Wyandotte County Kansas Fetal Infant Mortality Review Community Action Teams. Provide input for KCHSI public relations materials including monthly MCHC updates; press releases, brochures, pamphlets, posters, success stories, fact sheets and web site content. Perform other duties as assigned by the MCHC Executive Director/KCHSI Project Director or as needed by the  Qualifications: Masters or advanced degree in education, nursing, early childhood development, public health, social work, business or health administration. Experience in perinatal health, early education, public health systems, and coalition organizing. Proven leadership and ability to think and plan strategically. Excellent organizational skills showing demonstrated capability to manage multiple short- and long-term priorities. Experience with federal grant contract management, including budgeting and reporting. Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in managing personnel. Experience in identifying and obtaining grants and funding. Excellent communication skills,...

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BEE Sure to Get All Your Vaccines

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in News | Comments Off on BEE Sure to Get All Your Vaccines


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Announcing: MCHC Seeking Communications/Marketing Consultant

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Announcing: MCHC Seeking Communications/Marketing Consultant

Mother & Child Health Coalition is seeking a communications/marketing consultant or firm to lead our communication strategies, branding strategies, public/media relations and marketing efforts.  This position is on contract, so applicants may have other clients in addition to MCHC. Scope of work Includes: Implements MCHC branding across all media Provides leadership on communications strategic plan Develops all public MCHC materials including annual report, brochure, marketing materials, presentations, monthly updates, press releases and event fliers Provides content for website, social media Seeks opportunities for traditional media Coordinates with development director on fundraising opportunities Serves as the point of contact with website developer Develops materials for Healthy Start, Mid America Immunization Coalition and Safe Kids Metro KC Leads public relations efforts for MCHC Provides a quarterly report of all activities to the MCHC Board of Directors Criteria for consideration: A minimum of five years’ experience in communications/marketing Experience in website and social media content development Knowledge of CRM database Experience in nonprofit communications preferred Relationships with local media Experience with Hootsuite, Canva, InDesign, Constant Contact, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Steller or similar To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three work samples to Tracy Russell at by September 24, 2019.  For more information about MCHC, go to MCHC is an equal-opportunity employer. No phone calls,...

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Happy 1st Birthday, Caleb!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Happy 1st Birthday, Caleb!

 The “1st year of life” celebration is very significant in Hispanic culture. It is a tremendous milestone to achieve. For that reason, family and friends are invited to come together to celebrate. Traditionally, the cake, the piñata, and the “Cumpleaños feliz” or “Las Mañanitas” songs are very important aspects that bring everyone together that day. For the Salgado family, this celebration is even more important. Unfortunately, they lost their first baby at birth and suffered a second loss at 8 weeks of pregnancy, but Caleb is healthy and strong; he is smart and vivacious. He is one year old! We have been able to provide support for the Salgado family and many others during this past year. We provide fundamental information and education on different topics including how to care for their sick children, safe sleep education, breastfeeding, birth control, and food pantry and clinic referrals. As the Salgado’s Community Health worker, I worked with Caleb’s family to make sure he obtained his Medicaid card in order to receive his vaccines and regular doctor’s visits. We also made sure that Caleb received his Social Security number and birth certificate. Many times, obtaining these documents is a huge strain on the family due to their incomplete understanding of how the processes work. The Salgado family was not an exception. It took several months to get Caleb’s Medicaid card and many phone calls to Medicaid providers. Shortly thereafter, they received the baby’s Medicaid card in the mail. The same issues arose with the baby’s birth certificate. They didn’t realize they had to send the signed form with a copy of their passport, a stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a money order. This is a process that is very difficult for new or non-English speaking parents to understand and complete correctly. This is where Mother & Child Health Coalition is able to bridge those gaps through education and guidance. The rewards for being a Community Health Worker are innumerable. The most important part is creating a long-lasting bond with all the families. They are always so grateful for the assistance we provide and always express how thankful they really are. I constantly am invited to “1st year celebrations,” baptisms, anniversaries, and more as a form of gratitude for all the support we provide. Submitted by Marcela Metcalf, Lead Community Health Worker Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative  ...

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Community Health Nurse to Join KCHSI Team

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Community Health Nurse to Join KCHSI Team

Mother & Child Health Coalition is excited to announce receipt of a five-year supplemental grant for the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI.) The Notice of Award from the U.S. Department of Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was received on Tuesday, August 20. These funds will be used to offer clinical services to our KCHSI families through the services of a nurse. A Community Health Nurse position will be contracted with Truman Medical Center, offering support and resources to KCHSI families, with the ultimate goal of reducing infant mortality and improving overall birth outcomes among the families served. The grant cycle will run concurrently with the existing Healthy Start grant, with additional funding at $122,899 for this first year, increasing to $142,899 for each year thereafter, from 2021 through 2024. We are looking forward to this collaboration with Truman Medical Center. For more information contact Jean Craig, PhD, Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative program manager, at...

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