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Mid America Immunization Coalition 2018 Symposium Oct. 26

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Mid America Immunization Coalition 2018 Symposium Oct. 26

Registration is OPEN for the 2018 MAIC Immunization Symposium, “Vaccines: What You Need to Know.” This conference is joint-provided by Mother & Child Health Coalition and Children’s Mercy Kansas City. See brochure for details. Friday, October 26, 2018 7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children’s Mercy Park 1 Sporting Way Kansas City KS 66111 Nurses: This educational opportunity has been awarded 5.5. 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. Successful completion for contact hours: – Participate in conference activities – Sign in at beginning of the conference – Complete conference electronic evaluation Registration is $65 before Sept. 28, and $75 after. The deadline is Oct. 19. Attendees register here: Exhibitors register here: If you have any questions, please contact: DuJuan Hord, MAIC Program Coordinator (816) 283-6242 ext. 244 For more details, click here for the brochure:  MAIC SYMPOSIUM BROCHURE 2018...

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Mid America Immunization Coalition Fall Quarterly Meeting Sept. 5

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Mid America Immunization Coalition Fall Quarterly Meeting Sept. 5

The fall meeting of MAIC will be held: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Kansas City Health Dept. 2400 Troost, Lower Level Kansas City MO 64108 A light lunch will be served. Please REGISTER HERE so that we’ll be sure to have a lunch and materials for you. Topics will include the current flu season, and vaccine exemptions. We hope to see you there!

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Announcing: Position Open for MCHC Executive Director

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Announcing: Position Open for MCHC Executive Director

Due to the upcoming retirement of the current Executive Director, MCHC is seeking an experienced leader to provide vision, leadership and operational oversight to all aspects of the organization. Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC) believes that every child deserves a healthy start. Its vision is that every child in the greater Kansas City metro area will be healthy. MCHC works together with community partners and families to promote wellness and advocate for excellence in health care for all. The organization is a recognized leader in reducing infant mortality and improving the health and safety of families in the community. Mother & Child Health Coalition began in the early 1980s when a few healthcare professionals began working together to address concerns about unacceptable health indicators of lower income women and infants. Since its early beginnings as an all-volunteer group, the organization has grown steadily and strategically to where it is today. Today the group is comprised of several hundred organizational and individual partners in five metropolitan counties in Kansas and Missouri and provides a wide range of programs and services related to health promotion and prevention.  For over a decade, the organization functioned as a volunteer-driven coalition led by dedicated individuals who donated their time to move the mission of MCHC forward.  By 1994, the activities and efforts of MCHC had grown to such a point that an executive director was hired to provide the required consistent leadership.  From a staff of one, the organization now has 12 staff positions to support its various programs and operations.  The Coalition has an annual budget of $1.3 million.  The organization has consistently maintained a good financial position due to its board and staff leadership and oversight. For a detailed job description, CLICK HERE. To Apply: Via e-mail, send cover letter, résumé, and salary history to by September 21, 2018. Submissions will be accepted until the position is filled. ** Note: No phone calls, please. Inquiries should be sent by email.  Mother & Child Health Coalition is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment. We adhere to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual...

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Summer Health & Safety Fairs

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Summer Health & Safety Fairs

Mother & Child Health Coalition staff are participating in several back to school and health & safety fairs this August. On Saturday, Aug. 4, Safe Kids Metro KC program coordinator DuJuan Hord, Anne Biswell and MCHC intern Amy Blunt distributed injury prevention materials to hundreds of KCK residents at the Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair at Kansas City Kansas Community College. This included new information cards about Safe Haven for Newborns. (See below.)  An estimated 3,000 people attended the fair to receive back-packs filled with school supplies, as well as services such as free physicals, immunizations, dental screenings and haircuts, from many community partners. Upcoming events include the Jackson County Back to School Bash in Independence on Saturday, Aug. 11 and a community fair at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Kansas City Missouri on the 25th.  Safe Kids will provide car seat checks at the Jackson County event. Contact DuJuan Hord at to learn more.     DuJuan Hord and Amy Blunt, at the Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair, Sat. Aug. 4, 2018 Two-sided 4.25 x 11″ cards: ...

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Partner Spotlight: Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City 2017 Annual Report

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City 2017 Annual Report

The HCF’s 2017 Annual Report is now available. The annual report celebrates the accomplishments of HFC’s  grantees and community partners (which includes Mother & Child Health Coalition) as we work together toward igniting a culture of health in our region. Also available is the Community Advisory Committee’s annual review of HCF. Download the HFC 2017 Annual...

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Press Release: MCHC Quarterly Meeting 7-27-2018: Youth and Mental Health

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Press Release: MCHC Quarterly Meeting 7-27-2018: Youth and Mental Health

Contact: Anne Biswell                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 816.283.6242 Ext. 226                                                                            Monday, July 23, 2018 Youth & Mental Health: Living in an Anxious World This activity is joint provided by Mother & Child Health Coalition and Children’s Mercy Kansas City (with MCHC’s Metro KC Youth Collaborative and the Pregnancy, Infant & Child Health Committee). Friday, July 27, 2018     8:00 – 11:30 a.m. KCMO Health Department 2400 Troost Ave., Biery Auditorium, Kansas City MO 64108 Kansas City, MO– Today, 1 in 5 children and adolescents has a mental health problem. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem among children between the ages of 9 and 17. This details a reality that can create powerful barriers to success for the youth we serve.  Join us for informative presentations, stories of resilience and a call to action on addressing adolescent mental health in our community. 9:00 “The State of Youth Mental Health” – Keynote Speaker, Lori Wheelhouse, MA, LPC, LCPC, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Community Clinical Manager 9:30 Personal Stories of Triumph – Tyree Bayan 9:50 A Local Look at Success Don Goldman, Jewish Family Services/Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, You Be You Karen Mulligan, Children’s Mercy Hospital, School Social Work Manager  Photo and interview opportunities with speakers are available. Mother & Child Health Coalition promotes the health of mothers and children through community planning, education, advocacy and collaboration with organizations addressing infant mortality, immunization, childhood obesity, and child safety. More information about this meeting is available from Anne Biswell at Mother & Child Health Coalition, 1734 E. 63rd Street, Suite 301, Kansas City, Missouri, 64110, office phone (816) 283-6242, ext. 226; cell phone (816) 806-9929 or on our website, at ....

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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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