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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: 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 For a complete list of all metro area organizations that have achieved this award, CLICK...

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JOB OPENING: Half-Time FIMR Program Coordinator

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in News | Comments Off on JOB OPENING: Half-Time FIMR Program Coordinator

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 be reviewed by the KC-FIMR Case Review Team (CRT). Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with the leadership of the KC-FIMR collaborative partners including the state and local health departments and local Medical Examiner. Home Interviewing Finding, contacting and interviewing the mother who has experienced the loss of a fetus or infant; Gathering additional case information as needed; Maintaining working relationship with agencies and local providers; Integrating information from home interviews into the development of case summaries Case Review Team (CRT) Provide staff support to the Chairperson of the CRT; Prepare materials and coordinating meeting arrangements for FIMR case review meetings; Assist with the review and analysis of information from the medical abstractions and home interviews; Work with CRT to summarize findings and create recommendations to improve the community’s service delivery system and resources; Recruit appropriate CRT members Support the Community Action Team (CAT) and the relevant MCHC committees/task forces in the following areas: Facilitate the sharing of the recommendations made by the case review team; Participate on the CAT to develop appropriate community action plans with interventions to improve services and resources; Participate in the Kansas City Kansas FIMR CRT and CAT; Develop and maintain effective working relationship with the leadership of the KCMO Health Commission Birth Outcomes Monitoring Committee and Healthy Communities Wyandotte County Community Health Council; Prepare KC-FIMR related documents, including reports and presentations and submit all reports in a timely manner. Collect and maintain Kansas City Metro Area Infant Mortality related data base to include in annual community dashboard report. Required Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in nursing, social work or related field Three years professional experience, preferably in in obstetrics and pediatrics, neonatology or perinatology Familiar with chart review and home visiting Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) Proficient with Data Base management, including SPSS software Excellent written and oral communication skills Experience with data collection, presentations and report writing Ability to pay close attention to detail Efficient implementation of time management and organizational...

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Matters, Measures and Momentum:  Addressing Infant Mortality in the Kansas City Region – May 11

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Matters, Measures and Momentum:  Addressing Infant Mortality in the Kansas City Region – May 11

Matters, Measures and Momentum:  Addressing Infant Mortality in the Kansas City Region Sponsored by Mother & Child Health Coalition with support from Children’s Mercy Kansas City Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Annual Meeting is usually held the 4th Friday in April; however this year, we are combining the annual meeting with a forum on infant mortality to be held on Friday, May 11. This forum will spotlight experts on trends and contributing factors, and stimulate strategies to reduce infant mortality in the Kansas City region.   Participants will be introduced to The Infant Mortality Dashboard—a user-friendly tool capturing Kansas City area data—AND participate in the development of an action agenda to improve perinatal and infant outcomes. Friday, May 11, 2018 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Delta Athenaeum 900 Linwood Blvd. Kansas City MO 64109 Directions to the Delta Athenaeum Lunch will be provided. Please register HERE Keynote Speaker Arthur James, MD, is a general obstetrician and gynecologist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. SPECIAL REQUEST: In honor of Mother’s Day, please consider making a special donation to Mother & Child Health Coalition to help every child celebrate their first birthday. With each $10.00 donation you can upload a picture of yourself and/or a woman who has made a strong impact on your life. The pictures will be displayed during our May 11 Annual Business Meeting. Here is the link to upload photos:  4.0 CEs available Continuing Education: B.E. Education Group, LLC is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 4.0 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, and LMHT re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number LT0258-0310. B.E. Education Group, LLC is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 14-002. Pre-approval by (BSRB) providership for social workers is accepted for psychologists, professional counselors, masters prepared criteria for diagnosis and treatment. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. For licensed professionals, please bring license # to the workshop to receive your CEU Certificate of Attendance. Print a flier to share: IMC Flyer-printing 5-11-18 REGISTER...

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MCHC Spring 2018 Newsletter

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Spring 2018 Newsletter

To read the latest e-newsletter, CLICK HERE

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As the Weather Heats Up, Don’t Forget the Baby

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on As the Weather Heats Up, Don’t Forget the Baby

National Heatstroke Awareness Day is July 31, 2018. Heatstroke tragedy can happen to any family. Be prepared to prevent it. Follow these tips to protect your child. Share them with family and friends so they understand the danger, too. Together, we can stop vehicular heatstroke deaths. Look Before You Lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away. A Gentle Reminder. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child. A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely. A Key to Safety. Keep your vehicle locked and keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle. Act Fast to Save a Life. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911. Chances are the child was left by accident. If the child appears in distress or is non-responsive, remove the child from the vehicle and spray the child with cool water. Information and Rescores are provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....

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Safe Haven for Newborns Day Proclamations April 5, 2018

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Safe Haven for Newborns Day Proclamations April 5, 2018

The Kansas City Safe Haven for Newborns Coalition made it a goal this year to secure proclamations from both states, Kansas and Missouri. Governors Eric Greitens (MO) and Jeff Colyer (KS) signed the proclamations, making Thursday, April 5, 2018, the first Safe Haven for Newborns Day statewide. This helps to spread awareness that Safe Haven laws exist to save lives – to protect infants from abandonment or death, and to protect the parent from prosecution. A parent who is unable or unwilling to take care of their infant can relinquish the baby, up to 45 days old, at a Safe Haven location without having to answer any questions. The child will be turned over to the division of family services and will be placed in a loving home. Since the group has been tracking relinquishments, these are the statistics: MO- 37; KS- 8; KC metro: 4. To learn more, visit Safe Haven for Newborns In addition to Kansas and Missouri, the cities of Independence and Kansas City, Missouri, and Shawnee, KS also issued Safe Haven for Newborns Day proclamations. Many thanks to all who helped with this project. State of Missouri:  State of Kansas:...

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