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Welcome to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 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  ...

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MCHC Community Resource Guide to be Discontinued

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 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 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...

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MCHC Annual Meeting and Election Friday, May 3

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 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...

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Cervical Cancer. It’s a terrible thing, but it’s preventable

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 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 Please share this story with people you...

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Message from the Chair April 2019

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 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...

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Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative to Continue 5 More Years

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 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...

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New Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements from KDHE

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in News | Comments Off on New Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements from KDHE

New Meningococcal vaccination requirements from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:  Information for parents/guardians of incoming 7th and 11th grade students – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade and 11th grade in the 2019-20 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance. Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required. (Provisional based on expected revision to K.A.R. 28-1-20 prior to school year) Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2016 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI). Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations: An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations. All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school. Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Tara Asher MSN, RN Blue Valley Schools District Nurse...

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Kansas City Healthy Start Steps up to Help Young Mother

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Kansas City Healthy Start Steps up to Help Young Mother

Elizabeth Cooley is originally from Texas City, Texas, and moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 2017. She lived with her grandparents until she met the father of her child. They quickly moved in together and things were great until she found out she was pregnant. When Elizabeth told the father that she was pregnant, he got very upset and left her stranded with no place to go. She couldn’t go back to her grandparents because they too were upset at the fact that she was pregnant. Elizabeth was left lost without a place to stay. She eventually found some friends who offered her a place to live, even though the living conditions were nearly intolerable. Every day she struggled to access food and basic necessities, as well as prenatal care. Elizabeth found the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative in an ad book she picked up at the Location One building, where the KCHSI office is housed, and contacted us to set up an appointment. After her scheduled appointment, she moved into a new home with a bed that almost miraculously became available at a local maternity house.  Elizabeth is now 19 weeks pregnant and is finishing school, has her driving permit, got accepted into a college, is on her way to having a job and has high hopes of moving into her own apartment. She is now doing amazing and has accomplished all of her goals. With the support of the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative, and the maternity home, she is now on her way to a successful life and is anxiously waiting to meet her baby. Submitted by Shanice Taylor KCHSI Community Health...

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MCHC Supports Kansas City Pre-K Ballot Initiative

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in News | Comments Off on MCHC Supports Kansas City Pre-K Ballot Initiative

Mother & Child Health Coalition (MCHC) is proud to endorse the universal pre-K initiative that is on the ballot in Kansas City this April.  As an organization committed to the health and well-being of our children from birth through adolescence, we know that investing in early childhood education is one of the most impactful actions we can take to improve the lives of all Kansas City kids.  Ninety percent of a child’s brain development occurs before age five.  Providing high-quality early learning for our four-year-olds will stimulate that development, putting them on the road to successful learning.  Fifty percent of our children enter the public schools in Kansas City behind both academically and emotionally.  High-quality Pre-K is a proven way to ensure that students start Kindergarten ready to learn, and sets them on a path for academic success. The specific pre-K Kansas City proposal calls for a 3/8-cent sales tax earmarked for pre-K for a period of ten years.  After ten years, the voters have an opportunity to continue or to end the investment.  The money generated will go to increasing pre-K provider capacity and quality, as well as need-based tuition assistance.  The plan is expected to fund access to early learning for eighty percent of four-year-olds in Kansas City.  Currently, only 35 percent of four-year-olds are enrolled.  Giving all of our four-year-olds access to early learning is key to reducing the disparities that exist in our city, setting them on a path to achievement, better health, and improved...

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Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips for Severe Weather Awareness Week

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips for Severe Weather Awareness Week

03-04-2019 Safe Kids Kansas Offers Safety Tips for Severe Weather Awareness Week   For Immediate Release March 4, 2019 Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips for Severe Weather Awareness Week TOPEKA – While the threat of severe weather in Kansas is year-round, March 3-9 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas, and a good opportunity to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness with your family. In 2018, the National Weather Service reported about 45 tornadoes statewide. Kansas also experiences numerous other high impact weather events, including blizzards, severe thunderstorms, and floods. “When severe weather strikes, you often have only a few minutes to respond and seek shelter,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. “It is essential for you and your family to be prepared in an emergency,” said Sage. Safe Kids Kansas recommends becoming familiar with the type of weather you may encounter, prepare an emergency disaster kit, and practice your emergency plan frequently with your entire family. Many people do not understand the difference between a watch and a warning. When conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued. Information from weather radar, spotters and other sources is used to issue severe thunderstorm and tornado WARNINGS for areas where severe weather is imminent. Severe weather warnings are passed to local radio and television stations and broadcast over weather alert radios. These warnings are also relayed to local emergency management and public safety officials who then activate the local warning systems to alert communities. Remember, thunderstorms are very dangerous and can become tornadic quickly, so shelter is advised for those warnings as well. Getting to a safe shelter in advance of a storm is especially important for families with children or individuals with a disability. Safe Kids Kansas recommends assembling an emergency disaster kit in advance. If you determine you need to take shelter, be sure every family member puts on hard-soled footwear and take your emergency disaster kit with you. An emergency disaster kit should contain: • non-perishable food items and water • a manual can opener if your kit contains canned food • blankets or sleeping bags • a change of clothing for each family member • a first-aid kit • prescription medications • sun block • a flashlight and batteries • a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio • a set of car and house keys • a whistle to signal for help • a highway map that marks the counties to follow the storm • identification and a credit card or cash • any specific items you may need for children such as diapers or formula Additional supplies and equipment may be necessary for family members with disabilities or medical conditions. Don’t forget your pets will also need supplies, including food, water, collars and leashes. For smaller animals you may want to have a crate or a cage to help keep them safe and close. Another good preparation tool is to designate an out-of-state friend or family member as your family contact in case weather strikes while your family members are apart. “Each family member should know the phone number of the emergency contact person and call to alert them they are safe and where they are...

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