A legacy of healthcare collaboration

The Coalition’s roots can be traced to a few healthcare professionals in the early 1980s who were concerned about unacceptable health indicators of lower income women and their infants.

What began as a small group of individuals concerned about the health of vulnerable populations has grown to a metropolitan partnership of more than 200 agencies and 350 members.

Our driving focus has always been to reach those most vulnerable in the community and today the Coalition’s mission continues to guide us as we work to improve healthcare for area mothers, families and their children.


Following the publication of a report on key problems for Missouri’s mothers and children by the Department of Social Services Division of Health in 1983, a local group of healthcare professionals formed the Maternal and Child Health Planning Group led by Richard Biery, M.D. from the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. This group later became The Kansas City Maternal and Child Health Coalition.

By the late 80s the Coalition’s membership included representatives from more than 40 organizations. The Coalition was instrumental in obtaining state funding to expand prenatal services for lower income women and in starting a metro-wide database for program planning for each agency and the entire community.


  • MCHC had grown to include representatives from more than 70 area organizations;
  • Received a 5-year Challenge Grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to improve the health status of women and children;
  • Susan McLoughlin, RN, MSN, CPNP, was hired as the first executive director;
  • Moved the offices to the Institute for Human Development (IHD), a University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, affiliated with the University of Missouri- Kansas City.
  • MOHAKCA became the fiscal agent.
  • Coalition was designated the host organization for the Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC) in 1994, Donna Miller, director;
  • Created the video “Caring for the Drug-Exposed Baby.”


  • Held the first (now annual) MAIC Immunization Symposium.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated MCHC as one of 13 partner sites for teen pregnancy prevention program planning, when the Adolescent Resource Corporation ceased programming.
  • Adopted Year 2000 Model Standards.
  • “Help Erase Hep-B” project with KC WAIT.


  • By 1996 the Coalition’s membership had grown to more than 100 area organizations and 350 individual members
  • Local Rotary Clubs helped to fund immunization efforts while the Coalition received a $200,000 grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to assess and coordinate prenatal and infant services and injury prevention including child abuse prevention services. (1996-2000)
  • Held the Cultural Competence in Perinatal Health conference.


  • In collaboration with the Heart of America United Way, the Coalition received a $7.6 million four-year Healthy Start grant to reduce infant mortality in greater Kansas City, Dr. Barbara Moore, director. The Kansas City Healthy Start program continues today, and serves more than 800 families a year through outreach, care coordination and education.
  • Received a three-year grant from the Missouri Department of Health, funded through the National Center for Disease Control and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase immunization in public housing.


  • Began production of the ABC Guide (Community Resource Guide) funded by the March of Dimes.
  • KC WAIT “Plain Talk for Parents” series with YWCA and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
  • Website for mchc.net was established.
  • KC WAIT 1st annual Clergy Breakfast.
  •  “Get Hep B” project (MERCK Vaccine) immunized 9,000 6-graders.
  • Public Housing Immunization Project, Health Ambassadors, and the First Day of School Immunization Initiative


  • The Coalition was asked to assume a coordinating role for childhood injury prevention efforts in the community.
  • “Atencion!” Latino/Hispanic Diversity Conference.
  • Healthy Start sites: University of Kansas, Project EAGLE, YWCA, Wyandotte County Health Department, Cabot Westside Clinic, Children’s Mercy Hospital Paseo, KCMO Health Department, Samuel U Rodgers Health Clinic.


  • The Maternal and Child Health Coalition of Greater Kansas City, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Missouri and relocated its offices to the Rivergate Building at 600 Broadway, downtown Kansas City, “incubating” under the Center for Management Assistance (CMA).
  • The MCHC Board of Directors identified fundraising, visibility and legislative priorities as the primary focus areas for the Coalition and approved a business plan for marketing the Coalition and its services in the bi-state area.
  • Held the KCHS Perinatal Substance Abuse Conference, with Ira Chasnoff.
  • Opened an account at UMB Bank.
  • Celebration 2000 Partnership Luncheon with KCHS and United Way.
  • Injury-Free KC Safety Fair.
  • Sponsored a Multicultural Breakfast Club Conference series with sessions on Latino, Native American, Vietnamese, African-American and Refugee cultures.
  • Began annual series of Legislative Programs, starting with “Maternal and Child Health Policy.”
  • The Board Development Committee focused efforts on gaining support from the partner agencies for an organizational membership program while additional program and administrative staff were hired to move the Coalition’s work forward.
  • The Kansas City Star continued to publish information, in-kind, about our monthly Bee Wise (Immunize) Mondays.
  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded MCHC a three-year PEP grant to conduct Kid Power KC, a childhood obesity prevention project for tweens.
  • MCHC led the creation of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program, Mary Jean Brown, program coordinator,  to study the causes of fetal and infant deaths and to advocate for system improvements.
  • Health and Safety fair.
  • Prime Health Foundation $200,000 grant for Town Hall meetings and PA obesity. (2002)
  • Breastfeeding grant with Office of Women’s Health. (2003)
  • Kansas City Healthy Start transitioned from United Way to Mother & Child Health Coalition.
  • The Kansas City Healthy Start program served and provided care coordination to 599 women and screened 142 women for depression in partnership with Truman Medical Center’s Behavioral Health network.


  • Received the Dept. of Education’s Carol White PEP grant for Childhood Obesity Weighing In.
  • A fund development plan was developed to guide the Coalition’s sustainability efforts.
  • Continued to attract grants from various government, public and private sources.
  • In order to accommodate the larger staff, MCHC moved into space at 6400 Prospect Avenue Suite 216 in Kansas City, Missouri until the move to 1734 E. 63rd in January of 2018.
  • Identified major goals for the three-year strategic plan focusing on financial stability, building a diverse and engaged membership and enhancing MCHC’s ability to influence public policy on issues relevant to its mission.
  • Created an advisory board of prominent and influential individuals to aid the Coalition in its promotion in the community.


  • MCHC was designated as the home of Safe Kids Metro KC Deb Bumgardner, director.
  • Held 2nd health fair.
  • MCHC held its first annual Celebrating Healthy Motherhood Luncheon with more than 200 people attending. Attendance grew to almost 500 people over the next five years.
  • MCHC received funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to continue the Weighing In Collaborative and the Eat Small project, a public awareness and education campaign delivering portion control messages to tweens.
  • MCHC received $1.5m grant for KCHS program from the USDHHS.


  • Kid Power KC Project: Conducted two school assemblies hosted by Radio Disney and delivered the Eat Small message to more than 900 kids in the ZIP code areas of 64117 and 64134.
  • Conducted a community event at the KC Marathon Kids Race hosted by Radio Disney and delivered the message to more than 1,100 parents and the general public.
  • MCHC joined the “Leave a Legacy” KC Chapter.


  • A new program, Dedicated Dads was initiated to connect area fathers and male figures to programs and services to help them be better role models for their families. Activities included educational workshops for dads and basketball clinics for the kids.
  • KC Magic Weekend activities with Magic Johnson.
  • Updated the MCHC logo and website with new features; created a style guide, organizational brochure and a corporate leave-behind piece to help market the MCHC brand to its members, donors and the bi-state community.
  • The Eat Small media campaign reached the metro through newspapers, billboards, bus ads and local television stations including KCPT and many Time Warner Cable stations. Millions were reached through the campaign.
  • Eat Small educational materials reached more than 6,000 local students in 13 school districts with handouts and teaching kits for teachers and school nurses.
  • KID POWER KC completed its final year of a three-year Physical Education Program (PEP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2007, the program served 50 sites and 1,955 students in the metro area. During the three-year grant, KID POWER KC served 138 sites and 5,090 students.
  • Mid America Immunization Coalition Symposium, “Something Old, Something New, Immunizations, the Public and You.”
  • Started regular monthly childbirth classes.
  • Safe Kids Metro KC named Local Coalition of the Year.
  • Held the first Safe Kids awards.
  • 250 mothers and 213 infants received case management services in the Kansas City Healthy Start program in fiscal year 2007-2008.


  • A joint partnership with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics was begun for the Weighing In Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative.
  • Held the first annual MAIC Silver Syringe Award competition for the largest increase in hospital health care workers immunized for influenza, promoted by MAIC and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) members at various hospitals.
  • Kansas City Healthy Start and Dedicated Dads partnered with Black Entertainment Television to hold Wrap It Up events in Kansas City.
  • Advocated in several areas including early childhood education, health care reform, the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Medicaid for children, and against TABOR-like legislation in Missouri.
  • Worked with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition to promote breastfeeding in the workplace, using The Business Case for Breastfeeding tool kit.
  • David Mundy, MD, perinatologist at Truman Medical Center, was welcomed as the Chair of the FIMR Case Review Team (CRT). Since the beginning of the FIMR program in Kansas City in 2001, over 110 cases had been reviewed by the CRT.  Analysis of the data is shared bi-annually with the Community Action Team (CAT).
  • Through an adolescent immunization grant from MODHSS, the MAIC Steering Committee hosted a series of out-of-office dinners to educate health care workers (HCW) on the importance of being vaccinated.
  • Healthy Motherhood Luncheon, with Dr. Mom, guest speaker was attended by 460 people and raised more than $52,000 in revenue.


  • MCHC Executive Director, Susan McLoughlin was appointed by the Kansas Governor to serve on the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality.  The panel was appointed to address Kansas’ high infant mortality rate, a rate which was exceeding the rates of most other states.
  • Held the Healthy Motherhood Luncheon, with Consuela Kickbush, guest speaker.
  • Mid America Immunization Symposium “On Track to Healthy People 2010.”



  • As part of MCHC’s 25th Anniversary celebration, 460 people attended the 2010 Healthy Motherhood Luncheon event honoring 25 Shining Stars from the Kansas City community committed to bettering the lives of mothers and children.
  • MCHC participated in planning for a coordinated, comprehensive, metro-wide approach for Kansas City Safe Haven for Newborns, facilitating a survey of area hospitals, as part of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts in Kansas City.
  • MCHC was showcased along with Kansas City Healthy Start and Kansas City Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) as part of a “Possible Interventions: What Works” presentation to the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality. The Panel met several times with the Kansas Governor’s Child Health Advisory Committee to discuss potential action steps, and report recommendations and priorities.
  • The MCHC executive director participated on an advisory panel convened by the Kansas Health Institute to develop the concept of “Children’s Health in All Policies,” a policy strategy for improving the health of Kansas children. The Panel developed a communication plan for a Kansas Statewide Infant Mortality Campaign, in order to increase awareness about the seriousness of infant mortality as a public health issue in Kansas.
  • As part of MCHC’s activities related to the Business Case for Breastfeeding, MCHC adopted a policy for employees who breastfeed which can be used as a model for other small organizations.
  • Under Safe Kids Metro KC, 18 Child Passenger Safety events were held, with 304 car seats distributed to families that needed them. A total of 394 checks were done on installed safety seats to ensure they were done properly.
  • Created the “PJ Gets Wise” video on adolescent immunization, replacing the original “Wally Takes Charge.” PJ received the IMMY award at the MAIC awards ceremony.
  • Jean Craig, KCHS director, was elected to the National Healthy Start board.


  • In April 2011, National Minority Health Awareness Month, MCHC sponsored two events focused on infant mortality with special guest speaker, Tonya Lewis Lee JD, as part of a state-wide campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, “A Healthy Baby Begins with You.”
  • MCHC partnered with the March of Dimes and other key Kansas and Kansas City area stakeholders in coordinating efforts to prevent prematurity through the new Kansas Prematurity Coalition.
  • MCHC received grant funding towards the coordination of a comprehensive, metro-wide approach for a community awareness campaign for Safe Haven for Newborns. The promotion “No One Ever Has to Abandon a Newborn” appeared on 18 billboards and inside 120 Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) buses throughout the metro area during the month of April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The new Safe Haven Education Committee also produced a brochure, poster, and Power Point presentation to help educate the public about this critical child abuse prevention strategy.
  • Under the FIMR Case Review Team, a Safe Sleep Task Force was created and members include representatives from the CRT, SIDS Resources, Child Fatality Review Panel and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Section of Child Abuse and Neglect. The task force recognizes the need to educate those caring for newborns in addition to the mothers, in particular other relatives and day care providers. Projects included providing materials on safe sleep to area pediatricians’ offices.
  • A project of MAIC, the adolescent immunization DVD, “P.J. Gets Wise,” was mailed free to health departments, private practices and school districts in 41 states. Immunization promotion included “Fight the Flu” movie and magazine ads advising viewers to get the flu vaccine, (300,000 viewers) and an ad “Vaccines Work appeared on the tail end of 20 KCATA buses (480,440 viewers).
  • Conducted strategic planning with the assistance of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.
  • In 2011, MCHC branched out into new avenues of social media with a presence on Face Book and Twitter (@mchc_dot_net).
  • Held Mid America Immunization Coalition Symposium, “Vaccines: Protecting our Future.”


  • Mid America Immunization Coalition held a total of 7 immunization trainings. Ad campaigns included “Vaccines Work” and “Fight the Flu.” A grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region VII, helped to focus on flu education in the African American and Hispanic communities.
  • Safe Kids Metro KC projects included International Walk to School Day, Bucks for Buckles and a sports injury prevention program. SKMKC co-sponsored the annual Child Safety Initiative Conference in April with Children’s Mercy Hospital, and partnered with the Missouri Head Start program to provide parent education on child passenger safety. Once again, the promotion “No One Ever Has to Abandon a Newborn” appeared on 10 Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) buses throughout the metro area during the month of April 2013, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.


  • Susan McLoughlin and Jean Craig, KC Healthy Start project manager, were appointed by the Missouri governor to serve on the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality.
  • The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) team published a report on 125 cases to date, showing that the factors that contribute to fetal and infant deaths remain the same: asthma, obesity, addiction to alcohol, tobacco and/or other drugs, and late or no prenatal care. The team worked to implement free pregnancy testing, enrollment into Medicaid and ensuring that the first pre-natal visit is scheduled.
  • Kansas City Healthy Start served over 300 families in 2013. As KCHS focused on early prenatal care, transportation to medical appointments was provided for participants when needed. Monthly childbirth classes and home visits with the KCHS families were provided by the program’s clinical nurse family advocate.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed with Connections to Success to refer KCHS program participants, and especially the fathers of the KCHS children and also the male significant others of the women enrolled in the program. A MOU was also developed with the AdHoc Group Against Crime to address trauma- informed care and toxic stress.
  • Advocated in several areas including human trafficking (KS SB 61), and for Safe Haven for Newborns legislation to increase the number of days to relinquish an infant from 5 to 45 days in Missouri, both of which passed and were signed into law by the governors.
  • A $29,000 FedEx grant to Safe Kids Metro KC provided much needed safety infrastructure improvements to Johnson Elementary school in the Hickman Mills School District
  • A Breastfeeding Welcome Here campaign was developed as the Breastfeeding Committee’s involvement with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. The campaign includes a window cling and other items that showcase which businesses are breastfeeding-friendly to customers.  The overall intent is to create a breastfeeding-friendly shopping experience for mothers of nursing infants/toddlers, with the goal to alter public opinion such that breastfeeding becomes the norm, rather than the exception.  Too many women stop breastfeeding due to feeling ostracized due to their infant feeding choices.
  • The Employer Support for Nursing Mothers Award, a collaborative effort (the KBC and MCHC co-created the set of award criteria) of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, and MCHC, was developed to give to businesses that meet one of a three-tiered set of criteria—gold, silver, and bronze. Employers who meet the criteria will be added to the MCHC web site and provided with an award.  The award is based upon The Business Case for Breastfeeding.  This award process is to assist the public and corporations to know what potential employers and peer businesses are doing well and how one may be able to learn from another, especially since it is now a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that employers must assist lactating employees in their efforts. For a current list of awardees, CLICK.
  • MAIC partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy and HHS Region VII and held 4 Free Flu Clinics in KCK and KCMO providing a total of 975 free flu vaccinations.
  • Held the MAIC Symposium “Disease Knows No Borders: Vaccines Protect Everyone.” on June 21, 2013 with 185 participants and 8 private exhibitors.
  • Coordinated the annual Child Safety Initiative Conference, held during April 2013, which is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • Safe Haven for Newborns Coalition pushed to change legislation to be the same in Missouri as in Kansas and allow for infants up to 45 days old to be safely handed over to Safe Haven site personnel. This took effect August 2013.  The law was also amended to add maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers to the list of official Safe Haven sites.
  • Succeeded in getting the KCMO Fire Department to display permanent Safe Haven signs.
  • Redesigned Safe Haven sign: simplified with bigger graphics, less text, red border.



  • The application for the competition Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health grant opportunity was submitted on January 21, 2014. It was a challenging year with the new grant process, but MCHC was successful in receiving a $4.9 million award for a new five-year program. Notice of Award was received on Nov. 1, 2014 for Level 2 funding to continue through spring of 2019.
  • Since 2005, 158 cases of fetal and infant deaths have been reviewed by the FIMR Case Review Team, 33 of them in 2014.
  • SIDS training in safe sleep practices was provided to all MCHC staff members, through the Samuel U Rodgers Health Clinic, and three area Babies R Us locations. 32 cribs were provided to attendees.
  • Our Health Matters, a local, free health care publication, devoted two pages to educating readers on safe sleep practices.
  • Healthy Start Programs as well as the FIMR program data were discussed on the radio station KKFI (FM 90.1) in honor of September, Infant Mortality Month.
  • Venkata Garikapaty, PhD, from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (MODHSS), Office of Epidemiology, presented data from the Missouri Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). This program is a joint research project between MODHSS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The goal is to determine why some babies are born healthy and others are not.
  • 2014 Annual Immunization Hero Awards presented to:
  • Legislative Award: Senator Gina Walsh, Missouri District 13
  • Advocacy Award: Andy Marso, meningitis survivor
  • Corporate Responsibility Award: Hilton Garden Inn, KCK
  • Excellence in Community Service and Social Responsibility: Mexican Consulate of KC
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Media Awards: FOX 4 News and KC Hispanic News

For a current list of Immunization Hero Awards recipients, CLICK HERE

  • The Kansas City Star continued to print monthly Bee Wise Immunize ads, pro bono.
  • Held annual regional MAIC Symposium “Exploring Challenges and Opportunities” on June 27, 2014.
  • Safe Kids Metro KC received $500 from Safe Kids Worldwide for International Walk to School Day, $300 from Kansas Safe Kids for a Bucks to Buckles campaign and $3,500.00 from KDHE to conduct Safe Sleep Clinics in Wyandotte County in 2014. (These have been received in most years.)
  • Provided Child Passenger Safety Technician training classes in partnership with Children’s Mercy.
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals awarded a grant of $3,500 to MAIC for immunization advocacy.
  • MAIC testified and worked in support of the Immunization Registry Bill (HB 1445) in the Missouri House of Representatives, and on the meningitis bill in both the Missouri House and Senate. Senator Walsh’s meningitis bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Nixon in July, 2014. On July 1, 2015 all students living on campuses in Missouri will be required to have the meningitis vaccine.
  • Partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy and HHS Region VII and held numerous Free Flu Clinics in KCK and KCMO providing a total of 3,000 free flu vaccinations, targeting the under-insured and uninsured in MO and KS.
  • Hosted first regional screening and panel discussion of the “Invisible Threat” documentary addressing vaccine hesitancy, for 125 participants.
  • Kansas amended their Safe Haven law to add law enforcement locations.
  • Through a grant from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), a total of 107 cribs were dispersed to families in need, in Wyandotte County, May through September 2015. Partner agencies, with staff educated in the safe sleep principles, provided cribs from the KDHE grant to their clients.
  • With funding from the Health Care Foundation, Women’s Foundation, and Kansas City MO Health Department began work on several projects related to the Business Case for Breastfeeding and Baby Friendly Hospital initiatives.



  • In 2015, MCHC celebrated its 30-year anniversary of serving mothers, children and families in Kansas City.
  • A new logo for Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative was designed and adopted.
  • Development to formalize activities of the Community Action Network (CAN) began.
  • Safe Kids Metro KC received grants of $500 from Safe Kids Worldwide for International Walk to School Day, $300 from Kansas Safe Kids for a Bucks to Buckles campaign; and $5,000 from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) to continue safe sleep classes in Wyandotte County.
  • Held press conference on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, July 31st
  • Safe Kids received Mid America Regional Council’s Destination Safe Leadership Award.
  • Safe Haven for Newborns’ “No One Ever Has to Abandon a Newborn” public awareness message was on 65 KC ATA buses for the month of April 2015.
  • Safe Haven provided signs for police stations in the KC metro area on the KS side.
  • FJC Foundation provided funding for a Safe Haven PSA which was shown on KCPT during April.
  • The MCHC Legislative Committee advocated in favor of the Child Health Insurance Program, a school immunization notification bill in Missouri, the Kansas Dental Project, Medicaid expansion in Kansas, and enhanced seat belt legislation in Kansas.
  • A Breastfeeding Welcome Here campaign was continued as the committee’s involvement with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.  The campaign includes a window cling and other items that showcase which businesses are breastfeeding-friendly to customers.
  • The Employer Support for Nursing Mothers Award continued to recognize businesses that meet one of a three-tiered set of criteria—gold, silver, and bronze. For a current list of awardees, CLICK.
  • Through partnerships with the Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition, the Greater Kansas City Lactation Consultants Association, and the United Way of Greater Kansas City, the collaborative has created its first breastfeeding-specific resource guide for the Kansas City metro area.
  • MCHC received funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to support a formative evaluation of the facilitators and barriers to breastfeeding in the greater Kansas City area.  Numerous partners from around the metro area assisted in the data collection process. They are:
    • City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, Nurse-Family Partnership
    • City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, WIC
    • Johnson County Department of Health & Environment, WIC
    • Platte County Health Department, WIC
    • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, WIC
    • Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, WIC
    • Swope Health Services, WIC
    • Truman Medical Centers, WIC
    • Unified Government of Wyandotte County Public Health Department, WIC
  • The Metro KC Youth Collaborative continued efforts to forge a collaborative from the many youth-serving organizations in the metropolitan Kansas City area, and held meetings on a quarterly basis in various parts of the metro community on the following topics:
    • Substance abuse prevention and treatment for youth
    • Smart phone application for youth
    • Programs for youth at the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment
    • A Community Discussion: Bullying & Victimization during Adolescence
  • The FIMR program reviewed 57 cases of fetal or infant death in 2015.
  • 107 cribs were dispersed to families in need in Wyandotte County, May-September 2015.
  • MAIC staff testified in support of MO748 requiring all students living in on-campus housing in higher education to receive the meningitis vaccine. The law went into effect July 1, 2015.
  • Held the first annual National Immunization Awareness Month Kick-Off Event Walk and Rally Aug 1, 2015.
  • SKMKC presented the Safe Kids Worldwide “Badge of Honor” award to three individuals who rescued a child from a hot car.
  • The “Where’s Baby” message was displayed 164 different times for a total of 170,421 minutes (2,840 hours) on MoDOT’s rural dynamic message signs along I-70, I-44, I-29, I-35, I-55, and US 60. The message showed up on 56 different signs across the state. In addition, they also ran a companion message that said, “Don’t Leave Kids Alone in Cars.” This message was displayed 243 different times for a total of 261,227 minutes (4,354 hours).
  • The annual regional MAIC Immunization Symposium “Who Calls the Shots?” was held November 13.



  • The Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI) developed new MOUs with The Family Conservancy for their Head Start Early Head Start program, with United Services Community Action Agency to address the needs of pregnant teens, interconceptional teens and males, and with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative for referring children of the families served by KCHSI to their Charter School.
  • There have been no infant deaths in KCHSI during this grant cycle. A total of 935 participants were served during 2016.
  • A survey of providers who provide pregnancy testing and the cost of their pregnancy test was completed and then listed in the MCHC Resource Guide for distribution.
  • As a Partner Agency in the HappyBottoms program, during 2015 KCHSI was provided 45,730 diapers with a retail value of $11,433. These items were distributed to 251 children enrolled in the program.
  • A total of $3,000 was received from Home State Health Care to purchase Pack N’ Plays (cribs). These items were distributed to families enrolled in the Healthy Start program and members of Home State Health Care.
  • Through the efforts of staff, thousands of dollars’ worth of items were received from Toys for Tots and Target. These items were distributed to over 100 KCHSI families at a holiday celebration at the Greg Klyce Community Center.
  • Citing issues with lack of or no prenatal care, a brochure “Are you ready to have your baby?” was developed by the FIMR Community Action Team (CAT) and disseminated to families of child bearing age in targeted Kansas City communities.
  • Safe Kids staff testified on HB 707 requiring all licensed child care facilities that provide care for children less than one year of age to implement and maintain a written safe sleep policy in accordance with the most recent safe sleep recommendations of the Academy of Pediatrics.
  • MCHC staff helped organize and participated in Wear Blue Day April 8, 2016 for Child Abuse Prevention month.
  • Collated list of community activities for April, Child Abuse Prevention month; submitted to KC Star for in-kind publication.
  • Participated on the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality and the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative
  • Partnered with the MCHC Legislative Committee to hold an event with Missouri Representative Genise Montecillo, whose bill (HB 501) was signed into law and requires any public or charter school in the state that teaches sex-education or sexually transmitted diseases to also teach about sexual predators, including online predators.
  • Worked in tandem with the MCHC Legislative Committee to bring in Missouri lawmaker, Representative Stacey Newman, to discuss gun abuse prevention
  • MCHC completed the Breastfeeding KC project, with funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
  • In collaboration with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, and Sunflower Health Plan, the Metro KC Breastfeeding Collaborative held a continuing education meeting entitled, Breastfeeding 101.
  • With support from Priority Care Pediatrics, LLC, a pilot project was completed, regarding the collection of breastfeeding data for infants at 2, 4, and 6 months of age.
  • Safe Kids partnered with Children’s Mercy Kansas City, City of Kansas City Missouri, Safe Kids Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Clay County Public Health in hosting the annual Child Safety Initiative Conference – CSI – April 8, 2016.
  • The Annual Legislative Advocacy Meeting, Oct. 2016 featured Tim Decker, Director, Children’s Division, Missouri Department of Social Services who provided the keynote address.



  • Safe Sleep Task Force partnered with agency personnel to become safe sleep instructors who will educate their own clientele.
  • A process was set in place to track crib distribution, as well as a way to collate the data gathered from the crib recipients.
  • KC Healthy Start hosted a 2-day regional Healthy Start meeting in Kansas City. Collective Impact was the primary focus of the event.
  • A Survey Monkey link on the MCHC website allows women in need, or their agency, to complete the survey, notifying Safe Sleep Task Force of their need for a crib. The applicant is contacted and referred to a partner for education and a crib.
  • Monthly safe sleep classes were held at each of the two Babies R US stores in the city: Kansas City (north), MO and Overland Park, KS.
  • 125 cribs were provided in April 2017 to qualified participants, with grants from KDHE and Home State Health.
  • MAIC conducted 16 free flu clinics at several locations in metropolitan Kansas City area, on both sides of the state line, during the 2016-2017 flu season, and administered 1,071 doses of flu vaccine to people who may not have otherwise received the vaccine.
  • Discussions were held with the Chief, Bureau of Immunizations for the State of Missouri and the Deputy Director, Bureau of Disease Control for the State of Kansas to identify and discuss the needs of both states.
  • DuJuan Hord, Safe Kids program coordinator, completed a 32 hour national training course to become certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).
  • MCHC staff helped organize and participated in the 2nd Annual Safe Haven for Newborns Day, April 6, 2017 for Child Abuse Prevention month.
  • Requested and received Safe Haven Day proclamation from Mayor Sly James, Kansas City MO and 10 other mayors around greater KC metro area.
  • Increased the number of employers who have received the MCHC Employer Support for Nursing Mothers Award to 40. Received a grant from the Health Education and Active Living (HEAL) funding stream.
  • Received Women’s Foundation grant related to Breastfeeding KC, Phase 2
  • A survey for providers (regarding the method by which physicians are interacting with their patients in relation to breastfeeding and what data they are acquiring related to breastfeeding) was disseminated to both Kansas and Missouri Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • 82 new cribs and safe sleep education were provided to qualified Healthy Start families.
  • A new KCHSI window cling was created to increase awareness of the program.
  • “Implicit Bias Training” began for the FIMR Community Action Team.
  • FIMR distributed new cribs to families completing Safe Sleep training: 50 in Wyandotte County, KS and 20 in Jackson County, MO.
  • MAIC held 10 flu clinics and gave 550 doses of flu vaccine.
  • Hosted the 2017 MAIC Immunization Symposium, #Talkin’ Vaccines” on June 23.
  • Safe Kids Metro KC held 7 car seat events, and installed 406 car seats.
  • Held an International Walk to School Day activity with Bike Walk KC and Wyandotte County Health Department at Eugene Ware Elementary School.
  • Held two fire safety events, distributed 48 smoke alarms, 24 CO2 detectors.
  • Fitted 133 kids with new helmets at two bike safety events.
  • Participated in 5 Safe Sleep crib safety events, provided 59 families with cribs.
  • Metro KC Safe Haven for Newborns joined the newly formed National Safe Haven Alliance.
  • Discussions with partners in Wichita led to the development of a new Safe Haven coalition there; efforts on the Missouri side are underway, to encourage partners in Jefferson City and the St. Louis area.
  • 2017 Began partnership with KC Healthy Kids on the Healthy Kids Bright Futures project


  • KCHSI hired a new Outreach Worker to increase enrollment of pregnant women, which resulted in an increase of 29 more pregnant women served. Total served in 2017: 857.
  • Annual regional MAIC Immunization Symposium, “Vaccines: What You Need to Know” held Oct. 26
  • Began to use Constant Contact email service to send out newsletters and other email communication with the added ability to pull reports on the number reached, etc.
  • Produced 2018 From Birth to One: Infant Health in Greater Kansas City Report andMCHC convened the first Infant Mortality Forum.
    Established new $5,000 Champion level of organizational partner membership and Truman Medical Centers became the first organization to support MCHC at this level.
  • Awarded a Capacity & Sustainability grant from the Health Care Foundation.
  • Moved office to Location One Building, 1734 E. 63rd Street, KCMO 64110 in January.
  • Metro KC Youth Collaborative and the Pregnancy, Infant & Child Health Committee hosted program on “Youth & Mental Health: Living in an Anxious World.”
  • Convened Annual Legislative Meeting titled “Social Determinants of Health and Evolving Policy Perspective.”


  • Susan McLoughlin retired after 25 years as executive director, and Tracy Russell took lead of the Coalition.
  • The new MCHC FIMR program coordinator, Katherine Campbell, was appointed to the Missouri Maternal Mortality Panel.
  • The Healthy Start Shopping Mart was begun, to allow program participants to redeem points earned by accomplishing their goals for needed items such as cribs, strollers, baby gates and various personal items.
  • MCHC was awarded a $4.87 million grant for another five-year Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative program,  Level 2, to continue through 03/31/2024;
  • Requested and received first  April Safe Haven for Newborns Month proclamations from Governors of both Missouri and Kansas.