Major Goals for 2017:
Most Pressing Needs:
$28,000 to support coordination and program supplies for the Metro KC Safe Kids Coalition. Program supplies include Pack & Play cribs, fitted sheets, and infant sleep sacks for the Safe Sleep Education initiative; car seats and booster seats for the Child Passenger Safety initiative.
$10,000 to support coordination and public awareness materials for the Safe Haven for Newborns Education and Public Awareness initiative.
$17,500 to support production of 3,000 Community Resource Guides to disseminate in the greater Kansas City community to help women of child-bearing age and families to locate services which could help them in meeting their needs. The 205 page spiral bound 4x7 inch pocket-size booklet is organized alphabetically by county and by service. In addition to describing services available, fees, eligibility, hours of operation and availability of interpreters, the guide includes Help Hotline Numbers and Websites. The Coalition has been producing this guide for almost 20 years now and continually receives feedback from users that this “one of a kind” resource is so vital in helping individuals and families find the help they need.
$35,000 to support coordination of the Metro KC Breastfeeding Collaborative initiatives, including the education & public awareness campaigns, Business Case for Breastfeeding program, and the Baby Friendly Hospital support initiative.
Volunteer or in-kind grant writer.
The Board attributes much of the success of the Coalition and its programs to the leadership and competency of the organization’s staff. The Board and staff are clear on their roles and have an excellent working relationship. The Coalition has focused its energies in developing new community partners and enhancing current relationships with the business community and the population MCHC serves. The Coalition is recognized nationally as a model in the maternal and child health field. Individual members as well as organizational members are working to make the Coalition more visible throughout the metro area. MCHC continues to receive a one million dollar annual federally funded Healthy Start grant to provide prenatal education, case management, and depression screening to low-income families in the bi-state area. The Coalition continues to provide information and organize activities regarding child injury prevention and car seat safety through the Safe Kids Coalition. To address the problem of childhood obesity, the Coalition partners with Children’s Mercy Hospital and other community organizations through the Weighing In Collaborative. The Board has clarified the organization’s mission and vision to reaffirm the focus and future direction of MCHC. The administration remains focused on increasing organizational capacity to sustain and enhance existing programs in order to improve the lives and health of women and children. The MCHC Planning Committee and staff worked on developing logic models to help focus and guide the various programs and standing committees of the Coalition. The Board is confident in the ability of the staff and optimistic in the future of the organization. MCHC has many opportunities for growth and community impact. The main challenge faced by the Coalition is to diversify its revenue sources. The administration is developing a long-term financial and development plan. The board and the nominating committee seek ways to address the challenges related to engaging and sustaining a large board of directors.
Since the first Immunization Symposium in 1993, more than 3,700 regional health care professionals have received updates and best practices information from national and local leaders. Symposium evaluations equate this event as matching in value to those put on by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A signature initiative is "Bee Wise - Immunize" promoting immunizations available at all county health departments. Education/public awareness efforts have increased the number of local health care workers immunized against the flu by reminding them that it is their responsibility as a quality of care issue. MAIC has implemented five multi-year grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Due to MAIC’s efforts, the immunization rate in KC has increased by over 30%. A
“Fight The FLU” ad on Kansas City buses, and a “Vaccines Work” ad was in M (magazine for Kansas City moms) and The Independent event programs reached an
audience of 300,000.
Safe Kids Metro KC (SKMKC) is part of Safe Kids USA, a national network of organizations whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, the leading killer of children under 15. Each year more than 280,000 children ages 14 and under are injured as occupants in motor vehicles and nearly 1,800 are killed. SKMKC provided 87child car seat checks and installations -- including providing seats to parents who can't afford them. SKMKC provides educational activities and resources for bike and pedestrian safety as well as home safety. Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children less than a year old. SKMKC provided two Safe Sleep "Train the Trainer" Clinics to reduce unintentional suffocation deaths and injuries through education and the distribution of sleep sacks, cribs, and fitted sheets to families who need a safe sleep environment for their infants. Provided safety education and 225 properly fit bike helmets to parents and children. SKMKC aims to stimulate changes in attitudes and behavior and relies on injury prevention strategies that work in the real world. The program works closely with Clay, Platte, Jackson and Wyandotte County medical and health professionals, educators, parents, grandparents, businesses, public policy-makers and, most importantly, kids.
Safe Kids Metro KC has over 115 members representing 72 local injury prevention-related organizations. Since 2005, certified Child Passenger Safety technicians have checked installations and distributed over 5,000 child safety seats at 135 car seat checks. Over 6,000 parents/caregivers received education about the correct car seat installation. Halloween safety displays with walking and driving educational materials and safety equipment for patrons were provided to all Mid Continent, Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas public libraries in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Since 1995, over 22,000 attendees received injury prevention education at more than 100 Health & Safety and Back to School Fairs. In 2013, Safe Kids received grants from Safe Kids Worldwide for International Walk to School Day, and from Kansas Safe Kids for a Bucks to Buckles campaign. A FedEx grant provided infrastructure improvements to Johnson Elementary school in the Hickman Mills School District.
The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) was implemented by Mother & Child Health Coalition in 2003 to intensify the focus on reducing infant mortality in our community. FIMR works to improve the quality and scope of services for pregnant women and providing a voice for infants who deserve a healthy start. The FIMR program utilizes a community based, action oriented, systematic process to create a way for diverse community members to come together to examine a variety of factors associated with fetal and infant loss and implement community action plans. Activities have focused on getting pregnant women into early prenatal care; decreasing the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco; improving nutrition and decreasing obesity; promoting safe sleep for infants; and addressing asthma in pregnancy.
FIMR examines factors associated with fetal and infant mortality through case review. Medical records, autopsy reports and social work notes are abstracted and presented to the Case Review Team (CRT) in a way that protects family privacy. After the review, the CRT members identify health trends, health systems and community factors that may have contributed to the fetal or infant death. The CRT then makes recommendations for community change. The FIMR Community Action Team (CAT) is a part of the health Commission and consists of community leaders representing government, consumers, key institutions and health and human services organizations. The members of the CAT translate recommendations from the CRT into action steps. Both teams participate in implementing interventions designed to address the problem. The FIMR program attracts a diverse membership including consumers, professionals from public and private sectors and community organizations.
Goal: Reduce fetal deaths (20 weeks gestation and greater) to 4.1 per 1,000 and reduce infant deaths (birth to one year of age) to 4.5 per 1,000 live births.
FIMR plans locally appropriate policies and improves community resources and service delivery systems in order to reduce infant and fetal loss and to serve families after a loss.
The FIMR program objectives, set out by the National FIMR program, guide the CRT and CAT in their work. Data and needs drive the work of the Kansas City FIMR. Mother & Child Health Coalition works in concert with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) for access to death certificates. A quarterly report from FIMR is sent to MODHSS. The report includes: the number of cases reviewed, a list of risk factors for women in the area FIMR serves and future program goals.
Over 200 cases have been reviewed to date and the data analyzed biannually. The cost of a pregnancy test was identified as a barrier for timely entry into prenatal care. The CAT and the CRT have worked to provide free pregnancy tests to agencies caring for women in the FIMR ZIP codes as an effort to reduce one of the barriers. In 2015, the CAT developed and disseminated a Paper on Medicaid and Infant Mortality White Paper to help address systems issues impacting early access to prenatal care. As a result of the FIMR programs identification of obesity and poor nutrition in Kansas City mothers experiencing a loss, several new initiatives focused on promoting breastfeeding, exercise, and good nutrition in pregnant and new mothers began in 2011. MCHC is represented on the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality and on the Missouri Task Force on Infant Mortality and Prematurity. Information about the FIMR program was presented to the panel. FIMR was also asked to and testified in a Senate committee hearing in Topeka, thus providing information to senators for the passage of a law that would lay the groundwork for a FIMR program in Kansas. The law did pass and there is now a FIMR program in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
A Power Point presentation was completed and is available on the (www.mchc.net ) website; it is also used as part of in-person presentations. A PSA was recorded by KCPT and is available on YouTube. Approximately 25 presentations have been made to various committees and organizations.“No One Ever Has to Abandon a Newborn” campaign was on billboards and buses reaching 700,000. Permanent metal signs are up in most Safe Haven locations including hospitals and police stations in Missouri, and hospitals, fire stations and health departments in Kansas. All Kansas health departments now display signs. The Safe Haven table-top display was shown at several conferences. Posters are available in Somali, Arabic, English and Spanish and have been distributed widely by Safe Haven members and are on display at many locations including libraries, high schools, colleges, health departments and clinics. The flier is also displayed on the LCD display screens at Penn Valley College.
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