#GivingTuesday: Up to $1k in Matching Funds

2016-gt-logo-wdate1MFHS has some exciting news! In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute up to $1 million to Facebook fundraisers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $500,000 in matching funds, up to $1,000 per Facebook fundraiser, and Facebook will waive up to $500,000 of fees on all donations.

How can you help?

As a supporter of Maternal & Family Health Services, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work by creating a Facebook fundraiser. Your fundraiser could help fund up to $1,000 toward our cause. Creating a fundraiser is easy.

Don’t have time to make your own fundraiser? You can donate to MFHS through this fundraiser tomorrow and we will still benefit from the match gift: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10100741562195815/

Here’s how to create a fundraiser:

• Go to https://www.facebook.com/MFHS.org/fundraisers/
• Click “Create Fundraiser”
• Select from one of three cover photos (or create your own)
• Add a title, tell your story, add an end date and a goal
• Be sure to include #GivingTuesday in your description, then click Create
• From there you can invite friends, share on your News Feed or send a message
• For inspiration, check out current fundraisers on our page at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10100741562195815/

How we’re supporting #GivingTuesday

MFHS will be sharing our participants stories across social media all day long. Learn how MFHS is changing lives like Daisy’s through our videos and stories. Thank you for your support of Maternal & Family Health Services. We are really excited about #GivingTuesday, and hope you will participate in all our year-end activities!

Enjoy Pizza with a Purpose to Benefit MFHS

unnamedAfter you’ve done your civic duty and voted on November 8th, celebrate the end (finally!) of election season with a delicious meal from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre! Grotto will be donating a portion of all orders on November 8th to our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. All you have to do is print a copy of this fundraising coupon and present it at time of payment.

  • Where: Grotto Pizza outside the Wyoming Valley Mall (570-822-6600)
  • When: November 8th, lunch and dinner
  • What: All dine-in or take-out orders (cannot be used for delivery)

Learn more about our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party and don’t forget to print a copy of your fundraising coupon for November 8th. This coupon can be shared and printed as often as needed – invite your friends and family for a fun night out that benefits the Nurse-Family Partnership!

 

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Dr. Rachel Levine Discusses Health Care Goals at MFHS Annual Meeting

img_5764MFHS would like to thank everyone who attended our 45th Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon yesterday. The day was a success thanks to your ongoing generosity and support. Special thanks goes out to Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine for traveling from Harrisburg to attend the meeting and accept the Outstanding Public Service Award.

WBRE’s Mark Hiller spoke with Dr. Levine after the Annual Meeting about her work as Physician General. She is deeply involved in fixing the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, as well as working in support of the LGBTQ community. The clip is available now on PA Homepage.

 

2016 Outstanding Community Service Award: Donna Gatcha-Hines

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The 2016 Outstanding Community Service Award is being given to Donna Gatcha-Hines, for her long standing commitment to volunteerism and su

Donna Hines is the founder of The Lost Self: Life After Narcissism. After graduating with her MPA (Public Administration/Criminal Justice) she married a malignant narcissist for 11 yrs. Donna graduated with high honors and is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and Sigma Delta Kappa. She divorced in 2013 which resulted in homelessness, bankruptcy, and long term unemployment. She’s currently living below the level of poverty with her 3 children (1 of which is medically disabled) while seeking employment. She was left without income, assets, savings, or credit and struggles daily to survive.

Her story of food insecurities and poverty was only one of 20 nationwide to be selected to be shared with Congress by Rosa DeLauro (D-CT):

 

“My son was born with a medical disability that caused stomach reflux. In order to eat, he needed a specific formula, which was extremely expensive. Thankfully, WIC was there to help out. SNAP and the National School Lunch Program were and are beneficial for our survival. My kids depend on nutrition and proper food, and without these programs, we wouldn’t be able to survive. The National School Lunch Program helps my kids tremendously because I simply can’t afford to feed them three meals a day.

 

During these times, nutrition assistance programs have been my life support. Because my children are able to have nutritious and healthy foods, they are happy and excelling in school. My son, who was supposed to have mental and speech delays, has overcome so many obstacles and continues to do well in school. His success and my other children’s successes are testaments to the impact and benefits of these nutrition assistance programs. I hope that Congress can see this importance and will continue to put more funding into these programs because they truly are a means of survival for us.”

 

Her self help page, The Lost Self: Life After Narcissism serves 45 countries worldwide in 45 different languages with nearly 24k members worldwide. This website was created to help people reclaim & rebuild their lives as they move forward from a narcissistic relationship.

In addition to raising her family alone she volunteers her time. She continues working unpaid with 12 nonprofits. Donna has achieved many national awards for public service. She is a national award winning freelance writer, national award winning volunteer, and worldwide advocate for domestic violence. She hopes to write a book and share her story in helping others heal to know they are not alone nor to blame once her children are grown. Congratulations Donna and thank you for all the work you do to improve our community through your website and your volunteering!

2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award: Dr. Lynn Coslett-Charlton and Dr. Sandra Mattison

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The 2016 MFHS Outstanding Community Partner award is going to two physicians who have demonstrated a deep, ongoing commitment to improving women’s health in Northeast PA: Dr. Lynn Coslett-Charlton and Dr. Sandra Mattison. Both doctors have supported our mission of care through their work at OBG-GYN Associates and through their volunteer work at Volunteers in Medicine.

As providers in the MFHS HealthyWoman network, and as volunteer doctors at VIM, both doctors ensure women without insurance are able to receive life saving gynecological care and mammograms. These services are often unattainable for the uninsured population without the dedication of doctors like Dr. Coslett-Charlton and Dr. Mattison.

Outside of her work with MFHS and VIM, Dr. Coslett-Charlton has also served in several leadership roles in advocacy for the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (ACOG). She was recently named Chair of the PA Section of ACOG, has served as PAACOG legislative Chair for the past several years, has been selected for the national ACOG Government Affairs Committee and is on the board of OBGYN PAC. She has also served as the OBGYN member on the PAMED Specialty Leadership Conference and currently serves on PAMEDs Legislative Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Sandra Mattison has been a valuable partner in women’s health, both in and out of the office. She speaks fluent Spanish, which is invaluable in helping our Spanish language population understand and take charge of their reproductive health. Dr. Mattison is also an active volunteer in her church and community, and most recently helped organize a community fair in Kirby park, that featured vendors with health information for women, children and families.

Congratulations to both Dr. Coslett-Charlton and Dr. Mattison and thank you for your continued commitment to the health of women and families in Northeast Pennsylvania!

Darlene Duggins-Magdalinski: 2016 Rose Allan Tucker Award

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MFHS is happy to announce that the 2016 Rose Allan Tucker Award recipient is Darlene Duggins-Magdalinski of Trucksville. Darlene is an inspiring, motivated worker who believes in empowering people to do their best for themselves and their community. Her strong belief in providing a safe communities for families and children is seen in her work with drug awareness and violence reduction campaigns, as well as her support of events and organizations that promote women & children’s safety.

In 2005, Darlene founded the organization “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” which raises awareness on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and gun violence. The organization brings guest speakers to the community and hosts a free drug-free block party every year on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Darlene also supports annual Drug-Free Cleanups and Drug-Free Dances in the community. She is a regular speaker on drug awareness throughout Northeast Pennsylvania with organizations such as The Magnolia Project, Red Rocks Job Corps, and women’s empowerment seminars.

Darlene has also served on the board of Building Bridges NEPA. She has coordinated peace rallies and was honored with the Audrey Spence Commitment to Civic and Community Service Award by the NAACP. She worked with the Wilkes-Barre YMCA as a Program Coordinator for their Food-N-Fun at the Park summer program, a partnership between Wilkes-Barre City and the Commission on Economic Opportunity. She has volunteered her time with a variety of organizations, including Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter, the Salvation Army, the McCauley House, the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, and many more.

She is currently studying at Misercordia University, where she will graduate with a bachelor’s degree of science in Human Services with a minor in Psychology and a certification in Drug Addiction Counseling in December 2016. Thank you Darlene for all of your hard work and dedication on improving the lives of women, children and families in Northeast Pennsylvania and congratulations on being chosen for the 2016 Rose Allan Tucker Award!

Dr. Rachel Levine: 2016 Outstanding Public Service Award

pgofficialDr. Rachel Levine is currently the Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. The Outstanding Public Service Award is being presented to Dr. Levine for her work as an advocate for the health of teens and children throughout Pennsylvania, as well as for the LGBT community. Dr. Levine will be presented the award at the MFHS 45th Annual Meeting & Community Luncheon on October 19th.

Dr. Levine’s previous posts included: Vice -Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Her accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She is the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine.  In that role, she has established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and is the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

She graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. Dr. Levine completed training in Pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1987 and then did a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai from 1987-88.

Congratulations Dr. Levine and thank you for your continued commitment to improving the health of all Pennsylvanians! Registration for the MFHS 45th Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon is open until October 7th.

Congratulations to MFHS Board Member Carol Douds

doudsCongratulations to MFHS Board Vice-Chair Carol Douds on receiving the Albert N. Danoff Trustees Humanitarian Award from the Family Service Association of Northeastern PA! Carol was chosen for her dedication and leadership to families in our community.

She joined the Family Service Association Board in September 2010 and has served on the Friends, Gala Auction and Personnel committees. In addition to the Family Service Association Board, Douds also serves on other boards including the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber and the Appleseed Foundation. She is the vice-chairwoman of Maternal and Family Health Services and the Step by Step board. She is past president of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary board and the American Red Cross board.

Thank you Carol for all you do for the people of Northeast Pennsylvania!

Back to School Wraps on PA Live!

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MFHS was back on PA Live last week making easy, tasty wraps for back to school lunches. Watch the video and then get our recipes below.

Easy Corn and Black Bean Wraps

Ingredients

1 bag (24 oz) frozen corn & butter sauce
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1/4 cup chopped green onions (4 medium)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
10 flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch)
10 tablespoons sour cream
10 tablespoons salsa
10 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

1 Cook frozen corn as directed on bag; cool.
2 In large bowl, mix corn, beans, chiles, green onions and lime juice. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3 To serve, spoon about 1/2 cup corn mixture on each tortilla; top with 1 tablespoon each of sour cream, salsa and cheese. Fold up bottom; fold sides in to enclose filling.

Veggie Ranch Wraps

Ingredients:

10 flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream cheese
¼ cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. Ranch dressing
1 tbsp. Freeze-dried chives
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Garlic powder
¼ cup Red onion (chopped) – skip if you’re sensitive to onions
¼ cup Green onion (chopped)  – skip if you’re sensitive to onions
2 tbsp. Cucumber (chopped)
½ cup Cauliflower (chopped)
½ cup Broccoli (chopped)
½ cup Baby carrots (chopped)
2 tbsp. Black olives (chopped)

Directions:

1. Using mixer, combine cream cheese, chives, Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, onion powder, and garlic powder.
2. Add a layer of cream cheese spread to tortillas.
3. Sprinkle red onion, green onion, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and black olives.
4. Fold up bottom of tortilla; fold sides in to enclose filling.
5. Serve right away or refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve cold.

MFHS seeking nominations for 2016 Rose Allan Tucker Award

tuckerMaternal and Family Health Services is seeking nominations for the Rose Allan Tucker Award, which will be presented at the agency’s 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on October 19th at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

The late Rose Tucker was a former Luzerne County Commissioner and long-time employee of MFHS.  She dedicated her life to public service as a community leader, political activist, health advocate, and champion for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  She opened doors for women to take leadership roles in the community and extended herself to help those in need.

Since 1996, MFHS has celebrated her legacy by presenting the Rose Tucker Award to a person who demonstrates a deep commitment to improving the quality of life for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  With her passing in 2009, the Rose Tucker Award has taken on even greater significance as it helps keep her legacy alive and serves as a reminder of Rose Tucker’s great contributions to the community.

Nominees for the award should demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a significant positive impact on the health and welfare of women, children and families.

Nomination forms are available on our website  or by calling 1-800-367-6347.  Deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2016.