Breast Health

MFHS Wins Best Practices in Customer Service at the SAGE Awards

Thank you to the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce for recognizing MFHS with the 2021 SAGE award for Best Practices in Customer Service!

Congratulations to all of our staff – this award is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to our clients during the pandemic. MFHS President & CEO Maria Montoro Edwards and Vice President of Service Delivery Operations Shannon Hayward were thrilled to accept the award and to share our staff’s story with everyone in attendance. Here is just a small sample of the nomination:

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left so many struggling and isolated, MFHS programs remained open and continued to accept new families and meet essential needs, adapting service delivery methods for the health and safety of our staff and the families we serve. We are especially grateful to all the staff working daily to meet the need and connect families to resources to help them through these difficult times. MFHS staff have been flexible and resilient as they adopted new service delivery methods, learned how to deliver services via telehealth modalities, and continue to demonstrate creativity and compassion with this new way of delivering care. We are grateful for the continued dedication and commitment or our frontline heroes.”

In effort to strengthen our agency’s commitment to outstanding customer service and care, MFHS launched a series of client surveys as part of Listen4Good project in 2020. Listen4Good is a national effort designed to help nonprofits build sustainable, high-quality, client-focused feedback loops that lead to meaningful change. The Listen4Good project was a major highlight in the Best Practices in Customer Service nomination. When asked “What is WIC good at?” MFHS clients said things like:

“Helping me have a healthy pregnancy. Helping with feeding my baby. Helping with breastfeeding. Helping my family through a difficult time. Helping with children who have problems with eating.”

“Caring about me and my baby. Caring about my children’s health. Caring about how my child is growing. Caring for families in need.”

Comments like these continue to roll in as we survey clients from all of our programs.

Thank you again to all the staff at MFHS for your dedication to keeping our clients safe and always working to go above and beyond to get them what they need. This recognition was truly well-deserved.

Shenandoah Cancer Screening Event: April 15

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MFHS will be hosting a cancer screening event at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community on April 15! The event includes a free clinical breast exam and mammogram.

MFHS provides free, life-saving screenings for breast and cervical cancer for eligible women throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. Early Detection is key to surviving breast and cervical cancer. These preventative cancer screening services help detect breast and cervical cancer at its earliest stages, when treatment options are less costly and chances for survival are greatest. This free program is for women who:

-are age 40-64 (individuals under age 40 who meet eligibility or have high risk factors may also qualify)
-meet income guidelines
-have no or limited health insurance

Call today to set up an appointment at at 1-877-MAMMO-4-U. Transportation assistance may be available. Free gift to women who participate.

67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania

Please join us at The Marketplace at Steamtown to celebrate the opening of our traveling photo exhibit in Lackawanna County!

67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania is a traveling photo exhibit hosted by communities across PA. This educational work of art celebrates the life, courage, hope, and dignity of women and families who have battled breast cancer.

This touching tribute showcases at least one woman from each of the state’s 67 counties and serves as a unique reminder of the emotional and physical toll breast cancer takes on each woman and her family. The exhibit encourages women to learn about and practice early detection through yearly mammograms, monthly breast self-exams, and annual clinical exams.

The Lackawanna County exhibit opening will be held on the 1st floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00pm. The event will be hosted by the Delta Medix Breast Care Center. Attendees will hear from local breast cancer survivors, healthcare professionals, and legislators. Light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display at The Marketplace at Steamtown from Thursday, April 4th- Sunday, April 14th. (Located on the 2nd floor across from Crunch Fitness).

The Marketplace at Steamtown provides free parking for patrons up to 3 hours with a validated ticket. Ticket validation will be available prior to and during the event.

Community partners include the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Maternal and Family Health Services, Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate, and the American Cancer Society.

Save the Date: 2019 MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk!

On June 15th at PNC Field, MFHS will be participating in the 2nd Annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Joined by 11 other local nonprofits, we will be celebrating kids helping kids through our Healthy Heroes Walk. We encourage walkers to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and come ready to have fun!

This exciting event features not only a 5k walk, but also a 1 mile walk and a variety of fun family activities and prizes. There will be music, activities, mascots, snacks, and so much more! You can read more about what MFHS has planned here, and keep checking back as we are still adding details!

100% of funds raised for this event will go towards supporting families served by MFHS. Click here to register a team of your family and friends, and come out to walk for women and children in our community.

Two Opportunities to Match Your Gifts on #GivingTuesday 2018!

#GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018 – just two weeks away! MFHS is thrilled to announce that this year, there are even more ways for you to support us on #GivingTuesday, including two opportunities to have your gift matched! Here is the complete breakdown of everything that’s happening this year for #GivingTuesday!

  • AllOne Charities is hosting its first matching gift fundraiser for 31 non-profits across Northeast Pennsylvania for #GivingTuesday! All donations made on the AllOne site for MFHS will be matched up to $1000. Even better, AllOne is celebrating #GivingTuesday by matching gifts for an entire week! Any donations made from November 21st – 28th are all eligible to be matched! Visit the AllOne match day page starting on Wednesday the 21st to make your matching gift.
  • Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match gifts on #GivingTuesday. This year, they will match a total of 7 million dollars worth of donations! Each participating non-profit can get up to $250,000 matched, and each individual donor can give a gift up to $20,000 that will be matched. In 2017, matching dollars on Facebook ran out early, so we are asking anyone interested in donating on Facebook to make your gift early. The closer to 8 AM EST on November 27th, the better! You can donate directly on our Facebook page by clicking the blue donate button. You can also create a Facebook Fundraiser for MFHS by visiting our page here, and all gifts made in fundraisers are also eligible for matching dollars.
  • Download your MFHS UNselfie sheet and tell us why you give to MFHS! Last year, our donors, friends, family and staff all shared why they support MFHS and why they give, #FamilyToFamily. We shared the pictures across social media, and they were a huge hit! Help us do it again by snapping your picture and sending them to us on Facebook, or by posting them on Facebook with our hashtag.

Save the Date: MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk!

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On June 16th at PNC Field, MFHS will be participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Joined by 11 other local nonprofits, we will be celebrating kids helping kids through our Healthy Heroes Walk. We encourage walkers to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and come ready to have fun!

This exciting event features not only a 5k walk, but also a 1 mile walk and a variety of fun family activities and prizes. We will have face painting, balloon animals, mascots, snacks, and so much more! You can read more about what MFHS has planned here, and keep checking back as we are still adding details!

100% of funds raised for this event will go towards supporting families served by MFHS. Click here to register a team of your family and friends, and come out to walk for women and children in our community.

Join us for a happy hour FUNdraiser on August 23rd

Join MFHS and our friends at Rodano’s Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 for a happy hour with a purpose! All proceeds raised will benefit our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. Our NFP staff throws the party every year for our clients – families receive gifts for their children, dinner, and pictures with Santa, all thanks to generous donations from the NEPA community.

The happy hour features no cover, raffle baskets and guest bartenders. All tips and a portion of sales will be generously donated by Rodano’s! Please join us on August 23rd and help us spread the word!

 

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!