Family Planning

UPDATED: Weather Alert March 7 & 8, 2018

Due to the inclement weather and Governor Wolf declaring a state of emergency, MFHS offices  will be closed Wednesday March 7th, and will not open until 9 am on Thursday March 8th, in order to give crews time to clean the roads. Our offices will be open Wednesday morning, but if there are changes as the storm arrives, we will post updates here.

If you have an appointment at any of our locations on the 7th or 8th and won’t be able to make it due to the weather, please call your local office, or our administration office at 570-826-1777, and we will be happy to help you reschedule your appointment.

Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded $115,000 Highmark Foundation Grant

Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO, with Jane Brooks, Highmark Foundation Program Officer.

Maternal and Family Health Services announces they are a recipient of a $115,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation. The grant funds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the MFHS Circle of Care office on Madison Avenue in Scranton.

MFHS provides services to over 100,000 individuals annually across Northeast Pennsylvania through a network of programs that includes: Reproductive Healthcare, the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition (WIC) program, the HealthyWoman Cancer Screening program, the Nurse-Family Partnership program, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus prenatal program. The Circle of Care office is a unique location that provides access to these programs in one convenient location.

“The addition of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker will help us better serve an increasing number of high-risk clients with additional screenings and counseling,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO. “They will help coordinate client care across programs and physicians, as well as provide referrals and resources to help our clients have healthy babies and lead healthy lives.”

“The Highmark Foundation has a long history of providing public health grants that focus on improving health, preventing disease and promoting wellness among families,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “Through this grant, we can help Maternal and Family Health Services expand critical services to high-risk women, teens and babies for improved health outcomes.”

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.

Teen Center Opens in Scranton

At the end of last year a new teen center opened in downtown Scranton. The NEPA Youth Shelter’s Teen Drop-In Center is located on the second floor of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Human Services Building. While the center has only been open for a few months, it has already been visited by dozens of teens.

The center serves as a safe place for high school students to go after school, providing them with a positive environment in which they can do homework, socialize, and rest.

The Drop-In Center also houses part of the SafeTeens initiative called SafeSpace teen health resource center. On Wednesday afternoons a health educator is at the center to provide reliable information and answer questions the teens may have regarding their health.

Click here to learn more about this great resource for teens in Scranton.

UPDATED: Weather Delay – January 17, 2018

UPDATE: The Hazleton WIC center is closed for Wednesday, January 17th.

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to the predicted snow fall. Staff at your local offices will work with you to reschedule any appointments that need to be changed. Please stay safe and warm!

Public Notice for Bradford & Tioga Counties

Maternal & Family Health Service is seeking additional healthcare providers to provide comprehensive Family Planning and other related preventative health services as a sub-recipient of funding through Title X of the Public Health Services Act.  Interested providers should have the capacity to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, with an emphasis on services to lower income women, men and teens.  These comprehensive services include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical examinations
  • Provide contraception counseling and education
  • Manage FDA approved methods of contraception through the 340B Program
  • Screening for STDs
  • Cancer screening
  • Treatment and/or referral for health problems and other related services

Letters of interest should be mailed to:

Maternal & Family Health Services
Attention:  John Kearney
15 Public Square, Suite 600
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701

Or emailed to:  info@mfhs.org

Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded AllOne Foundation Grant

The AllOne Foundation presents a technology grant to Maternal & Family Health Services. Pictured: Jean Simonton, AllOne Foundation Executive Assistant; John Cosgrove, AllOne Foundation Executive Director, Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO; and John Kearney, MFHS Vice President of Program Services & Business Initiatives.

Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) announces they are a recipient of a grant from the AllOne Foundation. The grant funds technology upgrades and support for the agency’s launch of electronic medical records.

MFHS provides services to over 100,000 individuals annually across Northeast Pennsylvania through a network of programs that includes: Reproductive Healthcare, the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition (WIC) program, the HealthyWoman Cancer Screening program, the Nurse-Family Partnership program, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus prenatal program. This project will directly improve the care and service of the women, men and teens who depend on MFHS for reproductive health care and the women and infants serviced through their prenatal care programs.

“As today’s evolving medical environment depends more on electronic-based data for practice and care decisions, the use of Electronic Health Records is critical in improving timeliness, accuracy of patient information, and coordination of care,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO.

The ability of a provider to have one-click access to a patient record increases the ability to coordinate care among providers, make timely decisions related to patient diagnosis and treatment, keep the patient readily informed, provide a positive experience, and improve health outcomes.

“MFHS thanks the AllOne Foundation for supporting the launch of our electronic health record system,” says Saxton, “This grant will help us improve our patients care and their experience when they visit MFHS offices.”

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!

 

House Funding Bill Eliminates Bedrock Public Health Program

From the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association: House funding bill eliminates bedrock public health program.

Two of the Members of Congress that represent the MFHS service area are on the House Appropriations Committee and could speak out against this harmful provision. We are asking MFHS supporters to contact Rep. Dent (202-225-6411) https://dent.house.gov/15thdistrict or Rep. Cartwright (202-225-5546) https://cartwright.house.gov/about/our-district. You can call the representative’s office and let the staffer know that they need to oppose all cuts to Title X and want their representative to advocate for the program during the committee’s debate on the bill.

Here is a sample script:
“My name is [NAME] and I live in/or work in [CITY]. I am a strong supporter of the Maternal and Family Health Services Title X family planning program and want the representative to ensure that funding for the program is put back in the appropriations bill when it comes to the full committee for consideration. Thank you for your help.”

Please share with your network and encourage them to contact Rep. Dent (202-225-6411) or Rep. Cartwright (202-225-5546) if they are constituents.

Your voice matters now more than ever. Thank you.

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!