Family Planning

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!

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.

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.

Happy Mother’s Day from MFHS

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MFHS Awarded Moses Taylor Foundation Grant

logoThe Moses Taylor Foundation recently awarded a grant to MFHS to support our Health Information Technology Initiative, and specifically, the implementation of an electronic health record system. Adoption of an electronic health record will result in improved patient care, improved care coordination, practice efficiencies, cost savings, increased patient participation and improved diagnostics and patient outcomes.

Thank you to Moses Taylor for helping us improve patient care, care coordination, and so much more.

A full list of projects funded are available on the Mose Taylor Foundation website: http://www.mosestaylorfoundation.org/news/