Friends Of MFHS

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.

AllOne Foundation Supports Healthy MOMS Program

Thank you to the AllOne Foundation for supporting the Healthy MOMS program. This grant will help MFHS and our partner organizations continue to support mothers in recovery in Lackawanna County. Learn more about the Healthy MOMS program here:

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.

Delayed Opening January 31, 2019

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, due to the predicted extreme cold conditions.

To reschedule appointments, please call your local MFHS office and we will be happy to help. Please exercise caution and allow for extra time while traveling. If there are any changes to MFHS office schedules, we will update this page. Stay safe everyone!

Recognizing Maternal Health Awareness Day at MFHS

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) held a news conference today featuring State Senator Lisa Baker, and Dr. Lynne Coslett-Charlton to announce that January 23rd is the first official Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Sen. Baker introduced the Senate resolution because of significantly rising maternal mortality rates in Pennsylvania and across the country. Representative Eddie Day Pashinski supported a similar resolution in the House, marking this day to recognize the women who die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.

The House has also recently formed the Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which is working to gather information and find solutions to address some of the most prevalent medical issues facing pregnant women. Dr. Lynn Coslett-Charlton, who chairs the Pennsylvania section of the American College of OB-GYN, was the lead in introducing the bill to develop the MMRC. MFHS President & CEO Bette Saxton was appointed to the committee last year.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Coslett-Charlton and Maternal and Family Health Services for hosting us today, and for your leadership in advancing what I believe is a very simple policy approach that Pennsylvania needed to adopt,” said Senator Baker. “The creation of the fourteen member committee that will help us look at prevention, education, training and opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.”

More women die from pregnancy complications in the United States than in any other developed country in the world. Despite advances in medicine and medical technologies, the United States saw a 26 percent increase in the death rate of expectant mothers from 2000-14. And according to a 2016 report from America’s Health Rankings, based on Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics System data, Pennsylvania ranks 21st in the nation in maternal death rates. Maternal Health Awareness Day is designed to highlight this problem and the work being done to improve maternal health across Pennsylvania.

“Maternal and Family Health Services is best known for its prevention and intervention services,” said MFHS President & CEO Bette Cox Saxton. “Last year we served over 5,200 low-income pregnant and postpartum women and over 12,000 infants. We know we have a vital role to play in helping mothers recognize key risk factors associated with maternal and infant mortality. I am honored to be on the newly formed Maternal Mortality Review Committee to begin the important work of reducing maternal deaths in Pennsylvania.”

“I can think of no better place to roll out the first Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania than Maternal and Family Health Services,” said Dr. Coslett-Charlton. “I want to especially thank Senator Baker for supporting ACOG’s goal of creating the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and for the resolution to introduce Maternal Health Awareness Day and for advancing women and children’s health.”

Today is #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is here! There are two opportunities for you to double your gift to MFHS today!

As a supporter of Maternal & Family Health Services, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to donate on our Facebook page. Just click on the blue “donate” button on the page, follow the prompts, and Facebook will process your gift.

Your donation will go twice as far thanks to a matching gift from Facebook and PayPal (up to $7 million matched across the US!). The match starts at 8 AM today, and will likely run out early. If you plan to give and can do it right at 8, we appreciate it!

If you want to spread the word further, you can also create a Facebook fundraiser! Your fundraiser will also be matched dollar for dollar today only. Creating a fundraiser is easy.

Here’s how to create a fundraiser:

  • Go to
  • Facebook will prompt you for some details like an end date and goal.
  • Customize a title and description for your fundraiser. Be sure to include #GivingTuesday in your description!
  • Select a cover photo shown (or create your own).
  • From there you can invite friends, share on your News Feed or send a message.

For inspiration, or to borrow some text or a cover photo, visit this sample fundraiser:


Your second matching gift opportunity comes from AllOne Charities!

AllOne Charities is hosting its first matching gift fundraiser for 31 non-profits across Northeast Pennsylvania for #GivingTuesday!

  • All donations made on the AllOne website for MFHS will be matched up to $1000.
  • Gifts are being matched for a week: November 21st – 28th.
  • Visit the AllOne match day page by Wednesday November 28th to have your gift qualify for the match.


Happy #GivingTuesday, and thank you for your continued support of MFHS!

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.

MFHS Welcomes 5 New Board Members

Maternal and Family Health Services recently welcomed five new members to their board of directors. New members, pictured below, include Mike Burns, Vice President of Information Technology at Benco Dental; Christine Jensen, Administrator at PA CareerLink Luzerne County; Jennifer Sordoni, Community Volunteer; Estella Killian, Community Volunteer; and Paige Gebhardt, Director at the Scranton School Board .

All are looking forward to bring their expertise to the agency’s board to further the MFHS mission of care in the community.

MFHS Presents Awards at 47th Annual Meeting

Maternal & Family Health Services held its 47th Annual Meeting on October 17th at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. At the event, five new members were appointed to the MFHS Board of Directors as the agency’s governing body reflected on the past year’s successes and challenges. In addition to this meeting, a luncheon and awards ceremony served to recognize and celebrate community members who are working tirelessly to help families in Northeast Pennsylvania. Several awards were given out at the event, including the Rose Allan Tucker Award. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies its namesake, a woman who was fearless in her dedication to improving women’s health in our community. By her tremendous courage and innovative spirit, the Rose Allan Tucker Award was presented to Kristen Topolski, whose efforts in developing critical resources for local women is reminiscent of this altruistic initiative.

Pictured are the 2018 award recipients: Maureen Maher-Grey of NEPA Youth Shelter, Kristen Topolski of Ruth’s Place/Volunteers of America Pennsylvania, MFHS President & CEO Bette Cox Saxton, and Karen Murphy, P.hD. of Geisinger’s Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation.