MFHS Announces 46th Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon

Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces that its 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Community Awards Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 12 noon at The Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. The agency will be presenting several awards, including the Rose Allan Tucker Award to Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esquire.

Maternal & Family Health Services began its journey of service in April 1971, with a vision to improve the quality of family life, promote responsible parenthood and coordinate effective service delivery in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Today, MFHS has grown to a regional organization serving over 100,000 individuals in 16 Pennsylvania counties.

Among the awards being given at the Annual Meeting, is the prestigious Rose Allan Tucker Award. This year, the recipient is Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esquire. Attorney Ogurkis is a dedicated member of the community in Northeastern Pennsylvania who works tirelessly for children and families at Brandon’s Forever Home. As the organization’s Executive Director, she counsels prospective mothers (and other women and mothers) and provides assistance and resources to families with children in the foster care system.

Several other awards will be presented during the MFHS 46th Annual Community Awards Luncheon:

  • Nexstar Broadcasting WBRE/WYOU: The Media Partner Award
  • Frank R. Kolucki, MD FACOG: The Community Service Award
  • Sarah Arledge: The MFHS Champion Award
  • Chloe Acker: The Kathy A. Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

The public can download the Annual Meeting invitation via the MFHS website. The luncheon reception is $25. RSVP by Friday, October 9, 2017. Program advertising opportunities are also available.

Win Tickets to see the Ravens Take on the Bears!

Are there any Ravens or Bears fans in the house? Yes?? Good, because today is your lucky day! MFHS is raffling 2 club seat tickets to see the Ravens face the Bears in Baltimore on October 15 at 1pm!

Chances are $10 each and include:

  • 2 club tickets – Section 229, Row 9, Seats 11 & 12
  • VIP parking pass – lot A

The total prize is valued at over $500! The winner will be chosen Wednesday, October 4th at noon. The winner will be announced on the MFHS website and on the MFHS Facebook page. Please share the word far and wide and get your entry in today!

Thank you to Gmerek Government Relations for donating this amazing prize! All proceeds will benefit the Nurse-Family Partnership client holiday party!

Click here to buy your raffles now.

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.”

United Way of Wyoming Valley Names MFHS 2017 Outstanding Partner

Sarah Arledge with baby Al, MFHS President & CEO Bette Cox Saxton, and United Way President & CEO Bill Jones.

Last week, the United Way of Wyoming Valley honored Maternal & Family Health Services at their campaign kickoff by naming us their first-ever Outstanding Partner. The board and staff of MFHS are thrilled to be recognized by the United Way, and thank them for the award.

MFHS was nominated by Sarah Arledge of Hanover Township, whose family has participated in several MFHS programs. Sarah told the audience how the Maternal Family Health Services’ Nurse-Family Partnership Program impacted the lives of her and her husband, Alexander, after they became pregnant.

Through the program, a nurse guide visits the home and guides low-income parents through pregnancy and after birth until the child reaches ages 2. After her speech, Arledge hugged her nurse Lynne, who, Arledge said, was now “family.” On top of receiving the award, Bill Jones and the United Way presented MFHS with an additional $5,000 to help more families.

Thank you to the Arledge family and the United Way for this honor!


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!


MFHS Seeking Nominations for 2017 Rose Allan Tucker Award

Maternal and Family Health Services is seeking nominations for the Rose Allan Tucker Award, which will be presented at the agency’s 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on October 18th 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 the agency’s website:  or by calling 1-800-367-6347.  Deadline for submissions is August 23rd, 2017. The deadline is extended until Monday, August 28th!

WIC Nutrition Program Expands Income Guidelines

Maternal and Family Health Services announced that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.

According to the new income guidelines for WIC, beginning on July 1, 2017, a family of four could earn $45,510 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $37,777 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $30,044 and qualify for nutrition assistance.

The WIC Nutrition Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutrition education and access to healthy foods for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under 5.  To qualify, participants must meet the income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need, and live in Pennsylvania.

WIC provides participants with supplemental healthy foods which contain vital nutrients essential for healthy development during critical growth periods, such as pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.

WIC is the nation’s premier public health and nutrition education program with an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors.  In addition to vouchers for nutritious foods, WIC participants receive nutrition education, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screening, farmers’ market vouchers and referrals for other health and social services.

You can find information for your local WIC office on our WIC Location Finder.

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) or Rep. Cartwright (202-225-5546) 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.

MFHS Outreach at Monday Farmer’s Market

MFHS is partnering with the City of Wilkes-Barre to conduct outreach at the new Monday Farmer’s Markets.  The Monday Farmer’s Markets on Public Square are part of healthy community initiative to expand access to fresh produce and connect families in need with available health and nutrition services.

Each Monday, MFHS will have an outreach table on Public Square during the market to provide information about all the programs available through MFHS, offer assistance to WIC participants utilizing their farmer’s market vouchers, and sign up new applicants for programs.  In addition, our Nutrition Education Coordinator and graduate dietetic intern will present cooking demonstrations using fresh, local produce.  Through a partnership with the Luzerne County Transportation Authority, this initiative includes an opportunity for WIC participants to get transportation between the local WIC Centers and Public Square on Mondays so they can visit the farmer’s market.  The Monday Farmer’s Markets will continue every week until October.

MFHS Golf Tournament to be Held June 15th

Maternal & Family Health Services’ 24th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, June 15th at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. This annual golf tournament is an opportunity for golfers throughout Northeast Pennsylvania to enjoy a fun day while making a difference in the lives of women, children and families in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The MFHS Golf Tournament, open to all interested golfers, is a four person captain and crew format. The fee is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome, which includes the cart, green fees, lunch, barbecue dinner and refreshments. The golf tournament will be held rain or shine, and both men and women are invited. The top male and female flight will each win one of the grand prizes. In addition, the tournament will also feature a silent auction and various raffles during the day.

Sun Buick GMC, Moosic, is sponsoring the hole-in-one contest at this year’s tournament. The hole-in-one prize is a 2017 GMC Acadia and will go to the lucky golfer at the MFHS Tournament who gets a hole-in-one on the contest hole.

Individual golfers and sponsors provide monies that help strengthen MFHS and its health and nutrition programs that have served thousands of individuals in Northeast Pennsylvania for more than 40 years.  Maternal & Family Health Services focuses its efforts on improving the overall health and wellness of women, children and families in our communities.

To register or offer a sponsorship, visit the MFHS website A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting MFHS in its mission.