MFHS News

Delayed Opening: February 12, 2019

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb 12, due to the anticipated inclement weather.

All appointments before 10 a.m. tomorrow will be rescheduled. If you have questions, 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!

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!

Delayed Opening January 30, 2019

All MFHS locations will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 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.”

WIC is Open for Business

As the federal government shutdown continues, MFHS wants to remind everyone that the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program is not directly impacted by the shutdown at this time. State and local WIC agencies have enough reserve funding to remain open for business.

MFHS WIC centers will maintain normal schedules during the shutdown, and WIC transactions at grocery stores will be processed normally. You can find your local center’s hours on our website. If there are any changes to scheduling, we will share them on our website and social media.

Best Wishes Robbie!

This week we celebrate Robbie McHale, RN, PhD, Nurse Family Partnership Supervisor, and part of the MFHS family for over 17 years!

We’d like to take a moment and say, “Thank you,” Robbie for your commitment to our community that will continue to benefit our clients and your team long after your retirement this month.

In preparation for Robbie’s upcoming retirement, we’ve asked her to share a little about her experience at MFHS and her plans for the future:

  • Tell us a little about what made your work fulfilling?   

 Working with the Nurse-Family Partnership was a dream come true for me.  While teaching Community Health Nursing at the University of Scranton, I had been following Dr. David Olds’ research in the journals.  I was absolutely fascinated by this program and its outcomes.  I was fortunate to be invited by Bette Saxton to apply at Maternal & Family Health Services for the NFP Supervisor position and am grateful to MFHS for this wonderful opportunity.  The rest is history.

  • What will you miss most about MFHS?  

I will miss my NFP teammates.  We have lived through NFP adventures that we could never have imagined at the start of all this.  We held each other up when we were down and we have always found something to make us laugh. 

  • What are you most looking forward to in your retirement?  

Teaching some nursing courses for Wilkes University, traveling with my husband, watching Penn State Football and just doing whatever I want, whenever I want!

Robbie has made a lasting impact on her clients and the team here at MFHS as well.

Robbie was the first hire for the NFP program at MFHS. She embraced the opportunity from day one and was vital in growing NFP from a one county service into three in a short time. Throughout her career at MFHS she has accomplished a lot and it is important to recognize Robbie for truly making a difference in the lives of countless women and children in the NFP program. We wish her the very best in her retirement! — Bette Saxton, President & CEO

Robbie has been a great source of encouragement and resources that have helped me immensely.

It has been a great pleasure to know and work with Robbie, she will be missed.  –Ann Marie

17 years of changing lives through empowering women!  You are an inspiration, a leader, a mentor and a friend.  A new door in your life is opening for you, but please always remember the NFP nurses got your back!!!  You will be so missed. –Ann

From all of us here at MFHS, you have truly made a difference in countless lives at your time here and we wish you all the best in this exciting new chapter.

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 https://fb.com/fund/MFHS.org/
  • 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: https://www.facebook.com/donate/267976103910034/

 

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!

Delayed Opening Tomorrow – November 16

All MFHS locations will operate on a 1 hour delay on Friday, November 16, due to the predicted inclement weather. Staff will work with participants to reschedule any appointments. Please continue to monitor this website and our social media for any additional changes.

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.