MFHS News

Announcing the 2019 WIC Public Meetings

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has scheduled 11 public meetings in conjunction with the development of the 2020 State Plan of Program Operations and Administration. The informal meetings are to record public comments and will not include a presentation of the WIC program; however, WIC resource materials will be available. The meetings will be held between 1 0 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 1, 2019, Home Nursing Agency, 206 West Plank Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
  • May I, 2019, Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc., 15 Public Square, Suite 600, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
  • May I, 2019, South Central Community Action Program, Inc., 533 South Main St., Chambersburg, PA 1720 I
  • May 2, 2019, Chester County Government Services Building, 601 Westtown Road, Room 250, West Chester, PA 19380
  • May 2, 2019, UNFHCC Erie County WIC Program, 1720 Holland St., Erie, PA 16507
  • May 7, 2019, Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc., 300 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi, PA 15022
  • May 21 , 2019, Bradford Area Public Library, 67 Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701
  • May 21,2019, NORTH, Inc. Philadelphia WIC Office, 1300 W. Lehigh Ave., Suite 104, Philadelphia, PA 19132
  • May 22, 2019, WIC of Beaver County, 140 Beaver Valley Mall, Rt. 18, Monaca, PA 15061
  • May 23, 2019, Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
  • May 30, 2019, Community Progress Council, Inc., 130 Market St., York, PA 17401

Individuals representing themselves or representing organizations and agencies are invited to present comments on any aspect of WIC Program operations. Anyone wishing to present comments during a meeting should call 717-783-1289 to register. Meetings are subject to cancellation without notice. People with disabilities who wish to attend the meetings may contact Amanda Killion 717-783-1289 to arrange for reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may submit written comments to the WIC State Agency by May 31, 2019. The email address is bmellott@pa.gov or the mailing address is:

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WJC) 625 Forster St., 7 West, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120

For additional information, call Bonnie Mellott at 717-783-1289. Thank you for your interest and support of the Pennsylvania WIC Program.

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: https://buff.ly/2tUXYXn

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.

Delayed Opening: Monday March 4th 2019

 

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 4, due to the anticipated inclement weather.

All appointments before 10 a.m. on Monday 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!

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.”