Nurse Family Partnership

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.

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!

 

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Enjoy Pizza with a Purpose to Benefit MFHS

unnamedAfter you’ve done your civic duty and voted on November 8th, celebrate the end (finally!) of election season with a delicious meal from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre! Grotto will be donating a portion of all orders on November 8th to our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. All you have to do is print a copy of this fundraising coupon and present it at time of payment.

  • Where: Grotto Pizza outside the Wyoming Valley Mall (570-822-6600)
  • When: November 8th, lunch and dinner
  • What: All dine-in or take-out orders (cannot be used for delivery)

Learn more about our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party and don’t forget to print a copy of your fundraising coupon for November 8th. This coupon can be shared and printed as often as needed – invite your friends and family for a fun night out that benefits the Nurse-Family Partnership!

 

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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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Dr. Lynn Coslett-Charlton

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!

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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