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 MFHS.org. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting MFHS in its mission.

2017 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Available for WIC Participants

Maternal and Family Health Services announced that the agency’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Centers are distributing farmers’ market vouchers to WIC participants. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) helps families with nutritional needs buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania farmers to help ensure good health for mothers and children and support community farmers’ markets.

FMNP provides qualifying WIC participants with $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets between June 1 and November 30.  Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children between the ages of 1 and 5 years old are eligible.

WIC Nutrition staff distributes the vouchers to WIC participants along with nutrition education emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and a list of participating farmers’ markets in the area.

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  Across the Commonwealth, over 1000 farmers benefit from the program.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Op-Ed: Celebrating Women’s Health Week

This month, we celebrated the 18th annual observance of National Women’s Health Week, led by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health, which kicked off on Mother’s Day (belated wishes to all Moms!) and was celebrated through May 20th.

During this week, and all year long, all women are encouraged to make their health a priority by taking steps for better health at every age. The Office on Women’s Health encourages women to:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for well woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

As a non-profit health and human service organization, Maternal & Family Health Services works diligently to improve the health of women and children in our communities by offering programs that prevent disease and promote wellness. Since 1971, MFHS has administered the delivery of essential and preventive services meeting the ever-changing needs of underserved women, children and families through information, education and quality care. We oversee a network of health and nutrition centers that annually serve well over 100,000 individuals in need through the following core programs: WIC (Women, Infant and Children) Nutrition Program; Cancer Screenings; Nurse-Family Partnership; Reproductive Health and Maternity Care.

Clearly, our organization is unwavering in its long-term commitment to women’s health and stands squarely behind the previously noted recommendations and the designation of this important week of awareness.

We do, however, share the concerns of such other non-profit organizations as ours which face funding challenges and shortfalls in light of some of the recent developments taking place at the state and federal levels.

Now, more than ever, we urge women to not only make health a priority, but to reach out to your local legislators to express your concerns over possible funding cuts that will adversely impact women—particularly those who are uninsured and underinsured and will likely be unable to receive important preventive care and screenings. Adequate options for accessing reproductive health care lead to better health for patients, their families, and our entire community.

Please visit our Advocacy page to easily find your state and federal elected officials and contact them to express your concern over potential funding shortfalls and possible program eliminations. You can make a real difference for women’s health by doing so.

Bette Cox Saxton
President & CEO, Maternal & Family Health Services
Wilkes-Barre

Happy Hour Fundraiser on May 3rd

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Join MFHS with our friends from Pepperjam, Nexstar Broadcasting and Rodano’s for a happy hour with a purpose on May 3rd!

Rodano’s will be donating all tips and a portion of sales to MFHS as part of NEPA Match Day, an initiative of the Scranton Area Foundation. The evening will feature bartenders from Pepperjam and Dave Kuharchik from WBRE/WYOU.

All donations will be DOUBLED by the Scranton Area Foundation during this event for NEPA Match Day. But what is #NEPAMatchDay? The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled a fantastic group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County that have volunteered to be part of the 2017 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be one of these 25 non-profits in 2017.

Every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

You can donate to MFHS during this happy hour, and can also visit the Scranton Area Foundation’s website to find out how to donate to any member of the collective for Match Day.

Here is the full list of non-profits participating in this year’s Match Day:
Abington Community Library
AFA Gallery
Alzheimer’s Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Lackawanna Historical Society
Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
Marley’s Mission
Maternal & Family Health Services
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Scranton Cultural Center
Scranton Fringe Festival
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Greenhouse Project
United Neighborhood Centers
Valley Community Library
West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
Women’s Resource Center

2017 WIC PUBLIC MEETINGS

2017 WIC PUBLIC MEETINGS
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Your comments/suggestions for the WIC program are important to us! Please attend a meeting or submit written comments to the WIC State Agency at bmellott@pa.gov.

  • May 2, 2017, North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission, 49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway, PA
  • May 3, 2017, Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc., 15 Public Square, Suite 600, Wilkes‐Barre, PA
  • May 4, 2017, Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, 516 Main St., 5th Floor, Johnstown, PA
  • May 4, 2017, Community Health Services, Inc., 747 Terrace St., Meadville, PA
  • May 9, 2017, Adagio Health, 323 Sunset Drive, Butler, PA
  • May 9, 2017, South Central Community Action Program, 153 N. Stratton St. Gettysburg, PA
  • May 10, 2017, Bucks County Health Department, Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA
  • May 15, 1917, Community Action Southwest, 150 West Beau St., Suite 408, Washington, PA
  • May 17, 2017, NORTH, Inc. Philadelphia WIC Office, 1300 W. Lehigh Avenue, Suite 104, Philadelphia, PA
  • May 19, 2017, Community Progress Council, 130 W. Market St., York, PA
  • May 23, 2017, Selinsgrove WIC Office, 713 Bridge St., Suite 7, Selinsgrove, PA

In accordance with 7 C.F.R. §246.4(b), the Department of Health has scheduled eleven public meetings for the purpose of obtaining comments and recommendations for the development of the 2018 State Plan of Program Operation and Administration for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Pennsylvania.

The Department invites comments on all aspects of the Program’s Operations.

Persons wishing to give comments at this meeting are requested to pre‐register by calling 717‐783‐1289. Anyone unable to attend a meeting but wishing to express their views, may submit an email with written comments by May 31, 2017, to bmellott@pa.gov or mail comments to the Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 625 Forster St., 7 West, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

The meetings will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are subject to cancellation without notice. There will not be a WIC presentation at the meetings but WIC resource materials will be available.

If you require reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, please contact Amanda Killion at 717‐783‐1289 for assistance.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Save the Date: NEPA Match Day

For the 3rd year in a row, the first Friday in May will be NEPA Match Day! The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled a fantastic group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County that have volunteered to be part of the 2017 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be one of these 25 non-profits in 2017.

In the months leading up to May 5, 2017, the collective will work together to spread the word about the critical work being done in our region by these nonprofits. Then, on May 5th, for every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

By working together for 24 hours, we have the ability to strengthen our community and the nonprofits that strive to make our community a better place to live by over $50,000! For the past two years, NEPA Match Day exceeded the $50,000 goal by more than $30,000 but the success of NEPA Match Day depends entirely on the gifts you make to the NEPA Match Day collective on May 5th.

You can learn more about Match Day by visiting the Scranton Area Foundation’s website.

So, on Friday, May 5, 2017, please consider making a contribution directly to one of these terrific nonprofits:

Abington Community Library
AFA Gallery
Alzheimer’s Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Greater Carbondale YMCA
Greater Scranton YMCA
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Lackawanna Historical Society
Make-a-Wish Greater PA & WV
Marley’s Mission
Maternal & Family Health Services
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Scranton Cultural Center
Scranton Fringe Festival
The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Greenhouse Project
United Neighborhood Centers
Valley Community Library
West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch
Women’s Resource Center

*Please give directly to the nonprofit of your choice. If you would like to support the entire NEPA Match Day collective, you can donate to the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Any NEPA Match Day gifts received by the Foundation will be divided equally between the above-listed nonprofits.

MFHS Closed Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All MFHS offices will continue to be closed on Wednesday, March 15 due to yesterday’s snow storm. Please stay safe and check back for updates regularly.

MFHS Offices Closed March 14, 2017

All MFHS offices will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to inclement weather. All MFHS offices will also be operating on a 2-hour delay Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

PA Live: Easy Recipes for Busy Moms

MFHS Nutrition Education Coordinator Laurie Waskovich was back in the PA Live kitchen yesterday cooking up some healthy, fast, mom approved recipes for the new year. Watch the video now on PAHomepage.com and then try out these healthy and delicious recipes below.

One-pot Pasta Primavera

This is easily customized with your favorite in-season veggies or different types of pasta.

Ingredients

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
8 ounces linguine, uncooked
1 small onion, halved and sliced thin
1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into large florets (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 pounds asparagus, ends snapped off and cut into 2-inch pieces
4 ounces sliced white button mushrooms (about 1 cup)
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (less for milder heat; more to increase heat)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
Additional salt and pepper to taste
Additional Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired

Instructions

Add the broth, linguine, onion, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a large pot set over high heat. Drizzle the olive oil over the top.

As soon as it comes to a boil, set the timer for 7 minutes and start tossing constantly with long-handled tongs.

Continue boiling and tossing. As soon as the 7 minutes is up, add the peas, parsley, heavy whipping cream, Parmesan, and lemon zest and continue cooking, tossing constantly, for 1-2 more minutes, until the pasta and veggies appear tender. Remove from heat.

Note that much of the liquid will have evaporated, but not all. And that’s okay! Let the pasta sit for a couple of minutes to cool; the sauce will continue to thicken during that time. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese

 

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Ingredients

3 tablespoons skim milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/8 cup wheat germ ( heaping)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seeds (optional)
1 cup quick oatmeal

Directions

Heat milk, sugar and cocoa powder over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly.
Take off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter; stir until peanut butter has melted completely.
Stir in wheat germ and oatmeal.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper or eat immediately.

*This recipe is VERY flexible. If you don’t have wheat germ or flax seed, just use more oatmeal. The recipe above should work out just perfectly and does most of the time, but if your cookies come out crumbly, use less oatmeal next time. If they never set, use more oatmeal next time.

Nurse-Family Partnership Holiday Party