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: https://www.mfhs.org/annual-meeting  or by calling 1-800-367-6347.  Deadline for submissions is August 23rd, 2017.

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) https://dent.house.gov/15thdistrict or Rep. Cartwright (202-225-5546) https://cartwright.house.gov/about/our-district. 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 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.