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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
What have our staff been up to recently? The amazing staff at MFHS are out in the community doing outreach, participating in fun events, and reaching milestones.
MFHS has some exciting news! In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute up to $1 million to Facebook fundraisers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $500,000 in matching funds, up to $1,000 per Facebook fundraiser, and Facebook will waive up to $500,000 of fees on all donations.
How can you help?
As a supporter of Maternal & Family Health Services, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work by creating a Facebook fundraiser. Your fundraiser could help fund up to $1,000 toward our cause. Creating a fundraiser is easy.
Don’t have time to make your own fundraiser? You can donate to MFHS through this fundraiser tomorrow and we will still benefit from the match gift: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10100741562195815/
Here’s how to create a fundraiser:
• Go to https://www.facebook.com/MFHS.org/fundraisers/
• Click “Create Fundraiser”
• Select from one of three cover photos (or create your own)
• Add a title, tell your story, add an end date and a goal
• Be sure to include #GivingTuesday in your description, then click Create
• From there you can invite friends, share on your News Feed or send a message
• For inspiration, check out current fundraisers on our page at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10100741562195815/
How we’re supporting #GivingTuesday
MFHS will be sharing our participants stories across social media all day long. Learn how MFHS is changing lives like Daisy’s through our videos and stories. Thank you for your support of Maternal & Family Health Services. We are really excited about #GivingTuesday, and hope you will participate in all our year-end activities!
After 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!
MFHS would like to thank everyone who attended our 45th Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon yesterday. The day was a success thanks to your ongoing generosity and support. Special thanks goes out to Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine for traveling from Harrisburg to attend the meeting and accept the Outstanding Public Service Award.
WBRE’s Mark Hiller spoke with Dr. Levine after the Annual Meeting about her work as Physician General. She is deeply involved in fixing the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, as well as working in support of the LGBTQ community. The clip is available now on PA Homepage.
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!
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!