Letter to the Editor: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is a time for resolutions. It’s also a great time for women to remember their own needs, especially after a busy holiday season with much of our time focused on others. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect time for women to remember their cervical health.

Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. In both the U.S. and around the world, cervical cancer disproportionately impacts poor women.

For women 21-65 years or age, regular cervical cancer screening can help prevent cancer. The Pap test can help detect cervical cancer in its earliest stages.  When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable.  As with other cancers, the later cervical cancer is detected the harder it is to treat.

Maternal and Family Health Services works to remove the barriers to women getting a Pap test and cervical exam through two programs that provide quality and affordable care to women.  The Healthy Woman Program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and provides free Pap tests, as well as mammograms, to women between the ages of 40 and 64 who are uninsured, underinsured, or have high deductibles and meet the income eligibility requirements.  The MFHS Family Planning Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Title X, offers a complete range of reproductive healthcare services to women, including complete gynecological exams and cervical cancer screening.  These services are provided regardless of income and a sliding-fee scale allows MFHS to tailor costs to meet individual needs. MFHS also accepts many insurances. Maternal and Family Health Services has a network of providers in 15 counties of Northeast Pennsylvania.  To find the location nearest you and find out if you qualify, visit our cancer screening services page.

Cervical cancer is preventable and curable, but only with access to regular screenings.   All Pennsylvania women, regardless of their economic condition, should have access to the life-saving screening tests they need to prevent cervical cancer.



Bette Cox Saxton

President & CEO

UPDATED: Weather Delay – January 17, 2018

UPDATE: The Hazleton WIC center is closed for Wednesday, January 17th.

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to the predicted snow fall. Staff at your local offices will work with you to reschedule any appointments that need to be changed. Please stay safe and warm!

Public Notice for Bradford & Tioga Counties

Maternal & Family Health Service is seeking additional healthcare providers to provide comprehensive Family Planning and other related preventative health services as a sub-recipient of funding through Title X of the Public Health Services Act.  Interested providers should have the capacity to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, with an emphasis on services to lower income women, men and teens.  These comprehensive services include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical examinations
  • Provide contraception counseling and education
  • Manage FDA approved methods of contraception through the 340B Program
  • Screening for STDs
  • Cancer screening
  • Treatment and/or referral for health problems and other related services

Letters of interest should be mailed to:

Maternal & Family Health Services
Attention:  John Kearney
15 Public Square, Suite 600
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701

Or emailed to:  info@mfhs.org

Thinking about Black Friday shopping?

Online shopping has become an increasingly popular way of buying things, like gifts for the holidays. An added benefit of online shopping is being able to support MFHS while doing so! Through our partnerships with Goodshop, AmazonSmile, and Giving Assistant, donating to MFHS has never been simpler.

Doing your online shopping through Goodshop is a convenient way to help our organization. A portion of your purchases made through Goodshop at over 5,000 stores will be donated to MFHS. The best part? This service is of no cost to you. The site also lists tons of coupons at various stores so you can save money while you shop.

Similar to Goodshop, Giving Assistant is a free service that also allows users to donate a percentage of money spent to our organization. In addition, members are given special access to coupons and cash back at retailers.

AmazonSmile lets you shop online at Amazon, but with the added benefit of supporting a nonprofit of your choosing. A percentage of your purchases made on Amazon will be given to Maternal and Family Health Services. And this service is also of no cost to users!

Visit our Shop. Save. Support. page to join any or all of these great programs today!

#GivingTuesday is November 28th!

#GivingTuesday, an international day of charitable giving, is only two weeks away! On November 28th, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, MFHS will be participating in Giving Tuesday by hosting fundraisers on our Facebook page.

This year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $2 million in matching funds for nonprofits on Facebook on this day. For each organization, the foundation will match up to $50,000 raised on its Facebook page.

To celebrate this wonderful opportunity, we ask that you consider making a donation to MFHS on #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to get involved by sending us your #UNselfie, a picture of yourself with a sign saying why you support our agency, or simply by posting online about your donation. Be sure to tag us and use our hashtag, #FamilytoFamily, to demonstrate your support for local families. We’ll be sharing some of those pictures here and our social media. You can download a blank copy of our sign here.

Your generosity and continued support is greatly appreciated, and we wish you all the best as we enter into the holiday season.


Nurse-Family Partnership Holiday Party!

We are pleased to announce our annual holiday party celebrating the Nurse-Family Partnership program. For seven years, we have expressed our gratitude to our devoted nurses and wonderful clients by throwing a party for them. This event celebrates the magic of the holidays, and the children are each given a toy and the opportunity to meet Santa. The party has been greatly successful in the past, and we hope to continue this tradition.

We would like to ask for your donations to help fund this celebratory event. Monetary donations and gift donations will both be accepted. Please submit your generous donations by December 12th, so that the funds and toys can go toward the holiday party.

Your support is much appreciated, and we wish you the very best this upcoming holiday season!

2017 MFHS Champion Award: Sarah Arledge

At this year’s Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon, MFHS will be presenting the MFHS Champion Award to Sarah Arledge. Ms. Arledge has participated in several of our programs, including WIC, maternity care and the Nurse-Family Partnership. She has generously given back to the organization time and time again since enrolling in our programs. Sarah is the face of our 2016 Annual Report. She has shared her story with some of our donors, and will be appearing in testimonial videos that we will be debuting this fall. Sarah also nominated MFHS for the United Way of Wyoming Valley Outstanding Partner Award, and spoke about her experience at their campaign kick-off this month.

Sarah  has been generous with her time and support of MFHS and we are thankful for all that she has done. She truly has been a champion for the agency over the past year, and we are thrilled to be presenting Sarah with the MFHS Champion Award on October 18th.

Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends benefits the Nurse Family Partnership

On October 17th, Boscov’s will be hosting its “Friend Helping Friends” day. On this charitable day, shoppers who have purchased a Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass will be entitled to 25% off their entire purchase at Boscov’s! We are excited to be apart of this exciting day benefiting local nonprofits. The shopping passes cost $5 each, and the proceeds of those purchased through MFHS go towards our Nurse Family Partnership program’s Client Holiday Party.

If you are interested in donating to MFHS and receiving a 25% discount at Boscov’s, the shopping passes can be purchased at our Administrative Office in Wilkes-Barre. Call at 570-826-1777 or visit the office at 15 Public Square to buy your Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass!

2017 Media Partner Award: Nexstar Broadcasting WBRE/WYOU

This year at our Annual Meeting, we will be presenting the Media Partner Award to Nexstar Broadcasting’s local stations, WBRE and WYOU. The Media Partner Award is bestowed upon a community media partner who goes above and beyond in supporting our agency’s mission. Our friends at WBRE and WYOU have long demonstrated their support through their promotion of our programs as well as public service announcements. We sincerely appreciate the partnership we have developed with WBRE and WYOU, and how it allows MFHS to reach the stations’ vast audiences within our service area.

Members of the team at these Nexstar stations do even more to support MFHS by attending and spreading the word about MFHS events, like last month’s happy hour fundraiser. At this fundraiser for our Nurse-Family Partnership program, we were pleased to be joined by news anchor Mark Hiller of WBRE. Not only was our event promoted on that evening’s news, but also Hiller was able to join us for the happy hour festivities. Last spring, our happy hour fundraiser was hosted by WBRE’s Dave Kuharchik, who included us in a news segment and happily interacted with attendees of the event. Dave has also made a star out our very own “Chef Laurie”, our Nutrition Education Coordinator who is a regular guest in the kitchen on PA Live!, where she shares healthy recipes and nutrition tips with the WBRE audience.

The friendly and supportive staff at our local news stations have truly been invaluable partners for our organization. We are grateful for their tremendous help in our media efforts, and we look forward to celebrating this successful relationship on October 18th.

2017 Community Service Award: Frank R. Kolucki, MD FACOG

Each year the Community Service Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies character in the way of volunteering and giving back to our great community. This year, we choose to award this title to Dr. Frank R. Kolucki. With two decades of experience working in Obstetrics in Scranton, Dr. Kolucki has successfully established himself as leader in women’s health.

Dr. Frank Kolucki is a graduate of Boston College and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. After completing his OB/GYN residency program at Georgetown, Kolucki decided to continue his emerging practice in Scranton. Currently, he works as the Chair of the Obstetrics Department at Moses Taylor Hospital.

Through his establishment of the Moses Taylor Hospital Women’s and Children’s service line, Dr. Kolucki strives to improve the health and well-being of a multitude of women in our area. In his practice, he is motivated to help women affected by maternal substance abuse, and create safer and more effective protocols for medical care. To ensure that Moses Taylor provides exceptional obstetrical care to members of the community, Kolucki was at the forefront of the team that facilitated the hospital in being awarded the Joint Commission’s Perinatal Certification.

Additional, Dr. Kolucki has shown his passion for service through his efforts to educate future medical professionals. He teaches at both the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Marywood University’s health department.

Kolucki hold several positions of leadership, through which he demonstrates his concern and devotion to women in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These include his position as the national physician advisor of the Community Health Systems’ Obstetrics/Pediatrics Council, and his fellowship in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kolucki is on the Board of Directors at Moses Taylor Hospital, as well as the board of Physicians’ Health Alliance.  He has also served as Moses Taylor Hospital’s president of the medical staff.

Dr. Frank R. Kolucki is an outstanding member of the community, who has used his immense medical prowess and abilities to create a lasting, positive change that will continue to better the lives of countless women and babies. We will be honoring Dr. Kolucki’s service on October 18th at our MFHS Annual Meeting.