Win a South Carolina Beach Vacation at our Healthy Heroes Walk!

It’s official – we have a grand prize for the MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk! One of our walkers will win an 8 day/7 night stay in either Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head, South Carolina, courtesy of Sundance Vacations!

Every walker will receive one raffle ticket for every $100 they raise. The more you fundraise for MFHS, the more chances you have to win! If you haven’t formed your team or signed up to walk, it’s not too late. Visit the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community website and sign up with MFHS today.

Thank you Sundance Vacations for sponsoring this amazing grand prize!

The vacation rental from Sundance Vacations will be at a Sundance Vacations property in South Carolina for up to 6 people. The grand prize covers accommodations only, and does not include transportation. Blackout dates apply during the summer, holidays and special events. Valid for one year from date of issue (June 16, 2018). The grand prize will be chosen after the online donation form closes on June 29th. 

UPDATED: Weather Alert March 7 & 8, 2018

Due to the inclement weather and Governor Wolf declaring a state of emergency, MFHS offices  will be closed Wednesday March 7th, and will not open until 9 am on Thursday March 8th, in order to give crews time to clean the roads. Our offices will be open Wednesday morning, but if there are changes as the storm arrives, we will post updates here.

If you have an appointment at any of our locations on the 7th or 8th and won’t be able to make it due to the weather, please call your local office, or our administration office at 570-826-1777, and we will be happy to help you reschedule your appointment.

Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded $115,000 Highmark Foundation Grant

Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO, with Jane Brooks, Highmark Foundation Program Officer.

Maternal and Family Health Services announces they are a recipient of a $115,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation. The grant funds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the MFHS Circle of Care office on Madison Avenue in Scranton.

MFHS provides services to over 100,000 individuals annually across Northeast Pennsylvania through a network of programs that includes: Reproductive Healthcare, the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition (WIC) program, the HealthyWoman Cancer Screening program, the Nurse-Family Partnership program, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus prenatal program. The Circle of Care office is a unique location that provides access to these programs in one convenient location.

“The addition of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker will help us better serve an increasing number of high-risk clients with additional screenings and counseling,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO. “They will help coordinate client care across programs and physicians, as well as provide referrals and resources to help our clients have healthy babies and lead healthy lives.”

“The Highmark Foundation has a long history of providing public health grants that focus on improving health, preventing disease and promoting wellness among families,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “Through this grant, we can help Maternal and Family Health Services expand critical services to high-risk women, teens and babies for improved health outcomes.”

All Offices Closing at 10 – 2/7/2018

All MFHS offices will be closing at 10 am today, February 7, 2018, due to the incoming snow storm.

Save the Date: MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk!

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On June 16th at PNC Field, MFHS will be participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Joined by 11 other local nonprofits, we will be celebrating kids helping kids through our Healthy Heroes Walk. We encourage walkers to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and come ready to have fun!

This exciting event features not only a 5k walk, but also a 1 mile walk and a variety of fun family activities and prizes. We will have face painting, balloon animals, mascots, snacks, and so much more! You can read more about what MFHS has planned here, and keep checking back as we are still adding details!

100% of funds raised for this event will go towards supporting families served by MFHS. Click here to register a team of your family and friends, and come out to walk for women and children in our community.

NEPA Match Day 2018

Maternal and Family Health Services is excited to be apart of the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s NEPA Match Day collective. This is the fourth year that we are honored to be included in this day dedicated to helping nonprofits who serve people in Lackawanna County. On NEPA Match Day, the foundation will match up to $1,000 of donations made to each nonprofit in the collective. The great consideration of the Scranton Area Foundation and the NEPA Match Day initiative encourages growth and additional impact for the organizations involved. Every year, through the generous donations made to these organizations, we are able to improve the lives of the people we proudly serve.

Here is a list of the 25 wonderful nonprofits that comprise the 2018 collective:

1. Alzheimer’s Association- Greater PA Chapter
2. Catherine McAuley Center
3. Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania
4. Countryside Conservancy
5. Dress for Success Lackawanna
6. EOTC
7. Everhart Museum
8. Greater Carbondale YMCA
9. Greater Scranton YMCA
10. Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area
11. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
12. Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania
13. Junior League of Scranton
14. Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station & Environmental Education Center
15. Lackawanna Pro Bono
16. Leadership Lackawanna
17. Marley’s Mission
18. Maternal and Family Health Services
19. Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA
20. NEPA Rainbow Alliance
21. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
22. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
23. The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
24. United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
25. Women’s Resource Center

On May 4th, your donation to our region will have double the impact. Donations made to the Scranton Area Foundation on NEPA Match Day will be shared equally among the collective. Visit the Scranton Area Foundation website to learn more about NEPA Match Day.

Teen Center Opens in Scranton

At the end of last year a new teen center opened in downtown Scranton. The NEPA Youth Shelter’s Teen Drop-In Center is located on the second floor of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Human Services Building. While the center has only been open for a few months, it has already been visited by dozens of teens.

The center serves as a safe place for high school students to go after school, providing them with a positive environment in which they can do homework, socialize, and rest.

The Drop-In Center also houses part of the SafeTeens initiative called SafeSpace teen health resource center. On Wednesday afternoons a health educator is at the center to provide reliable information and answer questions the teens may have regarding their health.

Click here to learn more about this great resource for teens in Scranton.

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.

 

Sincerely,

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