The Maternal, Child and Community Health Education and Health Communication (MCCHEHC) and HIV Prevention Division of the Health Department provides for public health education, health information, disease prevention programs, community councils and coalitions and safety needs.
Tobacco Use Prevention is contracted to work with Kansas City businesses to improve the health of their employees through consultation and policy change regarding tobacco use. The program also works with area coalitions on environmental tobacco smoke reduction initiatives.
Active Living KC is a partnership between the Health Department, City Planning and Development Department, Public Works Department and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to provide education and information on active living and healthy eating. In November 2011, Active Living KC released the report "Active Living & Health Eating Development Code Review" and its executive summary.
Maternal and Child Health Block Grant addresses two priority focus areas: Immunization and Injury Prevention. The immunization campaign works with private physicians to keep them informed of new laws regarding immunization and assists them in entering their medical records into the State's immunization record database. The Injury Prevention project operates Safety Street at 24th and Campbell and teaches kids and adults injury prevention activities and safety behaviors. Safety Street includes an outdoor street scene where students K through fifth grade can actively learn to ride bikes safely, cross the street, understand traffic rules and signals and practice getting on and off a school bus safely. Modules also include pet safety, poison safety, fire safety, gun safety, nutrition and fitness. The Maternal and Child Health grant also has a system capacity building component that works with the faith community to strengthen their health outreach efforts and to empower them to provide health programs to their constituents and communities.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services provided by the Health Department include nutritious food to supplement the regular diet, recommendations for healthy eating and referrals for health care.
The Building Blocks MO/Nurse Family Partnership is a nurse home visitation program for first time mothers. This nurse home visitation program serves up to 100 women in the seven counties of Clay, Cass, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray. The program provides pregnancy and health education, referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and education to improve economic self-sufficiency for the family. Clients may be referred to the program by following instructions on the referral form in Word .DOC or Adobe .PDF format.
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program provides case management for a wide variety of medical and related services to assist children who are medically qualified, and whose families meet income eligibility guidelines, to reach their developmental, emotional and cognitive potential. In addition to this contract, the state pays for up to $25,000 per year per child for the needed services including hospitalization, medications, technological assistive devices, therapies, and other authorized services.
These case management services are provided for seventeen counties in the Northwest District.
The Communications Team is a technical support and assistance team within the HEHC section for all Kansas City, Mo., Health Department programs. Although each team member has additional primary programs and focus areas, they work together to fulfill the mission of the health department and its programs. Through web-based communication, social marketing strategies, risk communication campaigns and a working relationship with the Kansas City Metropolitan Media outlets, the communications team strives to keep the public informed of programs, new initiatives, emerging health issues and is an information resource for the community. They also provide training in health communication and media advocacy for health department employees, and upon request, other health departments.
HIV Prevention and Planning Council is a community based, mayoral-appointed council comprised of service providers and people living with HIV/AIDS whose mission is to enhance the HIV prevention and care services through community planning of interventions, and make recommendations for HIV/AIDS prevention and funding allocation within the Kansas City Planning Region. The Prevention Programs provide behavioral, evidence-based training for high risk individuals in the community, as well as for those residents who are already HIV positive or who have AIDS.
Cardiovascular Health Initiative provides chronic disease secondary prevention activities for citizens through their local churches and health ministries. The program teaches key leaders in the spiritual and religious communities how to train and educate their church members and neighborhood residents to take care of themselves when they become sick.
Community Engagements are councils, commissions and community-based projects that the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department either supports, participates or chairs. Whether it is the committees of the Health Commission, Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, Native American Symposium, Building a Healthier Heartland, community health surveys or Community Initiative on Cardiovascular Health, the HEHC section takes an active role in supporting community based initiatives.
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