A group of volunteers started The Kansas City Maternal and Child Health Coalition in response to a 1983 Missouri Department of Social Services report on high infant mortality rates in metro KC. The coalition has grown throughout the years (and was known as Mother & Child Health Coalition) before being renamed Nurture KC in late 2019. The name Nurture KC reflects the diverse families we serve from pre-pregnancy through adolescence.
The centerpiece of Nurture KC is Healthy Start, a federal grant program that employs a community health worker model to assist families from preconception through 18 months of life for the baby. Along the way, we recognized family health is a continuum. Nurture KC is also the home for the Mid-America Immunization Coalition (MAIC), a bi-state group dedicated to disease prevention, and Safe Kids Metro KC, which provides programming to reduce preventable childhood injury.
As always, our mission remains the same – to reduce infant death and improve family health across the KC metro area.