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The Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help families who rent their homes get caught up on past due rent and utility bills. We compiled a program overview for our Healthy Start families, but anyone can access it and benefit from the program … so please help us spread the word!

Program overview in English: https://nurturekc.org/emergency-rental-assistance

Program overview in Spanish: https://nurturekc.org/asistencia-de-emergencia-para-el-alquiler

Thanks to the United Way of Greater Kansas City for working with local organizations to implement the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Also, a big thank you to these orgs for providing assistance: Economic Opportunity Foundation, Journey to New Life, Metro Lutheran Ministry, Greater KC Housing Information Center, Guadalupe Centers, SAVE and the Community Assistance Council.

We’re #StrongerTogether!

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It’s Nurse Appreciation Week. Did you know Nurture KC has 2 nurses on staff?

Raechel Blades, MSN, RNC–OB, helps moms in our Healthy Start program who need more specialized care to overcome barriers. Raechel operates out of Truman Medical Centers. Learn more about Healthy Start at https://nurturekc.org/solutions/.

Katherine Campbell, BSN, is our Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program Coordinator. She leads a case review team to improve health delivery systems and save babies’ lives. Learn more about FIMR at https://nurturekc.org/issues/infant-mortality/.

Thank you, Raechel and Katherine, for all you both do!

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April has been a flurry of activity! Nurture KC has been featured across KC news stations for our COVID vaccine clinics, Black Maternal Health Week and education on safe sleep for baby. Check out this news coverage + meet our new Administrative Assistant + see where we’re at with key legislative priorities in KS and MO + more — all in our April 2021 Update. As always, thank you for supporting our efforts!

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Legislation: House Bill 37 will be introduced to the Missouri House floor sometime this week (April 26 – April 30). This legislation would radically expand vaccine exemptions to include a conscientious belief exemption and require all public schools to accept vaccination exemptions written by parents without a doctor’s signature. This bill exempts private schools from requiring any immunizations.

HB 37 has also been amended to prohibit entities in the state from issuing or requiring vaccine passports or vaccination records (i.e. COVID-19 vaccination record cards).  The addition of this language is intended to garner broader support, even though a vaccine passport has not been proposed or endorsed in Missouri.

Additionally, the language of HB 37 has been amended on to House Bill 682, a bill limiting public colleges from requiring students to live in on-campus housing. HB 682 could be introduced on the Missouri House floor at any time.

Your Action is Needed Now:

MAIC urges you to reach out to your Kansas City area representatives and tell them to vote “no” on HB 37 and its amendments. See the proposed policy changes by clicking “read more” below and reference these in your communication as reasons to oppose HB 37. Each provision would dilute Missourians’ protection from preventable diseases.

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