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**Former KC Chiefs star, Will Shields will sign autographs Friday for those getting vaccinated.**

With COVID-19 cases rising and flu season right around the corner, the best time to get vaccinated against both illnesses is NOW. The Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC), a program of Nurture KC, is offering both vaccines at all clinics and supporting underserved communities. The clinics are free and open to the public with Walgreens providing the immunizations. The vaccine clinic schedule is online on Nurture KC’s web site. All clinics will accept walk-ups or people can schedule appointments.

“We are excited for our clinic this Friday, Sept. 17 at the Salvation Army where Will Shields will be signing autographs (from 5 to 6 p.m.) for anyone getting immunized or bringing proof that they have been vaccinated. We’re thrilled to have him involved, as he is such a positive force for good and respected community leader,” says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC.

This Friday’s clinic is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is two doses and available for those ages 12 and older. Our partner, El Centro, will also have tamales, corn on the cob, snow cones and prizes, such as QuikTrip gift cards, for those who get vaccinated.

See Nurture KC’s full vaccine clinic schedule.

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Are you passionate about immunization to keep our community safe? We are looking to hire a Director to lead our Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC). In this role, you would build support for vaccination and improve metro wide vaccination rates — particularly for underserved populations — through direct service, education, organizational/volunteer infrastructure and public policy. This position is responsible for establishing organizational vision and strategy, as well as implementation of goals.

See the full job description and learn how to apply.

Questions? Contact info@nurturekc.org or 816-283-6242 (ext #243).

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It’s a busy time at Nurture KC! Check out our August Update to:
• See our FREE flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinic schedule
• RSVP to attend our screening of the documentary, Belly of the Beast, about illegal sterilization practices in prisons (open to the public)
• Learn about our 2021 Immunization Symposium (open to the public)
• Hear our Executive Director’s insights on CDC approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women
• Welcome our new Nurture KC members
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Congratulations to Marcela Metcalf, Lead Community Health Worker, who received her Medical Interpreting Certification from Truman Medical Centers. She dedicated 60 hours during her weekends to receive this certification — all to benefit the families she serves through Nurture KC’s Healthy Start program.

“I have been interpreting for families for a while, but I wanted to get certified. I put the training to use immediately when one on my participants was having a miscarriage. I was able to interpret over the phone while she was at the ER,” Marcela says. “Many hospitals offer interpretation services, but having a trusted person to help is much better and provides my moms with peace of mind. I interpret for families for various reasons, including children’s schools, WIC, clinics, hospitals, other nonprofits, jobs, Medicaid and sometimes quick court appearances online.”

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KCUR 89.3 interviewed our Executive Director, Tracy Russell, about improving local maternal outcomes and addressing racial disparities in health care. The interview was a result from Nurture KC’s annual event and newly released Maternal Morbidity Report (available to members at https://nurturekc.org/members/).

Listen to the interview at: Black Mothers More Likely To Die From Pregnancy-Related Causes | KCUR 89.3 – NPR in Kansas City. Local news, entertainment and podcasts.

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