Contact: Anne Biswell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(816) 283-6242 ext. 226 Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Mother & Child Health Coalition to host a meeting of the Metro KC Youth Collaborative to discuss “Bullying from a Family’s Perspective”
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The statistics are staggering. More than 13 million youth are bullied each year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Nearly 160,000 kids stay home from school each day to avoid being bullied. Bullying has become such an important issue that it was included in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2009 revision of its policy with regard to the role of the pediatrician in preventing youth violence.
The Metro KC Youth Collaborative (a committee under the umbrella of Mother & Child Health Coalition) invites you to join our discussion on bullying from a family’s perspective tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Independence Health Department, Conference Room A, 515 S. Liberty, Independence, MO 64050. This event is open to the public.
Bullying is an issue that affects everyone, and all community members have important roles to play in addressing and preventing it. We urge you to attend this important discussion and be a part of shaping a
call-to-action for the Kansas City metropolitan area. We need all your voices!
The following people will be speaking:
Bullying: A Family’s Perspective
- Charles and Claire Tietgen, father and daughter. Claire was bullied in school and is now a mixed martial arts athlete. Her story appears on the following web page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7wg1h3oM78
Youth Application for Smart Phones
- Jason Bohn, Systems Change Coordinator, Mid-America Regional Council
Each will bring his/her perspective and expertise to the table. A time for questions will follow the presentations. For questions related to the event, please contact Paul Cesare, MCHC’s Coalition Coordinator, at (816) 283-MCHC (6242), ext. 239.
Every child deserves a healthy start; it is the best gift a community can give its children and itself.
Mother & Child Health Coalition works together with community partners and families
to promote wellness and advocate excellence in health care.