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Nurture KC and Walgreens are hosting 2 free COVID vaccine clinics on:

— Friday, April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
— Saturday, April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both clinics will take place at El Centro’s Academy for Children, located at 1340 S. 30th Street in Kansas City, KS. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome! However, if you would like to schedule an appointment, click here or scan the below QR code with your mobile phone.

These clinics are open to Kansas residents age 18 and older. Recipients will receive the one-shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and will need to bring a form of ID (e.g., driver’s license) and insurance card if they have one. No one will be turned away – even if they do not have insurance.

Questions? Please email Shelby Ostrom, Program Director of Mid America Immunization Coalition, (a program of Nurture KC) at sostrom@nurturekc.org.

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This week Sen. Mark Steffen advocated for legislation prohibiting the state health secretary from requiring new immunizations for children to attend school or day care. Under current law, students are required to receive certain immunizations before they attend school. The secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can amend the list should the need arise.

We’re sharing excerpts of an article by Noah Taborda that appeared in the Kansas Reflector on why Nurture KC opposes this legislation – Senate Bill 212.

“Pediatricians and school nurses defended the decision-making process for the required vaccination list. Like proponents, they worried about politicization of the issue but instead thought the bill would only further intensify the politicization.

Shelby Ostrom, program director for the Mid America Immunization Coalition, which provides advocacy on the benefits of vaccines, said continued oversight by KDHE separate from the legislative process was vital in maintaining and improving public health in Kansas.

‘There is a rigorous process already in place, grounded in science, which best serves Kansans,’ Ostrom said. ‘This is a process that has and should continue to be separate from the political arena.’”

Click “read more” to see this entire article.

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In honor of its 10th Anniversary, Brown Button Estate Sales is hosting a “Treasure Trove” benefit sale with all proceeds directly benefiting Nurture KC.

“We are excited to support Nurture KC, and all the families they help, in honor of our 10th anniversary.” says Michael Fry, CEO of Brown Button. “We want to do something special to give back to Kansas City. This is a natural fit because Nurture KC makes a tangible difference for mothers and babies in our community.”

Key dates for the public:
Donation drop-off – Saturday, Feb. 6
Anyone can donate fine furniture, art, jewelry, decor and fashion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the event location: 7589 W. 119 Street (Southwest of Metcalf and 119th St.). Brown Button also can pick up large items, if needed, that meet its criteria. People can simply complete the Donation Evaluation Form to find out.
Shopping – Feb. 16 to Feb. 20
— Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. ($10 entry donation)
— Wednesday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free)

“This will truly be a unique shopping experience. Brown Button is synonymous with the highest quality merchandise and has a large following across the metro,” says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. “We are thankful to Brown Button for selecting Nurture KC to give back to, and know it will greatly benefit the 237 families we serve through our Healthy Start program.”

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We kicked off 2021 encouraging families in our Healthy Start program to live a healthy lifestyle — eating right, staying active and taking care of their mental health. Here are the winners to our contest asking: How is your family adopting a healthy lifestyle? These families will receive Heart Healthy cookbooks and salad kits from the American Heart Association.💗💗💗

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This is a must-watch presentation, given by Dr. Barbara Pahud, at last week’s Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC) quarterly meeting.

“You don’t want to miss this replay! She had our members captivated — breaking down complex subject matter in easy-to-understand analogies and descriptions,” says Shelby Ostrom, Strategic Initiatives Director, who oversees MAIC.

Dr. Pahud is the Research Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children Mercy. In partnership with the University of Oxford and the University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy is at the forefront of developing a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

We think the public may find this information useful as well.

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