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How did Maddie go from “in the street and lost in life” to breaking the cycle of poverty and now thriving?

Maddie carved out a better life through the support of Nurture KC’s Healthy Start program and her community health worker, Shanice, within the program. Maddie enrolled in Healthy Start when she was pregnant with her first daughter. Welcoming baby Lehani into the world spurred Maddie to make her goals a reality with guidance from Shanice. Maddie left her part-time, low-wage job for a full-time job with benefits. She now works in customer service for an insurance company and does so from home. Shanice also taught Maddie how to care for her child – as a newborn, then infant, then toddler. Life was happy and stable with bills being paid and a roof over their heads.

Unfortunately, the road turned bumpy again when Maddie struggled with postpartum depression after welcoming another daughter, Camila. Once again, Shanice was by Maddie’s side. She connected Maddie with services to overcome her depression. Shanice was a consistent, positive presence in her life. Maddie and her husband also strengthened their relationship and their family flourished. They overcame the odds, and even recently purchased their first home where they will spend Christmas as a family of four!

Will you help Nurture KC build bright futures this holiday season? With your financial support, we can rally behind moms like Maddie and change lives. Our Healthy Start program is unique, as it connects each of our moms one-on-one with a community health worker to have a safe pregnancy and healthy baby. Last year, we served 346 families! Now, more than ever, we can use your support. Thank you for your consideration and generosity this Giving Tuesday. Give at https://nurturekc.org/givingtuesday/.

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Check out Nurture KC’s Maternal Morbidity in Kansas City Report. It provides baseline data to inform our work. The data is coupled with the real-life, near-miss experiences of two moms – Elaine Diaz and Daysha Lewis – in our Healthy Start Program. They bravely share their stories and lessons learned. Finally, the report delves into maternal morbidity SOLUTIONS at the local, state and national level.

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Kuddos to these moms in our Healthy Start program! They are shopping at our in-house Healthy Start Shopping Mart with points they accumulated by taking their children to the doctor, getting vaccinated, going to school, maintaining jobs and more through our program. Families can redeem points to get such items as diaper bags, baby bathtubs, feeding chairs, strollers, toys, clothes and personal care products. Learn more about Healthy Start at https://nurturekc.org/solutions/.

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In honor of Safe Sleep Awareness Month, we held a contest among our Healthy Start families to show their babies sleeping safely (alone, on their backs, in a clear crib). Here are our 5 winners: babies Ava, Ma’Raeya, David, Skylynn and Liam. Their families are each receiving a $50 gift card to Walmart, courtesy of Nurture KC and our partner University Health (formerly Truman Medical Centers).

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Here is the heart and soul of our mission at Nurture KC – the sweet children in our Healthy Start program. 💗 (Click “read more” to view our video.) We recently celebrated 96 toddlers graduating from our program. Congrats to their parents! And, a special thank you to Molly Doroba from the Kansas City Public Library for story time during the virtual celebration. Learn more about our Healthy Start program at https://nurturekc.org/solutions/.

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Exciting news: Nurture KC has a new Community Action Team (CAT) working on the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.

The goal? Get all KC metro hospitals certified in baby safe sleep practices, so staff can educate parents before they leave for home with their babies.

Here are a few details …

WHO? The CAT is comprised of doctors, nurses, community advocates, infant loss experts, a mom from our Healthy Start program and a few of our employees, including our FIMR coordinator.

WHAT’S FIMR? Nurture KC implemented the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program in Kansas City to reduce infant deaths and health care disparities. FIMR is an action-oriented case review team identifying trends in infant losses, along with gaps in the health care system, then recommending actions to improve. Learn more at https://nurturekc.org/issues/infant-mortality/ .

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That’s a wrap on our 2021 Immunization Symposium: “Vaccination in the Time of COVID-19.” Thank you to our sponsors: Home State Health, Sunflower Health Plan, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Moderna, Immunize Kansas Coalition, Missouri Immunization Coalition, Walgreens, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and Sanofi Pasteur. The event was made possible through through the support of these organizations.

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