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State Ends Pandemic Relief for Child Care

State Ends Pandemic Relief for Child Care   Brian Schmidt, Kids Win Missouri   The Department of Social Services announced on Wednesday that it was reverting to pre-pandemic support for child care. The announcement may force child care providers to stop offering services to working families receiving benefits under the Child Care Development Block Grant…

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Pediatricians’ Top Tips to Limit Spread of COVID-19

Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics   The Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics represents over 1,100 pediatricians, pediatric residents and medical students across the state. As medical professionals across all specialties treat children and families, we emphasize the following messages to decrease the spread of COVID-19 across Missouri: #1 Practice…

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Stopping Suicide in its Tracks

by Megan Whitehead, Media Coordinator, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare I’ll start with the obvious: Suicide is a big issue. According to SAMHSA and the Missouri Department of Mental Health (MO DMH), it’s the tenth leading cause of death in Missouri and the U.S. More startling, it’s the second leading cause of death among…

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Child Advocacy Day 2019 Recap

On Tuesday April 2nd, over 500 people gathered in Jefferson City at the capitol building in support of Child Advocacy Day. Advocates come from across the state for the annual event in order to urge legislators to support policies and programs that support and uplift children. The day started off at a kick-off rally where…

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The Impact of Community Health Workers on Health Outcomes

Brian Schmidt, Kids Win Missouri The nation’s health care system is shifting to promote care that delivers the best health outcomes. One of the tools that health care providers are putting into action to help obtain the best health outcomes are community health workers. What are Community Health Workers? Missouri law currently has no definition…

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Give Our Children In Foster Care the Support They Need

Katie Plax, MD Medical Director of the SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens)     For the last 7 years I have listened to the stories of teens in foster care and our kids are hurting. Like most things for children and youth in foster care their experiences often go under the radar.    …

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