A variety of programs and partnerships are run by a Health Department division called Maternal, Child and Community Health Education and Health Communication.
The department’s Maternal and Child Health Block Grant works with partners to reduce or prevent intentional and unintentional injuries in Kansas City. For more information on programs for pre-school or elementary school, call 816-513-6066. Click here for more information on programs for middle and high schools, or call 816-513-6217.
The Nurse Family Partnership Program is a home visitation program by nurses for first-time mothers. This program serves up to 100 women in the seven counties of Clay, Cass, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray. It provides pregnancy and health education, referrals for health care, child care, job training and education to improve economic self-sufficiency. Clients may be referred to the program by following instructions on the referral form in Word .DOC or Adobe.PDF format.
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program provides case management for a wide variety of medical-related services to assist children who are medically qualified, and whose families meet income eligibility guidelines, to reach their developmental, emotional and cognitive potential. In addition to this contract, the state pays for up to $25,000 per year per child for the needed services including hospitalization, medications, technological assistive devices, therapies and other authorized services.
These case management services are provided for 17 counties in the Northwest District.
The HIV Prevention and Planning Council is a community based, mayoral-appointed council comprising service providers and people living with HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to enhance the HIV prevention and care services through community planning of interventions, and make recommendations for HIV/AIDS prevention and funding allocation within the Kansas City Planning Region. The council’s prevention programs provide behavioral, evidence-based training for high-risk individuals in the community, as well as for those residents who are already HIV positive or who have AIDS.
Community Engagements are councils, commissions and community-based projects that the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department either supports, participates or chairs. Whether it is the committees of the Health Commission, Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, Native American Symposium, Building a Healthier Heartland, community health surveys or Community Initiative on Cardiovascular Health, this division takes an active role in supporting community-based initiatives.
Past programs have included the Tobacco Use Prevention Program, which was instrumental in developing innovative workplace clean air policy for Kansas City and the surrounding metropolitan area, the Walkers On Watch program, the Cardiovascular Health Initiative, the Healthy Reader program and the Health Literacy Initiative.