Save the Date!
Lexington Project Connect
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lexington United Methodist Church


The Mammography Van from Diagnostic Imaging Centers will be at Lexington Project Connect 2019. Diagnostic Imaging will offer both 2D and 3D screening mammograms. Susan G. Komen Foundation will pay mammogram fees for individuals who are 40 and over, and do not have insurance.  To schedule an appointment, call 816.444.9989 or 913.344.9989, or visit this link .

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Volunteers and service providers still needed! Contact Chris Carney at 660.259.2440 for details, or visit  HCCNetwork.org .  
HCC CEO Toniann Richard Nominated to NRHA Rural
Health Congress

The Rural Health Congress is the policy-making body of the National Rural Health Association. Elected representatives from each of the association's constituency groups, State Association Council, State Office Council, issue groups and officers serve on the Congress. This gives broad grassroots representation that reflects the concerns of NRHA's membership.

Richard will serve as the Federally Qualified Health Centers CG Chair. Congrats, Toniann !
HCC Provides FSD Assistance to Individuals in Grain Valley

Iva Eggert, Director of Social Services, will have open office hours at the Grain Valley Mid-Continent Public Library, 101 SW Eagles Parkway, to help individuals with applications for food stamps, MO HealthNet (Medicaid), Presumptive Eligibility, and other programs under the Family Support Division.

Days and times include:

Monday, February 11
9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, February 21
1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Iva at 816.263.2803, or iva.eggert@hccnetwork.org.
Live Well Centers Host Dental Clinic Outreach Nights

HCC's Live Well Community Health Centers held three dental clinic outreach nights with Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund (MFAF).

MFAF is a non-profit based in Kansas City. Since 1984, MFAF has served and empowered Missouri's farm workers .

For more information about MFAF, visit the link .
HCC Welcomes Brook Balentine to the Team! 

We are excited to announce that Brook Balentine has joined our team at HCC. Brook will be visiting all of HCC’s locations throughout the next six weeks in order to get to know our organization.

Brook grew up in a small town in Southeastern Kansas and graduated from Baker University. She has worked on campaigns and in government for the last 16 years. She worked diligently in hiring, office management, training and professional development in the United States Senate in both Washington DC and Kansas City.

She represented Senator McCaskill in 30 policy decisions in Washington. Brook is passionate about helping underserved communities receive the resources they need and has assisted constituents in connecting to healthcare, and navigating the government sponsored programs. Additionally, Brook worked with non-profits and municipalities to find grants or funding opportunities to build their organizations. In the last four years she has been working on a Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Central Missouri. Brook lives in Blue Springs with her husband, two sons and two dogs.
Live Well Community Health Centers Awarded More Than $2.2M in Funding from HRSA

HCC's Live Well Centers Among Four Community Health Centers to Receive Funding

On February 1, 2019, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), commended the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) announcement that it will award more than $12 million in grant funding to four Missouri community health centers. Health Centers Service Area Competition grants are administered through HRSA and help ensure access to affordable, quality health care treatment for communities and vulnerable populations.

“More than half a million Missourians rely on community health centers for quality, affordable care,” said Blunt. “These centers offer a wide range of physical and mental health treatment services to patients, including veterans and individuals who are uninsured or live in underserved areas. As chairman of the subcommittee that oversees funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration, I’ll continue advocating for programs that expand access to care in areas that need it most.”

HCC, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit and rural health network, implements and supports countywide and regional programs that promote access to health education, awareness, prevention and treatment services. HCC also owns and operates all four Live Well Centers. These full-service FQHCs accept all insurances including Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. Sliding-fee scale and income-based fee structures are also options for uninsured and under insured individuals.

For more information, visit  HCCNetwork.org  or call 660.259.2440.

Don't Forget These Helpful
Community Programs!
Missouri WIC Operations and Services Remain Uninterrupted

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. Missouri WIC local agencies will continue to hold appointments with participants and will provide the same level of services and benefits. Missouri WIC has received funding to support normal program operations through at least March 31, 2019. WIC local agencies will continue normal operations at the same level. In addition, the WIC state agency has notified local agencies and retailers that the program will allow all benefits issued to participants to be redeemed for the months printed on the WIC checks. Some participants are on tri-monthly benefit issuance; therefore, during the month of March, benefits will be issued to some participants for April, May and June.

The partial government shutdown, and lack of an approved federal budget for the USDA, has interrupted the normal flow of funding and information from USDA to WIC state agencies. The WIC state agency is participating in regular calls with USDA to remain apprised of developments at the federal level. USDA has been issuing funding needs surveys and is working diligently with individual state agencies to avoid interruptions to WIC benefits and services.

The state agency plans to issue another programmatic update by February 28, 2019 regarding funding and further continuation of program operations.
Pregnant women, new mothers, and families with children from birth through their fifth birthday can learn more about qualifying and enrolling in the Missouri WIC program by visiting the Missouri WIC website at  wic.mo.gov  to locate their local agency or by calling 1-800-TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465).

About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services : The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at  health.mo.gov   or find them on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo.
State Seeking Organizations to Serve Meals to Children During Summer Months

Federally funded program helps fight childhood hunger
 
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program is one of the ways Missouri is working to fight childhood hunger.

“Preventing food insecurity in children is an important step in improving the health of Missourians,” said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS director. “Without the assistance of organizations across the state, many of Missouri’s children would go hungry during the summer months. Thank you to all the organizations who have participated in the past, and thank you to any organization considering participating this summer. DHSS would be happy to answer any questions an organization may have as they consider participating in this program.”

The summer food program provides nutritious meals to children under age 18 during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating.

Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies, and local government entities. The sites are required to be located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

The federally funded program is administered by DHSS. The department will accept applications March 1 through May 15 to participate in the program. Organizations interested in becoming sponsors are required to attend training.

More information about the Summer Food Service Program is available online at www.health.mo.gov/sfsp or by telephone at 888-435-1464 (toll-free). Hearing- and speech- impaired citizens can dial 711. Potential sponsors may also write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services : The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at  health.mo.gov  or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity 
conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities 
may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD 3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html  and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
 
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

MATCP Hosts 21st Annual Treatment
Court Conference

Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) will host their 21st Annual Treatment Court Conference, Staying Alive: You Are The Heartbeat Of Your Treatment Court. The Conference is March 27-29, 2019 at the Hilton Convention Center and the Hilton Promenade in Branson, Mo. The event includes national speakers, along with information-packed workshops. You don’t have to work in a treatment court to attend the conference. It is open to anyone who provides services to individuals. For more information, visit this link .

Feel free to contact Stacey Langendoerfer at  modrugcourts@gmail.com .