As we wrap up the year, it is important to take a look back to inform our decisions for the upcoming year. Healthy Start is our flagship program at Nurture KC (and above are a few of the babies in our program). A national program, Healthy Start is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year while Nurture KC has been a partner for 18 years as a local grantee. Healthy Start is that unique program that combines a compassionate community health worker model with data collection that drives our efforts and holds us accountable. So, how did Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI) do this year in making a difference?

Through October 2021, KCHSI served 675 total participants. This includes 195 pregnant women, 156 inter-conception women, 285 children up to 18 months old and 39 men. Participation speaks to the quantity served but not to the quality of the programming. To capture program efficacy, there are 18 objectives included as part of our grant agreement. Each year of the five-year grant cycle requires us to get a step closer in compliance. These objectives address maternal health, infant health and family cohesion through male involvement. KCHSI is meeting or surpassing the objective goals in year three of the grant cycle in nearly every area with the exception of male program participation and participant participation in our Community Action Network (CAN). We have recently partnered with Total Man Community Development Corporation to refer male partners to their parenting program. We are restructuring our CAN to include our families in a way that isn’t burdensome for them. 

2021 saw the launch of our group counseling sessions to address perinatal mood disorders. We will continue that service under a new name, called Mother’s Voice, in 2022 and expand the offering to our Spanish-speaking mothers with Voz de la Madre. There will be additional services that we will announce throughout the year as we continually seek to improve health and wellness for the families we serve. Under the leadership of Shannon Williams and her community health worker team, we will build on this year’s success and use it as a starting point to improve maternal and infant health in Kansas City during the next year and beyond. As you read about our fundraising efforts over the last month in the articles that follow, know that we pursue these campaigns to continue to serve the KCHSI families in the ways that matter most to them.

With Gratitude,
Tracy Russell
Executive Director, Nurture KC
Giving Tuesday results are in

THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign! We surpassed our fundraising goal of $10,000, thanks to your generosity this holiday season. Also a big shout-out to our matching sponsors: McInnes Group, Inc. and Brown Button Estate Sales. We appreciate both of their support this holiday season.

Also noteworthy, Nurture KC was one of seven local non-profit organizations featured in The Kansas City Star for Giving Tuesday. Read the article here.
This coverage not only helps our campaign, but also raises overall brand awareness for Nurture KC in our community.
MATCH replay video now available

Did you miss Nurture KC Executive Director, Tracy Russell, discussing the maternal health needs of Kansas with the MATCH Coalition? (Along with Sharla Smith of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.) Watch the replay here. You don't want to miss this informative and enlightening discussion.

The mission of the MATCH Coalition is to be the leading advisor on digital health for maternal health, impacting policy, regulations and practices. Learn more at

Also related to improving maternal health needs, Nurture KC is one of 29 health-focused organizations urging Kansas legislators to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage for eligible mothers. This would save lives and money. Check out this article in the Kansas Reflector to learn more.
Thank you to Happy Bottoms for recognizing our work

We are honored to receive the 2021 Outstanding Agency Partner Award from Happy Bottoms! This partnership helps our families' babies stay clean, happy and healthy. On hand to accept the award were our Community Health Workers from Swope Health, Rodgers Health and our main Nurture KC headquarters, along with Kelly Clay of Happy Bottoms and Tracy Russell of Nurture KC. Happy Bottoms has been an outstanding partner, supplying our Healthy Start families with the diapers they need to make ends meet.
Still need a holiday gift? Check out this new partnership ...

Associated Humanity has selected Nurture KC to be its first charity of choice - giving back 55% of net revenue from to us through March of 2022! Check out their "people over profit" clothing and support Nurture KC with each purchase. Associated Humanity is a local
start-up collaborating with different designers and influencers to support local non-profits, like ours.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Nurture KC
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