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Maternal and Child Health Division

The Maternal Child Health staff is dedicated to a variety of activities and programs that affect the health, safety, and well-being of mothers, children, and adolescents. MCH nurses are involved in many areas of needs assessment, capacity building, and service coordination.

Program Activities

  • Asthma
  • Childcare Classes
  • Immunization Audits
  • Immunization Clinic
  • Lead Prevention
  • Start Right Childcare Program
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Immunization Clinic

The Independence Health Department (IHD) will be providing adolescent and adult immunizations to the residents of our community starting in 2014.

The IHD program will allow vaccination for those with insurance. By providing vaccinations, we intend to increase access to preventive services through an additional point of distribution, staggered and convenient hours, and acceptance of commercial insurance.

Vaccines available for adults:

Vaccines available for adolescents:

More Information Coming Soon

Health Promotion Classes for Childcare Centers & Pre-schools

  • Hand Washing
  • My Plate: nutrition education
  • Organ Wise Guys; Healthy Habits
  • Show Me Your Smile: Oral Health
  • Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure

CPR & First Aid Classes for Childcare Providers

All classes are Saturday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Independence Health Department. Classes are $5 per person and require pre-registration. Class dates:

  • February 15th, 2014
  • May 17th, 2014
  • August 16th, 2014
  • November 15th, 2014

Childcare Provider Clock Hour Trainings

Classes are scheduled for every 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 6 p.m. at the Independence Health Department.

  • February 18th: Intruder Safety
  • March 18th: TBA
  • April 15th: Plant your Seeds and Watch Them Grow - Container Gardening
  • May 20th: Open Airways - Asthma
  • June 17th: Kindergarten: Ready or Not
  • July 19th: 
    • 8:00-9:00: Medication administration/Communicable disease reporting
    • 9:00-10:00: Safe Sleep/Injury Prevention
    • 10:00-11:00: Social Media and Health Promotion
    • 11:00-12:00: Healthy Eating
  • August 19th: Immunization Update
  • September 16th: Successful Techniques for Managing Behavior
  • October 21st: Start Right Program and Policy Development

For more information on classes and to register, please call 325-7185.

Spot the Tot

Every week in America there are four children killed in back-over accidents. Many more are injured. Back-over accidents occur because SUVs and vans have blind zones (bigger than blind spots) that make it impossible to see small children behind the vehicle.

Therefore, it is important during summer months to follow these steps in order to keep kids safe.

  • Be sure to firmly hold the hand of children when in driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.
  • All drivers should do a safety look to check for children walking or playing around cars.
  • All drivers should walk all the way around a parked vehicle to check for kids, toys and pets before entering, starting or moving the car.
  • Make sure young children are always accompanied by an adult when getting in or out of your vehicle.
  • Have children stand on the porch or somewhere you can see them before backing up.

For more information visit Safe Kids Worldwide

Not Even for a Minute

Summer is a busy time and everyone is in a hurry. You may be tempted to leave your child in the car for "just a minute" while you run into the store. DON'T DO IT! There are very real dangers for children left alone in a vehicle.

  • Abduction
  • Temperature inside a car can quickly reach deadly levels
  • Children can accidently set the car in motion
  • Children can become trapped and even killed by a power window
  • Items in the glove compartment or first aid kit could be harmful or toxic to children

For more information visit Children's Trust Fund of Missouri

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that involves inflammation of airways in the lungs. There is no cure, but it can be treated and controlled. During an asthma attack three basic things occur in the lungs - the inside of the airways swell, airways muscle spasms occur and mucous builds up. Asthma affects all age groups from infants to senior adults. There are many different theories on why asthma occurs, but no definite explanation.

Approximately 18% of the students in the Independence School District have asthma, and it is the most common reason children miss school. Symptoms vary per person, but some common symptoms include a cough with or without sputum, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and/or chest tightness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see your physician.

Asthma episodes can be triggered by a variety of factors including pollen, smoke, mold, animals, cockroaches, dust, weather, exercise, infections, emotions, strong smells, etc. Over 80% of those with asthma also have allergies. Treatment for asthma includes avoiding the factors that can start an attack and taking medication to control the inflammation in the airways.

The Independence Health Department takes an active role in working with children and adults with asthma. Children in the Independence School District are presented the American Lung Association's Open Airways program and the Allergy and Asthma Foundation's. This program helps the students understand their asthma and learn to take charge of their asthma. Classes are also presented to adults, bus drivers, childcare workers, teachers, after-school workers and caretakers.

If you would like more information about asthma, contact Dee Hampton at (816) 325-7320 or dhampton@indepmo.org

Additional Information:

Lead Prevention

Today at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. According to 2012 Missouri blood lead testing data, 4,672 children under the age of six who were tested had blood lead levels between 5 and 9.9 µg/dL. 728 children under the age of six had blood lead levels equal or greater to 10 µg/dL, CDC’s previous level of concern. For more information visit Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

For more information on Maternal Child Health activities, call 325-7185.

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