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At Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium we are proud of our long history of being an active part of our Bootheel community. Part of this commitment to community is carried out through our annual events as well as our educational classes, meetings, and community baby showers.
Our Low Birth Weight Conference every April is an opportunity for providers and experts to speak to the local health community as well as community members at large about topics impacting the health of women and children. The 2018 theme was Maternal Mortality and speakers included Dr. Alan Barnette from the St. Francis NICU and Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This event also features tables from area organizations, highlighting their programs.
In May we celebrate Motherhood at our Motherhood Celebration and Community Baby Shower. This event sees the awarding of the Healthy Start Mother of the Year and features guest speakers. This is aimed at pregnant women and mothers of all walks of life in the Bootheel counties.
June is devoted to Fatherhood with our Fatherhood Celebration. This is an opportunity to really look at the amazing men in the Bootheel and the impact they have on their children. This event features free health screenings, guest speakers, and the Father of the Year award.
For back-to-school in August we have the Take a Kid Fishing Clinic, the largest and one of the oldest of MBRC’s events. Hundreds of families come out to Comb’s Lake in Kennett for a day of fishing, boating, food, and fun. This event is held in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the assistance of the Missouri National Guard.
September sees the Infant Mortality Conference, the cornerstone of MBRC’s educational programming. Held every year since 1997, this event looks at the staggering rate of infant mortality in the Missouri Bootheel and brings in experts from around the country to discuss how best to continue fighting to lower that rate.
Throughout the year we have CAN meetings, classes, and community baby showers in all of the counties of our service area. These events are open to anyone in the public who wishes to attend and learn more about their health, ways to help the community, and how to improve birth outcomes for Missouri babies.