ARCHS participated in a January 27, 2016 White House Conversation on Child Hunger. ARCHS' Wendell E. Kimbrough and Les Johnson provided an overview of Missouri's highly successful "Summer EBT for Children" program in partnership with the state of Missouri, Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT), Local Investment Commission (LINC), and school districts in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Mississippi County.
Since 2012, ARCHS' program has provided more than 14,400 area students with enhanced summer food benefits. At the event, the White House announced a series of new federal investments in preventing child hunger.
ARCHS' White House presentation (23:40 and 43:30)
ARCHS' youth mentoring program was featured on KPLR-TV (Channel 11) on January 25, 2016. ARCHS' Kristy Kight provided an overview of ARCHS' mentoring activities in partnership with Missouri's Division of Youth Services and Fathers' Support Center. Since 2010, more than 440 youth have been provided mentoring services - with a majority working on completing their high school degrees and not returning to the juvenile corrections system.
ARCHS has partnered with area school nurses over the years to promote a variety of healthcare programs. Currently, the Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis program works with school nurses to provide vision screenings that benefit thousands of area students. Missouri KIDS COUNT®, has authored a series of feature stories that recognize the hard work and dedication of school nurses and their efforts to keep our children, schools, and communities healthy. ARCHS serves as St. Louis' KIDS COUNT® partner.
These articles address the chronicity of the conditions that school nurses address in the school setting. Where many nurses work in settings such as hospitals, clinics, or nursing homes, and among colleagues providing peer support and consultation, the school nurse is often the only health professional in the school setting.
School nurses represent a unique nursing discipline requiring care and support for a wide range of children - from those with medically complex and chronic diseases to fully healthy children - all set in a non-healthcare environment.
Despite the disappointing news that the St. Louis Rams will be leaving St. Louis, ARCHS would like to thank the Rams players and staff for their support of our programs.
Over the years, the Rams have donated tickets that have allowed hundreds of youth who participate in ARCHS' programs to attend their first professional supporting event. As well, the Rams invited several of our programs to Rams' Park to be a part of the National Football League's (NFL) Play60 Campaign.
ARCHS specifically acknowleges Rams' staffers Nicole Woodie and Zach Kinkeade for working with ARCHS to coordinate these fun and educational outings. ARCHS continues to partner with The Muny, Saint Louis University Billikens, and dozens of other groups to enhance our programs that serve more than 90,000 St. Louisans each year.
Since open enrollment began on November 1, more than 250,000 Missourians signed-up for health coverage through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace that gives uninsured Missourians a way to compare plans and buy affordable health insurance.
As the holiday season ends and people set goals for a healthier 2016, there is still time to sign-up for quality health coverage through the Marketplace. Most Missourians are required to have health insurance or face a penalty. And most Missouri Marketplace enrollees qualify for tax credits to lower their costs.
ARCHS encourages community, faith-based, and small business leaders, employees in child care and social services industries, and those who serve low-income families to encourage people to sign-up before open enrollment ends on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
ARCHS is one of 700+ members of the Cover Missouri Coalition -- a project of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) that aims to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than five percent in the next five years. In August 2015, ARCHS was awarded a grant from MFH as part of a new push to help increase awareness among those who remain uninsured.
To enroll: Visit www.covermissouri.org to find local help with enrollment or call 1-800-466-3213 to set up an appointment with a local assister.