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					                                 PARTNERING TOGETHER
                                               (A publication from the Bureau of Special Health Care Needs - Family Partnership)
                                                                                                          Southern Missouri
                                                                                                                 Spring 2007
Four Missouri Moms head to Washington D.C. to attend
conference educating professionals & legislators on
family experiences of having children, youth &                                  Disappointments in Life
adolescents with special health care needs                                                Author unknown
   Karen Bennett (Mokane), & Lorinda Grauel (Excelsior Springs),
both active members of Family Partnership, were two Missouri
                                                                           If you are like me, don’t we always hope to
moms awarded an all expense paid trip to attend the 2007
                                                                           luck-out: win a million in the lotto or inherit
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)                    a fortune from a rich uncle? However, I
conference in Washington, D.C. which focused on building healthy           haven’t been that lucky. In fact, I often swim
communities. The scholarships, valued at $2,500 each & funded              in a sea of disappointments. While trying to
through AMCHP’s Family Scholar program, consisted of airfare,              survive, I have noticed a universal truth: my
hotel accommodations, meals, & registration fees for the                   success comes often from disappointments.
conference. Nationally, there were 19 scholarships available.              When a problem arises that is sometimes
Karen & Lorinda were each nominated by their Family Partner                profoundly painful & I address that
because of their enthusiasm for family involvement & improving             misfortune, I often find success. This
systems. The FP’s then submitted their names to Missouri’s Title V         happens so often that whenever something
program (the Bureau of Special Health Care Needs) where the                bad occurs, my first response is how can I
applications were forwarded to AMCHP.                                      transform this negative into a positive? Here
   Lorinda says of the conference, “I had a blast ---I am even             are several guidelines that I use:
gutsier than I thought & I learned so much, met fantastic people &
                                                                           1.   Don’t panic. Avoid becoming like
future contacts, & am more pumped up than ever. Thanks again
for nominating me--it was truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience           Henny Penny. The sky isn’t falling.
that I will cherish forever.”                                              However, if you think it is, it will seem that
                                                                           way.
    Other members of Family Partnership attending the
conference were Amanda Harness (Independence), Carla Sandwell              2.   Assume that a blessing is being
(of Springfield & Missouri Family Delegate for AMCHP) & FP
                                                                           disguised in the problem. Unless you
Project Coordinator, Jayna Slade. After attending the AMCHP
                                                                           go from winning the lotto to inheriting huge
conference as a Family Scholar in 2006, Amanda was invited to
participate in The Catalyst Center’s study on Financial Hardships
                                                                           sums, you will have to look for success in the
on families by seeking & giving input from families for the study.         problems of life. The problems are far more
Amanda, who received a scholarship from The Catalyst Center,               prevalent than luck.
gave a heartfelt presentation to a standing room only audience of          3.   Look for ways to lever the bad
the emotional & financial hardships on parents & caregivers of             into a good. This is the theory behind the
children with special health care needs. WAY TO GO, AMANDA!                adage about when life gives you lemons;
   To be considered for the 2008 Family Scholar award contact              make lemonade.
your Family Partner & visit www.amchp.org for more information.
                                                                           4.     Keep a positive mental attitude.
                                                                           Henry Ford said, “You can believe you can
                                                                           or you can believe you can’t, either way you
                                                                           will be correct.”
                                                                           5.  Assume that success will come
                                                                           from setbacks. Make success a contest
                                                                           between you & your problem. Go for the
                                                                           gold, & success will reward you.




  Karen Bennett discusses with Karla Klingner, Legislative Assistant
  to Sen. Kit Bond, the importance of funding mental health services
  for Missourians.
                         2007 PARENT, CAREGIVER OR FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS
  APRIL
                             "Practical Solutions for Educating your children with Down Syndrome"
     2         Where: High Street Baptist Church. Cost: FREE for parents/caregivers
6:30 – 8:30p   This parent session will be a condensed version of the professional session being held tomorrow.
               For Registration call The Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks at (417) 885-9905.
               .             "Practical Solutions for Educating your children with Down Syndrome"

     3         Where: Springfield – Lamplighter Inn North 2820 N Glenstone            Cost: $25 per person
               The Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks & The Network are hosting this event. Continental breakfast will
8am – 12pm     be served. Ozark Technical Community College will provide .4CEU's for an additional $10.00.
               For Registration call The Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks at (417) 885-9905.
                                    “Grandparents as Parents & Kincare” – Family Partnership
               Where: Springfield – The Library Station, 2535 North Kansas Expressway
               Register Online: http://familypartnership-gr&parents.eventbrite.com
     5         Cost: FREE for Parents/Caregivers & $20 Professionals (Early Bird) $25 at door
10am – 2:00    For more information: Carla Sandwell, Southern Family Partner at fvmo@mchsi.com, by calling
               (417) 619-2609 or visit www.dhss.mo.gov/FamilyPartnership/
                                     Power Up 2007 Assistive Technology Conference & Expo
               Where: Holiday Inn Select, Columbia, MO
 23-24         For more information: www.at.mo.gov/Powerup/powerup.shtm or Brenda Whitlock at (816) 373–5193;
               (800) 647–8557 (MO only); (800) 647–8558 (TTY, within MO); Email bwhitlck@swbell.net
                                                     “Gateway to Your Dreams”
 27-29         Where: Hilton Frontenac, St. Louis
               For more information: People First of Missouri (800) 558-8652 or visit www.missouripeoplefirst.org
   MAY
                                       “Transitioning into Adulthood” – Family Partnership
               Where: Springfield – The Library Station, 2535 North Kansas Expressway
               Register Online: http://familypartnership-transition.eventbrite.com
   31          Cost: FREE for Parents/Caregivers & $20 Professionals (Early Bird) $25 at door.
               For more information: Carla Sandwell, Southern Family Partner at fvmo@mchsi.com, by calling
               (417) 619-2609 or visit www.dhss.mo.gov/FamilyPartnership/
 AUGUST
                                  35th National Down Syndrome Congress National Convention
   3-5         Where: Westin Crown Center – Kansas City
               For more information: www.ndsccenter.org or (800) 232-NDSC
                                    Destination: Inclusion! 2007 Family-to-Family Conference
               Sponsored by the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
 10-11         Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Independence, MO
               For more information: www.mpcdd.com or contact Vicky Davidson or Pam Byars at (800) 500-7878

Carla Sandwell, Southern Family Partner
Miller County Health Center
PO Box 2
Tuscumbia MO 65082-0002

				
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