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Dr William Atkinson

Added 7/10/13

Center for Disease Control (Retired) - Now living in Harrisonville, MO Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus - Dr. Atkinson recently retired from twenty-three years working for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA.  He is a medical epidemiologist specializing in immunization.  During his tenure at CDC, he produced, wrote, and/or appeared in more than 100 broadcasts and web casts that were viewed by more than 300,000 healthcare providers. He also gave more than 600 invited lectures and taught more than 100 two-day training courses on immunization across the United States, addressing more than 150,000 attendees.  Health 678-787-4313
Gina Koons

Added 9/23/13

NorthCare Hospice and Palliative Care Hospice 101 gkoons@northcarehospice.org Health 816-912-9960


Melissa Pulis

Added 3/18/13

Child Life Dept, Children's Mercy Hospital Child Life Department - Child Life specialists strive to reduce the stress and anxiety accompanying hospitalization and other aspects of health care.  Child Life Specialists prepare children for medical tests and procedures by using dolls, pictures and words to help children understand their medical experiences. Child Life staff are also available to provide age appropriate activities and to support patients and families throughout their hospital stay.  Child Life specialists explain what to expect and teach coping skills to patients.  web site Health 816-234-3757



Jay Sjerven

added 7/24/12

United Nations Assoc of Greater Kansas City, President Kiwanis/UNICEF effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.  Other initiatives include the fight to eradicate polio, malaria, HIV-AIDS and other diseases that afflict children, particularly those in poor nations.  Other UN topics include Peacekeeping operations; and UN efforts to reduce world hunger. Health 816-756-1000 (office0

913-526-8863 (mobile)


Kay Johnston Bridging the Gap, KCMO Choose the Environment An education and action program that teaches people simple steps to protect the environment  see www.bridgingthegap.org Environment/Health 816-561-1087
Steve Hamilton

added 10/24/09

Grief Support Network Support for Grieving Children see www.griefsupportnetwork.org


Mental Health

Steve Hamilton, 913-648-1520 


Emily Fuhrman

added 3/16/09

ALS Association Keith Worthington Chapter The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  See www.alsa-midwest.org Health 913.648.2062 ext 222
Dr. Sarah Hempl

added 10/01/06

Children's Mercy Hospital Child Obesity Health (816) 983-6764
Pam Keenan, Mary Palmer or Leslie McLendon

Revised 7/31/12

Community Blood Center - KCMO Operation of the Community Blood Center
  • The Importance of blood transfusions
  • Gift of Smiles -- Sickle Cell Disease Program
Health 816-753-4040
Jill Dutton Life Line Screening Stroke Awareness workshop Health 800-897-9177 Ext. 2242
Fred Larson, biochemist Independence Crime Lab Drug Culture Health/Safety 816-796-5770, 816-461-7215
Joe Rhea Missouri Coalition For Lifesaving Cures Stem Cell Research in Missouri - an important tool for future research into possible cures for many of the health issues that we face today www.MissouriCures.com Health
888 866-2916 Toll Free Fax


Jeanetta Issa

added 7/18/08

Child Abuse Prevention Assn Child Abuse Prevention  www.childabuseprevention.org Safety 816-252-8388
Jeanetta Issa
Andy Bailey, Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service Forecast Office Severe Weather Safety - can come during seasons of stable weather only Safety 816-540-6134 x726
Kent Harris Fire Marshall - Olathe Only Bomb Trailer in Metro area Safety 913-393-6333
Phyllis Larimore US Dept of Transportation Auto Safety Seats Safety 816-234-1607
Rick Easley Director of KC Metropolitan Crime Commission (Former KCMO Police Chief) Area Crime Stories Safety 816-960-6800
Ryan Hedenkamp Safeguard Alarm Identity Theft - Home Safety Safety 785-979-2412