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(continued from page 1) road three miles north and three cally with the high school prin- and three-fourth miles west of cipal. Coldwater. --Met with Larry Sharp of the --Approved a request from Kansas County Association Lehl'sWaterWellServicetolay Multi-line Pool (KCAMP) who a 1.25 inch water line across the presented the commissioners county road six miles south of with an award for being a mem- Coldwater and one-fourth mile ber of KCAMP for the past 25 west of US 160. years and being one of 32 char- --Discussed possible candi- ter members of the association, dates to appoint as the county's There are currently 66 counties representative to the Southwest in the association. He also gave Kansas Area Agency on Aging. a report on the KCAMP activi- --Met with Comanche ties and organization itself. County Fire Board President --Met with Comanche Brian Harris who informed the County Road and Bridge Super- commissioners that Larry Ellis visor Dennis Hemandez to dis- had resigned as Comanche cuss road and bridge matters. County Fire Chief. The fire --Approved a request from board, he said, had appointed Lasso Energy for permission to Greg Ellis as the new County run an electric line beneath the Chief. The fire board had also ap- Comanche County Is Part of Program pointed Larry Ellis as an unpaid assistant fire chief, and voted to raise Coldwater fire fighter Debra Adams' salary for handling pa- perwork for the county fire de- partment. Harris said that since the new fire chief already has health insurance through his employer, the county would no longer have to pay for health in- surance as they have been. The commissioners voted to approve the appointments and changes made by the fire board. Offers Supportto Breastfeeding Mothers by Robin Rziha, R_N, IBCLC, a role in helping a mother with Pawnee County nurturing her baby through Health Department breastfeeding," said Rziha. One year after the Pawnee She gives much credit to phy- County Health Department was sicians and hospitals in helping awarded a three-year grant to promote breastfeeding to their through the Kansas Health patients prenatally and referring Foundation to support breast- for classes and postpartum vis- feeding mothers and babies, the its if necessary.The classes and project team is amazed with the consultations really took off progress achieved and also op- once the word got out to the timistic with the work ahead, physicians. Physicians are inte- The Lactation Assistance gral to a woman starting out Access in all Counties Taking breastfeeding and continuing. Action (LAACT-Action) project IBCLC visits to the physi- addresses the need to increase cian's offices and hospitals, es- breastfeeding rates, specifically pecially the OB and Pediatric exclusive breastfeeding dura- providers have been critical to tion through six months, by pro- the success of this project. viding physician referred prena- The counties that have phy- tal breastfeeding education sicians encouraging their prena- classes to expectant women and tal patients to attend a breast- lactation consultations to feeding class have been the breastfeeding mothers after de- most successful.Research shows livery, that mothers who obtain breast- Public Health Departments in feeding education prenatally are 20 counties are participating in better prepared for a successful the project, including Comanche breastfeed'mg experience. County. Other counties partici- Julie Fields, IBCLC covers pating are Barber, Barton, Co- eight southcentral counties and manche, Edwards, Ellis, is based out of Pratt. She re- Ellsworth, Ford, Harper, Hodge- cently delivered her fourth child man, Kingman, Kiowa, Ness, in May and has managed to Pawnee, Pratt, Rice, Rooks, juggle being a new mother again Rush, Russell, Stafford, and with helping new moms. Trego Counties She feels this project has pro- The health departments as- vided the needed avenue for sist in linking physician referred mothers to reach assistance with expectant or breastfeeding breastfeeding. women to an lntemational Board "Prior to this project," said Certified Lactation Consultant Fields, "I had many moms con- (IBCLC) in their area. tact me as a lactation consultant Robin Rziha, RN, IBCLC is in private practice that were un- the project coordinator as well certain how they would pay for as the Pawnee County Health services out of pocket or how Department Administrator. She their insurance coverage would covers some of the counties as reimburse them. With the an IBCLC, teaching classes and LAACT-Action project we are making home visits to mothers, able to provide the services and "I enjoy working with expect- work with insurance companies ant women and assisting them to receive reimbursement. It has postpartum with breastfeeding, also encouraged the physicians It is extremely rewarding to play in my area to refer to me for lac- tation services knowing that the moms will not have unex- pected charges for these cov- ered services." Monique Homes, IBCLC in Hays, covers the north cen- tral counties. The grant project timeline originally had Holmes phas- ing in with her five counties of Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, and Trego starting January 2017, but with the demand of this service she has been pro- viding the in-home lactation consultations from the start and just last month started teaching classes in her five counties. Hays is the only commu- nity in the 20 county region served by the project that em- ploys an IBCLC in the hospi- tal. Working together with the IBCLC there, she has been able to provide continuity of care from hospital to home when mothers are most likely to encounter difficulties and abandon their goals for breast-feeding within the f'trst few weeks. The three IBCLCs met at the Pawnee County Health De- partment recently for a plan- ning meeting to share progress with each other and determine areas where a greater need of focus should be. The project goal is to give all mothers access to profes- sional lactation assistance in their communities. While IBCLCs are available in most regions of Kansas, they are rarely available through healthcare establishments, especially in rural areas. Sowell Orchards Greg Grahn, seller 20- to 22-pound box 530 Alliance Ag & Grain pumps, Coldwater 8/15 upcoming activities of South Central School First Day of Pre-School First Day of Fall Sports Practices Notice of Vote - City of Coldwater In adopting the 2017 budget the governing body voted to increase property taxes in an amount greater than the amount levied for the 2016 bud- get, adjusted by the 2015 CPI for all urban con- sumers. Five members voted in favor of the budget and one member voted against the budget. Thank you to everyone who supported our Dia- mond Athletic's drawing. The drawing will be August 28th. We will contact the winners of the prizes. If you want to come out and see what we are all about, the Diamond Showcase is Nov. 6 at the Civic Center. Saylem is on the Mini level 2 team and the Youth level 2 team. Addie is on the Senior level 3 team and the level 5 restricted team. Thanks again for all your support! 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