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National Observances: February
American Heart Month
American Heart Month isn’t just for lovers. February also reminds us to take care of our hearts and consider our risk factors. Believe it or not, heart disease can happen at any age. However, some risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable. American Heart Month teaches us how we can help reduce our risks while eliminating those we have control over. Do you have one of these risk factors for cardiovascular disease? Obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanHeartMonth
Visit to learn more about the risks and how to prevent heart disease and stroke. Use #AmericanHeartMonth to share on social media.

Review these signs for heart disease risk:
  1. High blood pressure. Millions of people in the United States have high blood pressure, and millions of them are as young as 40 or 50. If you are one of them, talk to your doctor about ways to control it.
  2. High cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity are all conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease. If you fall into this category, work on eating healthy and getting some physical activity a few times a week.
  3. Smoking cigarettes. Over 35 million adults in America are smokers, and thousands of young people pick up the habit daily. If you’re a smoker, do your best to quit or cut down. It’s what’s best for your health.
National Black History Month
National Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, during February is a time for all Americans to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. In addition, the month recognizes the central role of Black Americans in history.

This year's theme for Black History Month, "Black Health and Wellness", takes a look at how American healthcare has often underserved the African-American community.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has recently shown, a widespread disparity of access to quality healthcare negatively impacts outcomes for blacks and other minorities.

  1. Visit a museum - History comes alive in a nation's museums, and many of these institutions have events, conferences, and celebrations surrounding Black History Month. Get out there and see first-hand the American nation's collective historical treasures.
  2. Contact an elected official - One of the best ways to get the ball rolling toward a better society is by contacting members of Congress. Ask them what they have planned for Black History Month and what specific legislative actions they plan to take to ensure that your community never backtracks in its pledge to provide opportunities for each and every person.
  3. Read, read, and read some more - Libraries and bookstores — not to mention online repositories and booksellers — are positively overflowing with amazing works of Black literature, history, and biography. Find a book about a piece of Black history that you were previously unaware of and get educated.
National Cancer Prevention Month
Nearly everyone who receives a life-changing diagnosis asks if there was anything they could have done to prevent it. National Cancer Prevention Month tackles that question during February.

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1.9 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Nearly half of those diagnoses are breast, prostate, lung, pancreas, or colon cancers. And yet, more than 40 percent of all cancer diagnoses can be linked to a preventable cause – nearly half.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CancerPreventionMonth
Take prevention seriously in February and learn more about lessening your risk factors. We can’t do anything about hereditary risks, but there are many steps we can do to better our odds of avoiding a cancer diagnosis. Other ways to participate include:
  • Support research into preventative measures.
  • Encourage your loved ones to join you on a journey of prevention.
  • Speak to your doctor about your risk factors.
Use #CancerPreventionMonth to join the conversation.
Upcoming Coalition Meetings
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting will be held on February 8, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Access Code: 2552 248 6584
Password: Vpcy6vF2Gu2

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting will be held on February 10, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 927 6240 6958
Password: NVMCH

Now accepting nominations for Treasurer!
Please send nominations to Tori at
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Overview for Healthcare Providers: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children with Special Health Care Needs including Children Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
February 8, 2022, from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. PST
This webinar will provide healthcare providers with an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on children with special healthcare needs, including children living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We’ll discuss the ways in which systematic health and social inequities have disproportionately impacted children living with disabilities and their risk of getting sick from COVID-19, including the impact on children living with chronic medical conditions. We’ll cover talking points about the COVID-19 Vaccine for parents with children with special healthcare needs, including children living with disabilities, as well as considerations to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 Vaccine, including for children who are home-bound. Finally, we’ll discuss CDC Guidelines for the COVID-19 booster shots, including recommendations for children who are immunocompromised. We’ll end with an opportunity for questions for Dr. Vanessa Slots, President of the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Trainings
In this 60-minute virtual training, you will gain a better understanding of what PMADs are, who is impacted, learn the risk factors associated with PMADs, how stigma discourages women from getting care, and identify local resources and referral systems.

Please click on the sessions below to register.
Walk with a Doc
Sunday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m.
For the February 2022 walk, we welcome Nevada AAP President Dr. Vanessa Slots who will give a brief, family-friendly talk on Well-Care During COVID-19 and then take your questions live.
Baby's Bounty Diaper Banks

To date, Baby’s Bounty has provided its diaper bank services to more than 17,000 families in Southern Nevada. It is closing in on its 1 millionth diaper and 3 millionth baby wipe given away. The diaper bank runs once a month at each of its three locations: Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas. Baby’s Bounty distributes a week’s worth of diapers and wipes per child.

North Las Vegas Location: 2420 N. Martin Luther King Blvd, N. Las Vegas, NV 89032
Wednesday, February 9 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Las Vegas Location: 3400 W. Desert Inn, Rd, Ste 24, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Wednesday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
2022 Liquid Gold 5k & Northern Nevada Latch On
Saturday, May 21st
University of Nevada, Reno Campus
The annual Liquid Gold 5k and Northern Nevada Latch On will occur on Saturday, May 21st on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. This fundraising event is intended to promote community awareness and gain support for normalizing breastfeeding and feeding of mother's milk. 

The beautiful morning starts off at the University of Nevada, Knowledge Center. Our well marked course winds through the University campus and after the race please stay for our great family event. There will be a children's fair, kid/family friendly vendors, post race snacks and drinks, and a raffle. And don't forget The Big Latch On which will take place after the race too! We will have swag bags for those participating in the Northern Nevada Latch On event.
Liquid Gold 5k is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.  
T shirts: All running participants registered by April 30th will receive a free T-shirt. All other participants will have the option to purchase a T-shirt for $15. Top prizes will be awarded to the overall winner and 1st stroller.
Now Hiring!
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health section is partnering with the CDC Foundation to recruit for the following contracted positions.  All jobs are now posted and ready for applicants!
Important Updates & Resources
CDC recently released a new webpage and suite of materials for health care professionals as it relates to the Hear Her campaign, which seeks to reduce pregnancy-related deaths. Over 700 women die due to pregnancy-related complications each year. These deaths can occur during pregnancy and up to a year after the end of pregnancy. Two in three pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Health care professionals play a critical role in eliminating preventable maternal mortality. The website contains specific information for obstetric providers, pediatric staff, and other health care professionals.

Obstetric professionals such as OBGYNs, obstetric nurses, midwives, and women’s health nurse practitioners have an opportunity to provide important education to pregnant and postpartum patients about the urgent maternal warning signs. It’s important for obstetric providers to build trust with patients when prenatal care begins and encourage them to share any concerns they may have.

Pediatricians, pediatric nurses, and other pediatric staff can be an important connection to care for postpartum people. Women can suffer from pregnancy complications up to a year after birth. When doing infant check-ups, pediatric staff can ask moms how they are feeling and listen for urgent maternal warning signs that may be mentioned.

Emergency department staff, EMTs/paramedics, urgent care staff, primary care providers, mental health professionals, and many others have an important role to play in asking about recent pregnancy status and recognizing the signs and symptoms of pregnancy-related complications. It’s critical for health care professionals to always ask if patients are pregnant or were pregnant in the last year. 

Campaign materials include posters, palm cards, shareable graphics, and sample social media content in English and Spanish. Clinical resources and tools from a variety of organizations are also featured. Information for healthcare professionals can be found at here
Count the Kicks
Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign that provides educational resources to healthcare providers and expectant parents. Paying attention to movements helps expectant parents get to know what's normal for their baby and speak up if they notice a change. They've partnered with Health Plan of Nevada to be able to provide FREE materials to the community to get the word out.
Mobile COVID-19 & Flu Vaccine Vendor

Is your organization or group interested in hosting a COVID-19 and/or flu vaccine clinic? You can now fill out a request form for Immunize Nevada to assist in these efforts!

If you have any questions, please contact Immunize NV at
Postpartum Support International
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
  • Are you feeling sad or depressed?
  • Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
  • Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
  • Do you feel anxious or panicky?
  • Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
  • Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
  • Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
  • Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
  • Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?

Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover.

You are not alone and you are not to blame. Help is available. You will get better.
HelpLine: 1.800.944.4773
Text in English: 800-944-4773 | Text en Español: 971-203-7773
Northern Nevada Postpartum Support & Therapists
Call for More Information
  • Thrive Wellness of Reno - 775-525-8103
  • Megan Kornbluth - 530-580-8848.
  • Quest - Alyson Mullen - 775-786-6880.
  • Amber Creek - Rachel Goforth - 775-575-2144.
  • Desert Bloom Wellness - Caitlyn Wallace - 775-453-4149
  • Healing Home Counseling - Ashley Hanna Morgan - 775-391-0781

Dignity Health
Free Virtual Classes & Workshops
Dignity Health Community Outreach is offering online and hybrid fitness, wellness, and children's classes.
Are you uninsured? Enrollment Counselors are available for enrollment assistance. You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and incentives to help pay monthly premiums.

Call for an appointment at 702-616-4904

Spanish-Speaking Navigators Available
Virtual and phone-based assistance is available
New Mama Care Kits
Southern Nevada Organizations interested in distributing New Mama Care Kits to new moms are encouraged to contact
In March 2021 the Southern Nevada Maternal and Child Health Coalition launched its first direct client services program, sponsored by Anthem Nevada Medicaid. Our “New Mama Care Kits” will assist low-income women by providing them with after birth supplies including pads to manage the flow, hemorrhoid wipes, sanitary wipes to keep stitches clean, hand sanitizer, and undergarments. The kits will also include important information and resources regarding infant safe sleep, immunizations, and postpartum depression.
Thank You Platinum Sponsors
Anthem Nevada Medicaid & Molina Healthcare
Helpful Information
Calling All First Time Moms!
You may be eligible to receive services from a personal nurse through Nurse Family Partnership
Each year, hundreds of thousands of babies are born to vulnerable first-time moms facing serious challenges. Nurse-Family Partnership provides first-time moms with specially trained nurses to help them be the best moms they can be!

Over 40 years of evidence show the measurable, long-lasting difference Nurse-Family Partnership makes in the lives of moms and their children.
Many more moms and babies need our help!
Learn About MCH Initiatives
Go Before You Show
The Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition, in coordination with Washoe County Health District, is launching the Go Before You Show® campaign statewide. The mission of Go Before You Show® is simple -- to affect social awareness and create long term change by promoting the importance of women seeing a doctor early in their pregnancy to help improve their health and the health of their baby. Women are encouraged to see a doctor early if they think they might be pregnant or before their twelfth week of pregnancy.
Go to Nevada 2-1-1 for more information

The MCH coalition has flyers to distribute for the community. If your organization would like flyers, please contact Tori Diego by email
Sober Moms, Healthy Babies
The mission is to reduce the impact of substance use in Nevada. One of the primary goals is to prevent alcohol and drug use among women of childbearing years and women currently pregnant. To achieve this goal, they have partnered with many of the treatment centers in the state that treat pregnant women struggling with addiction. Overall, for State Fiscal Year 2013, SAPTA funded 22 treatment organizations, providing services in 68 locations throughout Nevada. Together, these providers had 11,907 treatment admissions. Sober Moms, Healthy Babies provide many resources if you are looking for help or if you are wanting to help someone else. 
Medical Home Portal
The Medical Home Portal is a unique source of reliable information about children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), offering a “one-stop shop” for families, physicians and medical home teams, and other professionals and other caregivers. The portal's mission is to assist and support professionals and families in working together (the Medical Home model) to care and advocate for CYSHCN by providing reliable and useful information about their conditions and caring for them and knowledge of valuable local and national services and resources.
Nevada Tobacco Quitline
Quitting tobacco is a process. Whether you are thinking about quitting, are not yet ready to quit, or have already quit, Nevada Tobacco Quit line can help you with each step of the way.

For more information please click here.
The NV Statewide MCH Coalition sub-grant is supported by the Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) through Grant Number B04MC29352 and BO4MC30626 from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the State of Nevada General Fund.
NVMCH | Phone: (702) 616-4912 |