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Monthly Observances: March
Women's History Month
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. AnthonySojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." This theme is "both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history."
Endometriosis Awareness Month
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (tissue similar to the lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus.

Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide regardless of their ethnic and social background. Many remain undiagnosed and are therefore not treated.
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrial stroma and glands, which should only be located inside the uterus) is found elsewhere in the body. It is generally acknowledged that an estimated 10% of all women during their reproductive years (from the onset of menstruation to menopause) are affected by endometriosis.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, but a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain that doesn’t correlate to her cycle – this is what makes this disease/condition so unpredictable and frustrating. For many women, the pain of endometriosis is so severe and debilitating that it impacts their lives in significant ways.

It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis may not be able to have children.
National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

Nutrition Month - Weekly Goals

Week One: Eat a variety of nutritious foods.
  • Include healthful foods from all food groups
  • Learn how to read Nutrition Facts labels
  • Incorporate your favorite cultural foods and traditions
Week Two: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN
  • Find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs
  • Receive personalized nutrition information
Week Three: Plan your meals and snacks
  • Choose healthful recipes to make during the week
  • Use a grocery list to shop for nutritious foods
  • Make healthful food and drink choices when away from home
Week Four: Create tasty foods at home
  • Learn cooking and meal preparation skills
  • Try new flavors and foods from around the world
  • Enjoy your meals with friends or family, when possible
Week Five: Put it all together
  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods
  • See a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Plan your meals and snacks
  • Create tasty foods at home
Upcoming Coalition Meetings
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting will be held on March 8, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting number (access code): 2557 166 5288
Meeting password: p9U8MQjBj6K

JOIN BY PHONE
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting will be held on March 10, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Now accepting nominations for Treasurer!
Please send nominations to Tori at Tori.Diego@DignityHealth.org
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Health Care Transitions: ECHO Series for Professionals
Starting March 2, 2022 from Noon - 1:00 p.m.
The Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Project ECHO, invites you to a multi-part, interactive, informational series on health care transition for children and youth with special health care needs.
 
This series is for health care workers including physicians, nurses, school nurses, medical practice office managers, dentists, clinical professional counselors and others! Continuing education will be offered including AMA PRA Category 1, Nursing, and MFT/CPC.
 
The Youth Health Care Transition series will begin on March 2nd, 2022 at noon via Zoom.
Series Dates:
March 2 & 16
April 6 & 20
May 4 & 18
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.
Join this year's Maternal Mental Health FORUM hosted by 2020 Mom! Come together with 900+ cross-sector stakeholders in health care - including health systems, employer purchasers, insurers, public health and other government agencies, mothers, and more.

Join keynotes and panels to discuss:
  • Screening: Increase rates and doing no harm
  • Achieving health equity in mental health; progress made and next steps
  • MMH as a first PACE: Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • A missing link in MMH - levels of care and stepped care approaches
  • Prevention models for clinical, community and text settings
  • A special live performance

You can use one of our codes at checkout based on your location:
DIGNITYNORTH
DIGNITYSOUTH
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.  

Tentative Schedule:
  • 5k Race Registration- 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Race warm up 7:45 a.m.
  • 5k Walk/Run Start Time- 8 a.m.
  • Family Loop Start Time- 8:30 a.m.
  • Northern Nevada Latch On Registration Begins- 9am Get your swag bags while supplies last!
  • Kids Race Start Time - 9:30 a.m.
  • Northern Nevada Latch On - 10:00 a.m.
  • Kids Fair - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with free classes and activities
Important Updates & Resources
FDA Recall on Powdered Infant Formula

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate cases of Cronobacter-sakazakii infection in multiple states linked to powdered infant formula that originated from a single Abbott Nutrition production facility in Michigan. Three brands of powdered infant formula were recalled on February 17, 2022, for possible Cronobacter contamination. FDA is investigating several consumer complaints about sick infants who were fed powdered formula.

Recalled powdered infant formulas are Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. Do not use these brands if they meet all three of these conditions:
  • The first two digits of the code (lot number) are 22 through 37, AND
  • The code on the container contains “K8,” “SH,” or “Z2,” AND
  • The use by date (expiration date) is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

Abbott has also provided a website where consumers can check the lot number on their product to see if it is included in the recall: https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/product-lookup.html.

Do not feed infants recalled powdered formula. Throw it away or return it for a refund. Visit FDA’s website for more information.

The first symptom of Cronobacter infection in infants is usually a fever, accompanied by poor feeding, crying, or very low energy. You should take an infant with these symptoms to the doctor.

Follow these five guidelines to protect your baby from Cronobacter:
  1. Breastfeed.
  2. Clean, sanitize and store feeding items and breast pump parts safely.
  3. Consider using liquid formula when possible.
  4. Prepare and store powdered infant formula safely.
  5. Keep hands clean.

For more information about each of these five guidelines, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/cronobacter/infection-and-infants.html/
Updated Interim Clinical Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccine Use

On Feb. 4, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) revised the Interim Clinical Considerations for administering booster doses and additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to moderate to severely immunocompromised persons aged 5 years and older.
Lighthouse of Restoration
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 info@immunizenevada.org.
Postpartum Support International
Information
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 Counseling - 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
THANK YOU
Health Plan of Nevada for becoming a Gold Sponsor!
Through this sponsorship, we will be able to provide New Mama Care Kits to low income Black mothers in recognition of Black Maternal Health Week, which is April 11 - 17, 2022.
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 Tori.Diego@DignityHealth.org.
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 | www.nvmch.org