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Megan Schwarzrock, UNR
Upcoming Training's and Events
Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
7th Annual Nurturing Naturally
April 13th, 2019 I 10:00am-2:00pm
Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89107
The Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition will be hosting their 7th annual Nurturing Naturally event. This breastfeeding resource fair is free and open to the public.

The Nevada Leadership
in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
Deadline April 15th, 2019
The Nevada Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NvLEND) is pleased to announce the recruitment of 14 trainees from diverse professional disciplines from Nevada for the 2020 class.The NvLEND improves the health of infants,children, and adolescents with autism and other disabilities by preparing practicing professionals, parents, and graduate trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and by developing high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence. LEND programs consider family and consumers a discipline. Consequently,parents/family members of children with disabilities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to participate in the training.

March of Dimes
Becoming a Mom / Comenzando Bein
Facilitator Training Webinar
April 25th, 2019 I 12:00pm-1:30pm PT
Becoming a Mom/ Comenzando Bien is a bilingual curriculum designed to help pregnant women in a group setting to learn about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
March of Dimes will host this free webinar to provide information and resources for educators who work with pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Participants will learn about implementing the Becoming a Mom/ Comenzando Bien curriculum.

Immunize Nevada
Douglas County Community Baby Fair
April 25th, 2019 I 8:00am-12:00pm
Douglas County Community Center Gym, 1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville NV 89410
Come join the fun and protect the whole family by getting recommended vaccines. This free event will have family friendly activities, and offer free or low cost vaccinations available for the whole family.

Immunize Nevada
Reno Community Baby Fair
April 27th, 2019 I 11:00am-3:00pm
Meadowood Mall, 5000 Meadowood Mall Cir, Reno NV 89502
Come join the fun and protect the whole family by getting recommended vaccines. This free event will have family friendly activities, and offer free or low cost vaccinations available for the whole family.

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Organization of the Sierras
2nd Annual Biennial Bereavement Conference
April 27th, 2019 I 7:30am-4:30pm
Renown Regional Medical Center Mack Auditorium, 1155 Mill St, Reno NV 89502
This day long conference will cover ethical issues surrounding perinatal loss. Join medical professionals and gain insight that will help guide care-giving for families during ethical dilemmas. CEUs/CMEs offered.

Suicide Awareness Training
May 1st, 2019 I 9:00am-12:00pm
Elko County School Resource Office, 1092 Burns Ave, Elko NV 89801
SafeTALK is a suicide alertness training for everyone. In only a few hours, you will learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Expect to leave SafeTALK more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

Southern Nevada Health District
Baby Fest Immunizations & Health Fair
May 3rd, 2019 I 11:00am-4:00pm
Las Vegas
The Southern Nevada Health District, Immunize Nevada, and other partner organizations are again coming together to present a health fair for babies and their families during National Infant Immunization Week.

For a vendor table during the health fair, contact Rosanna Silva-Minnich at or (702)759-0874.

Motivational Interviewing Training
Training's Available in Las Vegas and Reno in May
This two-day training will introduce participants to the theory, spirit, four processes, and key strategies of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will have a number of opportunities for practice and skills development through the use of role-plays, real-plays, and interactive group exercises. Video and live demonstrations will also be used to enhance the learning process.

Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
Babies Bloom with Breastmilk
May 11th, 2019
Come celebrate mothers during our Babies Bloom with Breastmilk event on Saturday, May 11th. All breastfeeding mothers, pumping mothers, mothers nursing toddlers, and siblings, as well as all breastfeeding supporters welcomed to attend this event. All individuals participating in the group photo shoot, please wear spring/pastel colors.

For more information please email

The Fearless Kind
Gender and Age Specific Treatment for
Substance Use Disorders
Programs are available for young adult women between the ages of 18-25 seeking recovery from substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.Programs offered depend on individual client needs.

Teen Success INC
Empowering Teen Mothers, Transforming Lives
Young Successful Moms Stick Together
Young mothers who are pregnant for the first time or have one child may be eligible to join the program to learn new parenting skills, assistance to continue education, and gain fun experiences with peers.

The Nevada Childhood
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The Nevada Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (NvCLPPP) aims to eliminate one of the most preventable environmental outcomes in children – lead poisoning.
Many people think that lead exposure is not a problem in Western states like Nevada because much of our housing is newer. However, older homes exist in our state, and lead exposure may come from many other sources, such as imported spices, toys, jewelry, cultural items, and parents whose occupations or hobbies may bring lead into the home.
Lead exposure can result in lower IQ and impulse control, slowed growth and development, and hearing and speech problems. Often times a child may have no symptoms. Therefore, it’s important that children get tested at 12 and 24 months, or at least once before they turn six. We want all children to have the opportunity to start school ready to learn and to succeed.

The Center for Breastfeeding
Lactation Counselor Training Course & CLC Certification Exam
July 29th-August 2nd 2019 I 8:15am-4:30pm
Las Vegas
The Lactation Counselor Training Course is a comprehensive, evidence based, breastfeeding management course with a strong focus on clinical counseling and assessment skills. Participants build on theoretical foundations to gain practical skills and verify competency as well as optimizing their ability to solve basic and complex clinical breastfeeding issues. This college level course prepares participants for professional work in the hospital, in public health, and community settings.

The Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) is the premier national certification in Lactation Management for the United States. CLC certification holders have demonstrated competence in the clinical lactation skills and knowledge that are essential to help breastfeeding families. CLCs can provide assessment, counseling, and interventions for optimal and sub-optimal breastfeeding. The CDC refers to CLCs as lactation professionals who are members of the health care team (2014 Breastfeeding Report Card). Research has shown that the education required of CLCs prior to certification is associated with improved breastfeeding exclusivity and duration. The Certified Lactation Counselor
Certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) based on the ISO/ IEC 17024 standard.

Health How to Improve Access to Care for Teens
Ensuring adolescents have access to high-quality, teen-friendly healthcare is one of the Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents identified in the national call to action, Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG). Without access to high-quality, teen-friendly services, some adolescents may be unable to meet their immediate healthcare needs and may not establish the healthy habits that can lead to better outcomes later in life.

Adolescents may face a range of external barriers to accessing the healthcare they need. These barriers can include challenges with navigating the healthcare system, concerns about privacy and confidentiality, shortages of providers, conflicts with school and work schedules, unavailability of adults to escort them to appointments, and financial challenges. Read TAG Research Reviews for more information on adolescents’ access to healthcare and other essential components of adolescent health.

The TAG Playbook includes a number of actions that healthcare providers and other professionals can take to improve adolescents’ access to healthcare. For example, healthcare providers and public health professionals can:
  • Co-locate health services with other programs aimed at youth or at locations where youth naturally congregate, such as schools or local community centers, to increase the likelihood that teens will access the care they need. 
  • Ensure that clinics are welcoming and that services are up to date on the latest adolescent health and development practices.
  • Ask adolescent patients how healthcare providers can better meet their needs and help facilitate a smooth transition to adult healthcare settings. 
  • Partner with other community stakeholders to promote and share resources with adolescents and their families.

Healthy People 2020 discusses several goals related to adolescent health, including the need to increase the proportion of adolescents that received a wellness checkup in the past 12 months.

OAH sponsors the TAG in Action: Successful Strategies for Improving Adolescent Health webinar series . The first two webinars below highlight school-based healthcare settings and the third focuses on a mobile van that provides healthcare services to runaway, homeless, and other underserved adolescents.
  1. The Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education 
  2. Bringing Health and Education Partners Together in East Baton Rouge 
  3. Teen Health Van 

Is your organization interested in learning about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)?
Use the request form below to sign up for a training
In this 90-minute training, staff 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 fill out the   Request Form   and email to .
Helpful Information
Healthier Living with Chronic Pain is a self-management program originally developed at Stanford University. Attend this program provided by Dignity Health and get the support you need. The program is free and held once a week for 6 weeks for 2.5 hours.
Join the American Lung Association's seven-week quit smoking program. Hundreds of thousands of people have become smoke free through a Freedom From Smoking Group Clinic which offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting smoking.

Mothers pregnant with their first baby are eligible to get connected with a free personal nurse from 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! 
Nevada Tobacco Quit-line
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
Around 3,500 babies die from sleep-related deaths every year. We can change those numbers by having better conversations with caregivers about what safe sleep recommendations look like and why following them can save a baby's life.

To help support and spark those conversations, take this video quiz that reviews recommended safe sleep practices. The quiz is not a test; instead, it is an interactive teaching tool to help health professionals engage families in conversations about what safe sleep looks like and why it is important.  
Learn About MCH Programs
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.

The coalition has flyers to distribute to the community, if your organization wants flyers contact Tasha Choi 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. 
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.
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