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Welcome New Members
Maria Reyes-Vargas, UNR
Event Recap:
32nd Annual Postpartum Support International
On June 28-30, 2019, Kameron Klein, the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Coordinator for the Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition, attended the 32 nd Annual Postpartum Support International Conference in Portland, OR. Nevada had great representation at the conference this year with over eight (8) attendees which included some of the following: Anne Heppenstall, MSW, LCSW, Patricia White, LCSW, Carly Kramer, LMFT, Jillian Hammontree, MS, MFT, Caitlyn Wallace, LCSW .

The purpose of the conference is to bring together and inform medical and mental health providers, childbirth professionals, support and resource providers, caregivers, policy-makers, researchers, volunteers, families, and educators who want to improve their understanding of PMADs and improve their ability to serve pregnant, postpartum, and post pregnancy-loss families.

The Postpartum Support International Conference delivered this year with educating attendees as they had over 40+ breakout sessions this year! Please visit the PSI website to see all breakouts and presentations.

August is Officially Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the State of Nevada
Governor Sisolak signed the proclamation of designating August as Breastfeeding Awareness month in Nevada!
Upcoming Training's and Events
Nevada Statewide Maternal
and Child Health Coalition
2019 Fall Symposium
September 12th, 2019 I 8:00am - 4:00pm
Whitney Peak Hotel I 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
The Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition will be hosting a Fall Symposium that will feature topics including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, and birth trauma. CEUs are currently pending for nursing and social workers.

Nevada Institute
For Children's Research and Policy
Parent Discussion Groups
Multiple Dates and Attendance Sites
Parents are welcome to come and participate in a discussion about early childhood care, education,safety, health, and learning needs of their children. Discussion groups are open to all parents of children under 8 years old, and children are welcome to attend as well.

Point of Impact - Car Seat Inspections
August 10th, 2019 I 9:00am
The Reno Car Seat Inspection and Installation (REMSA) is offering car seat inspections. Staff and volunteers will check for defects, check the installation, and correct any problems and provide education on the proper use and installation of the car seat. Appointments are also available.

Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition

Please join the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition as it hosts several locations for the annual Big Latch On event. This is a free event! This is a global event that pairs Northern Nevada mothers with their nurslings in breastfeeding for 1 minute. Participants are tallied and combined with numbers of nursing pairs from across the globe.

For more information please email

The Big Latch On-Carson City
August 2nd 2019 I 9:00am
Nevada State Legislature I 401 S Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701

The Big Latch On-Reno
August 3rd 2019 I 7:00am
IGT Knowledge Center I 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, Nevada 89512
Black Breastfeeding Week
August 31st 2019 I 4:00pm-6:00pm
Northern Nevada Hopes I 580 W 5th St., Reno, NV 89503
Celebrate the first annual Black Breastfeeding Week event with the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition as they screen the documentary, "Chocolate Milk". This event is free and will have light refreshments.

Immunize Nevada
Back to School #Vax2School
August 10th 2019 I 9:00am
Event held in Reno and Las Vegas
Immunize Nevada is encouraging all parents to check their child’s immunization record and schedule an appointment with their care provider. Do you need assistance to cover the cost of immunizations? See if you are eligible for no-cost vaccines through the Nevada Vaccines for Children Program. Immunize Nevada will also be hosting an immunization clinic and health fair on the Saturday prior to the first day of school in Washoe and Clark County.

American Cancer Society
Cancer Control in Nevada
August 21st 2019 I 9:00pm-4:00pm
Roseman University of Health Sciences
10530 Discovery Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Join in on this premiere event that will bring together leaders from medical and policy communities who will share the latest in cancer research, clinical trials and innovation.

Immunize Nevada
2019 Nevada Health Conference
October 14-15 2019 I 7:00am - 4:00pm
Renaissance I 3400 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
The 2019 Nevada Health Conference encompasses the importance of collaboration in driving positive change across Nevada’s communities with this year’s theme, “Creating a Healthier Nevada through Community Collaboration and Change.”  

The two day conference, offers plenary sessions, concurrent workshops, panel sessions, and networking – within the areas of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion; Immunizations; and Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health. Continuing education credits are available for multiple healthcare related fields.

The annual conference begins Monday with a panel led by Nevada Health Link. Immediately following the opening panel discussion, attendees break out into concurrent workshops featuring local and national field experts presenting on approved health topics related to the conference theme. 

Day two of the conference opens with keynote speaker from Portland, Oregon, Dr. Joel Amundson, a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. After Dr. Amundson's inspiring presentation, conference goers head to more workshops, which focus on niche areas of interest in public health.

Center for the Application
of Substance Abuse Technologies
Nevada Suicide Prevention Conference
October 17-18 2019 I 8:45am - 5:00pm
Suncoast Hotel I 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
Learn more about integrating systems to promote contentedness with suicide prevention. Keynote speakers will discuss the impact on the stigma and trauma of suicide on the brain on body and opportunity for healing and understanding.

Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities Grant
The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) is seeking proposals for grants to help meet the Council’s goals and objectives listed in the Five-Year Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017-2021.

Teen Health Services and One-On-One Time
with a Healthcare Provider
The teen years are an important time of growth and development. Teens need regular medical care to ensure they receive recommended health services that help keep them safe and healthy. Having a healthcare provider (e.g., a doctor or nurse practitioner) they trust and can talk to is important, particularly when it comes to topics such as mental and sexual health, substance use, and safety from bullying. Parents can help create that trusting relationship by allowing their teen one-on-one time with their healthcare provider. 

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.

Go to Nevada 2-1-1 for more information

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. 

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.

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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