Stay in the know with the Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coalition. Meet new members of the committees. Learn about the new programs that MCH is involved with. Stay connected with what's important. 

Meet the Newest Committee Members of the Northern Nevada MCH Coalition
Margot Chappel
Title V Maternal and Child Health Program Manager
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public and Behavioral Health | Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health

Margot Chappel has worked for the state for 10 and a half years. In 2006, she started working in the DHHS Director's Office as the Head Start Collaboration Director. After 7 and a half years serving in that capacity, she spent the last 3 and a half years working at the Aging and Disabilities Services Division as team leader for provider certification of early intervention providers and the division's participation in the National Core Indicators survey of adults and seniors with disabilities who were receiving services in community and institutionalized care. A lifelong student, she has an Associate degree in Pre-Kindergarten Education, a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master's degree in Human Services.
Kayelynn Ogden
Chair of the Northern Nevada MCH Coalition

Kayelynn Ogden is a program manager with The Children's Cabinet and has worked for the Children's  Cabinet for the past 12 and a half years. She oversees their chronic disease prevention grant and their community health workers grant state wide. Also, she is an early childhood and out of school time trainer and provides trainings for local, state, and national conferences on topics such as childhood obesity, safe sleep, leadership and professional development.  She serves on various local and state boards supporting early childhood and out of school time in Nevada. She is looking forward to working closer with the Maternal and Child health coalition as the new chair of the Northern Nevada coalition.

Jessica Lamb
Co-Chair of Northern Nevada MCH Coalition

Jessica Lamb is the Children's Health Policy Manager at the Children's Advocacy Alliance. Jessica developed her passion for children's health early in her career at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows where she coordinated their health education program. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. Jessica began working for the State of Nevada's Health and Human Services where she gained expertise in public health policy initiatives and community engagement efforts. Through serving on various boards and committees to volunteering in her community, Jessica is excited to join the Northern Nevada MCH Coalition to ensure that every mother and child in Nevada has the opportunity to be health y.
Lanea Ariel Warren
Northern Nevada MCH Coalition Secretary 

Lanea Ariel Warren, a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, has served her community in a myriad of ways. As well as owning and independently running two small businesses, she spends her time staying busy by working and volunteering within her passions. Before joining the MCH Coalition, she served as the 2016 Treasurer of the Entrepreneurship Cub and the Founding President of the Professional Network of Women at UNR. During her work at the University, she noticed a personal need for Lactation rooms within the Student Union. She, along with upper Management at the Nevada Wolf Shop, developed additional space for Lactating Mothers, like herself.  She has also served as a Policy Council Member at the University of Nevada, Reno's Early Head Start program for the last three years. Starting her first-term as Treasurer in 2014 and ending her last-term as the Chairwoman in 2017. While leading the council, she developed the Parent Volunteer Ad-Hoc Committee to raise in-kind dollars and support family involvement within the school and also their classrooms.  Lanea currently serves as the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition's Marketing Coordinator and has done so for the last three years. She works very closely with NNBFC Leadership in bullet-proofing their annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, called the Liquid Gold 5k.

Jan Houk
Northern Nevada MCH Coalition Treasurer 
Jan Houk has been an RN for over 30 years and have spent the majority of her nursing career working with children and adolescents.  She has been employed as a nurse on the Child and Adolescent unit for an In Patient Psychiatric Hospital. She has worked as a staff nurse on Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Units and as a Pediatric Telephone Triage nurse. Jan was a School Nurse for Washoe County School District for 15 years. She id currently a Public Health Nurse for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at Washoe County Health District. Her responsibilities include working with pregnant women and families in our various clinics.
Learn About Our Newest Program
PMADs Program
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) encompass a range of mental health disorders- including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder- that occur during pregnancy or up to two years postpartum. PMADs are the leading complication of childbirth, affecting 1 in 7 women.  For more information  visit here  or for immediate assistance please call PSI warm line at 1-800-944-4773.

Providers to recognize and respond to PMADs
All pregnant women and new parents for PMADs
To PMADs with effective interventions
About PMADs to eliminate stigma
PMADs from impacting growing families

You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.
-Postpartum Support International
Join in the Big Latch On Event in Reno
The 7th Annual Liquid Gold 5K Race
7th Annual Liquid Gold 5k Walk / Run sponsored by the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
Come celebrate the 7th Annual Liquid Gold 5k and bring awareness to breastfeeding as we kick off World Breastfeeding Week. 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 great raffle! And don't forget The Big Latch On which will take place after the race too! Free Parking near the start line in Brian Whalen Parking Garage off of Virginia.
To register for the race, click here!

University of Nevada, Reno
Saturday, August 5th, 2017
7AM to 12PM

5K Race Registration - 7AM Kids Race Start time - 9:30AM
5K Walk/Run start time - 8AM The Big Latch On - 10:30AM
Momma Mile start - 8:30AM Kids Fair - 8AM to 12PM
Latch On Registration begins - 9AM

Save the Date
Northern Nevada MCH Coalition has changed their meeting time to 8:30am on the third Monday of each month, location remains the same at WCHD. 
The next meeting is set for July 17th at 8:30 am 
August's meeting will be August 21 at 8:30 am
The Community Health Needs Assessment is Live...And We Need Your Help!

Renown Health, the Washoe County Health District (WCHD), and Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities are collaborating to conduct the 2018-2020 Washoe County Community Health Needs Assessment
  • The survey takes between 10-20 minutes, will be available in both  English and  Spanish, and respondents will have an opportunity to win a $50 VISA gift card.
  • If you need more help, need hard copies of the survey, need social media links, or more information on the survey, please contact Heather Kerwin by email or call (775) 326-6041.
2017 Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference
The Shifting Landscape of Public Health Policy 

The annual NPHA conference provides a great opportunity to examine the changing policy landscape and promote discussion about improving public health outcomes in Nevada. 

September 28th and 29th, 2017

Whitney Peak Hotel at 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501

Click Here to Register!

  •  NPHA is now accepting abstracts for concurrent (breakout) presentations as well as their popular annual poster session. Abstracts must be submitted online.Submission Instructions! 
  • For sponsorship opportunities:Click here or contact Melissa O'Brien at 775.784.1983 or by email
Remote Area Medical (RAM) Event
Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities (TMHC) is bringing the RAM event back to Reno

The RAM mobile outreach clinic travels to U.S. cities to provide FREE medical, dental and vision care for those who are uninsured, under-insured, with no eligibility requirements and no identification necessary.  

September 29th thru October 1st, 2017
Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows at 2680 E Ninth St. Reno, NV 89512

TMHC and RAM are now recruiting general volunteers and clinical professionals willing to donate their time and services. RAM provides the equipment, supplies, and support. To volunteer  visit here  and sign up for the Reno event.  For more information or to donate, contact Sharon Zadra by email
Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) - Meal sites sought to feed children during summer months

NDA is seeking sponsors to provide free meals to children during the summer through the federally funded  Summer Food Service Program ( SFSP). Sponsors may prepare meals or serve meals obtained from another SFSP sponsor, public or commercial food vendor, a local government agency or a school food service department. All meals must meet USDA's minimum meal pattern requirements Past year's sponsors have included Three Square Food Bank, Food Bank or Northern Nevada, churches, city parks, schools and Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state.

Agencies interested in being sponsors should contact Diane Hogan at 702-668-4582 or Tammy Kratz at 702-668-4584. 
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