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Welcome New Members
Virginia Bobro, Motherways
Razilee Madrid, Dignity Health
Upcoming Training's and Events
Nevada Health Plan of Nevada
Medicine on the Move
March Calendar
This Southwest Medical has partnered with Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health and Life to bring convenient care to communities in Nevada. Services offered include adult care, pediatric care, wellness appointments, and education.

Nevada Institute
for Children's Research and Policy
Children's Week
March 11th-14th, 2019
Carson City
Help raise awareness of children's issues and remind elected officials that Nevada's youngest citizens should be a priority! The purpose of Children's Week is to represent Nevada's Children and help strengthen families in areas such as school readiness, children's physical and mental health, and child safety and security. For the past four legislative sessions, over 80 different non-profit, corporate, philanthropic, and state agencies and organizations have joined together as we strengthened Nevada's families by sharing a commitment to improve our communities through events and outreach efforts aimed at promoting the health, safety, and well-being of our children.

Nevada Chronic Disease Summit
Propelling Innovative Strategies to Control Chronic Disease
March 13th-14th, 2019
Whitney Peak Hotel,255 N Virginia St, Reno NV 89501
This two-day Summit will focus on statewide and local efforts related to preventing, controlling, and managing Chronic Disease in Nevada. The summit will showcase successes in the fight against Chronic Disease issues as well as the innovative and successful programs being developed and implemented in our state. The Summit will provide insights into the accomplishments of statewide, local community-based, and healthcare organizations that are organizing efforts to control Chronic Disease. 

Immunize Nevada
Nile Webinar: Maternal Immunization
Research to Practice & Making a Strong Reccommendation
March 14th, 2019 I 12:30pm-1:30pm (PST)

This presentation from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention Maternal Vaccination Campaign will provide an overview of findings and guiding principles from research with pregnant women and prenatal providers, challenges with increasing vaccination uptake, and information on the latest recommendations for pregnancy vaccines. Participants can expect to learn tips for communicating and answering questions from pregnant women and where to find free CDC vaccination resources and materials for pregnant women and healthcare providers.This program offers one free nursing or pharmacy CEU credit (CEU credit requires completion of the post-webinar survey). 

Remsa Community Outreach
Car Seat Inspection Checkpoint
March 16th, 2019 I 9:00am
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, 1715 Kuenzli St, Reno NV 89502
The Remsa Community Outreach is offering car seat inspection throughout the year in Northern Nevada. Car seat inspections are also available by appointment.
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine
2019 Nevada County Health Rankings
March 19th, 2019 I 11:00am-1:00pm
Attendance Sites in Las Vegas and Reno Available
The Nevada public health community is holding separate events in northern and southern Nevada on March 19th to examine and explore data contained in the 2019 Nevada County Health Rankings report. These rankings were prepared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Speakers at these events will also be discussing the utilization of county-level data for community health improvement and rural public health services in Nevada. A free hosted lunch will follow the program at noon (must be registered to attend).

Teen Health Week
A Global Initiative to Help Teens Take Charge of Their Health
April 1st-7th, 2019
Join the movement to encourage young people and adolescent health stakeholders to support the physical and mental health of young people.

  • Who are America’s Adolescents? Get the latest facts and figures about adolescents and their health at state and national levels. Find information on changing demographics and how adolescents spend their time.
  • Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) is a national call to action for organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that improve the health of America's 42 million adolescents. You can make a difference by taking action – check out these resources to learn more about the recommended action steps and resources.

 Share how you are observing Teen Health Week by completing the event form here and using #TeenHealth, #TAG42Mil, #TeenHealthWeek2019, and @teenhealthweek

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Health Plan of Nevada
Pregnancy and New Baby Support App
Health Plan of Nevada is now offering a free app called Tummy2Toddler to its medicaid members. The app allows mothers to monitor pregnancy milestones and development to two years old.

Health Plan of Nevada is also offering a incentive program for their Medicaid members encouraging prenatal and postpartum care.

Health Plan of Nevada
Flu Shot Facts & What It Means If You're Pregnant
In 2017-2018 an estimated 900,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 deaths occurred in the U.S. from the flu and flu-related conditions.
Getting the flu can cause serious problems when you are pregnant. Even if you are generally healthy, changes in immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get severely ill from flu. Pregnant women who get flu are at high risk of developing serious illness, including being hospitalized.

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 

Applications now open for Clinical Scholars
Collaborate with health care providers from diverse disciplines—from dentists and pharmacists to veterinarians and occupational therapists—to take on the most pressing health issues in your community. Enhance your leadership skills and join a growing national network of innovative thinkers.

Cross-disciplinary teams of two to five people may apply for this three-year leadership program. Teams receive grant funding up to $525,000 over three years for a project they design and complete together.
Clinical Scholars is for health professionals who want to take their leadership skills to the next level while helping to build health equity in their communities. Applications are due March 13th, 2019.

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 .

PMAD Materials Available
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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   or call 702-492-8593.
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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