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Welcome New Members
Andrea Thompson, Renown Health
Jennifer Somdahl, DPBH
Upcoming Training's and Events
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

Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican
Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Program
Multiple Dates and Attendance Sites in May
Are you or someone you know interested in learning how to better manage chronic pain or diabetes? Workshops are held once a week for a six weeks for two and a half hours, taught by trained leaders.

Women's Health Associates of Southern Nevada
Health Fair
June 1st, 2019 I 9:00am-5:00pm
1950 Pinto Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106
Join this free family friendly health fair that will offer food, games, wellness checks, vision and dental screenings.

Nevada Statewide
Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Climb Out of the Darkness
June 21st, 2019 I 9:00am-12:00pm
2505 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, Nevada 89074
Climb Out of the Darkness is the largest international event for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Come together to help build a sense of community, raising money and awareness to support the mental health of all new families.

Families and children are welcome to this free event!

Nevada Coalition to End
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Regional Trainings
Multiple Dates and Attendance Sites in July
Join NCEDSV as we bring in Rebecca Cline, Prevention Programs Director from the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and founding member of the Ohio Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Consortium. Together, we will explore working within our communities to reduce economic disparities as a strategy for prevention and supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Registration and Continuing Education Units (CEU) are complementary to all members.

Non-member registration is $25.

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.

Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
The Big Latch On-Carson City
August 3rd 2019 I 9:00am
Nevada State Legislature I 401 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701
Please join us for the Big Latch On-Carson City event. This is a global event that pairs mothers with their nurslings in breastfeeding for 1 minute. Carson City participants are tallied and combined with numbers of nursing pairs from across the globe. Moms and their support team of friends and family are encouraged to attend!

Moms feeding their babies pumped breast milk are welcomed to participate too.

Registration for the event begins at 9 am. Swag bags will be offered while supplies last. The actual Latch On will take place at 10:30 am.

For more information please email

Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
The Big Latch On-Reno
August 3rd 2019 I 7:00am
IGT Knowledge Center I 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, Nevada 89512
Please join us for the 9th annual Big Latch On-Reno event. This is a free event! This is a global event that pairs Northern Nevada mothers with their nurslings in breastfeeding for 1 minute. Reno participants are tallied and combined with numbers of nursing pairs from across the globe.
This event will be held immediately following the Liquid Gold 5K walk/run. You do not need to participate in the race to participate in the Latch On. Moms and their support team of friends and family are encouraged to join us! Mothers feeding their babies pumped breast milk are welcomed to participate too and highly encouraged to attend.
A group photo will be taken and shared as part of the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition’s mission to help normalize breastfeeding and feeding of mother’s milk.
Registration for the event begins at 9 am. Swag bags will be offered while supplies last. The actual event will take place at 10:30 am

For more information please email

Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
Liquid Gold 5k
August 3rd 2019 I 7:00am
IGT Knowledge Center I 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, Nevada 89512
Come celebrate the 9th 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 Reno, 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 Big Latch On event.

For more information please email

Health How to Improve Access to Care for Teens
There is a growing understanding adolescents and young adults need healthcare geared specifically to their needs, and distinct from services provided to adults or young children. Watch the TAG Talk video from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to learn about a New York clinic focused on the unique needs of adolescents and young adults. In the video Dr. Angela Diaz, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, shares how health professionals can take a unique approach to providing health care to young people. 

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.

Click on the links to learn about Think, Act, Grow (TAG) Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents and to Join TAG to receive e-updates from OAH about TAG resources. 

May is National Physical Fitness
and Sports Month
Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month! Take the challenge and spread the word!

Adolescents-Be Active during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Hosted annually in May by the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN), National Physical Fitness and Sports Month encourages everyone to out and get active. The recently updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adolescents get 60 minutes of exercise each day. Unfortunately, many adolescents do not exercise the recommended amount. In fact, only one in five adolescents in the United States meet these activity levels.
Why is Physical Activity Important?
Regular physical activity can produce a wide range of health benefits for developing adolescents. It can help control weight, strengthen muscles, reduce fat, and promote strong bone, muscle, and joint development. Exercising can help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, physical activity can improve sleep, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , physical activity also benefits adolescents’ brain health. Exercising can improve cognition, including academic performance and memory.

How to Encourage Physical Activity
The Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health Library provides important resources for parents, caring adults, and youth-serving professionals on adolescent physical health and nutrition.

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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