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Upcoming Meetings
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting

Thursday, April 8th, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am

Meeting via Zoom

Meeting ID: 823 3586 1611
Passcode: 039490
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting

Tuesday, April 13th , 2021
8:30am - 10:00am
Meeting via WebEx

Meeting Number (access code): 182 082 4651
Meeting Password: KxkB4iBJT63
Join by Phone: +1-415-655-001 US Toll
New Mama Care Kits
In March 2021 the Southern Nevada Maternal and Child Health Coalition launched its first direct client services program, sponsored by Anthem Nevada Medicaid. Our “New Mama Care Kits” will assist low-income women by providing them with after birth supplies including pads to manage the flow, hemorrhoid wipes, sanitary wipes to keep stitches clean, hand sanitizer, and undergarments. The kits will also include important information and resources regarding infant safe sleep, immunizations, and postpartum depression.
Thank You Platinum Sponsor
Anthem Nevada Medicaid
Thank You,
Volunteers, from Fit4Mom
Upcoming Trainings and Events
American Lung Association
Freedom From Smoking
Tuesdays starting April 20th to June 1st
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Join the American Lung Association’s seven-week quit smoking program. This New Year become smoke free through a Freedom From Smoking® Group Clinic (FFS). FFS offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting smoking.
Overseen by a certified facilitator, you will learn:
·     How to know if you’re really ready to quit
·     Medications that can increase your success
·     Lifestyle changes to make quitting easier
·     How to prepare for your quit day
·     Coping strategies for managing stress & avoiding weight gain
·     How to stay smoke free for good
Freedom From Smoking Group Quit Program
St. Rose de Lima Hospital Community Outreach Center

To register, call Richard Davis at 702-616-4918 or email

Medical Home Portal
Updated Redesign
The Medical Home Portal has recently been improved with a redesign and new content for those living with and without special health care needs. The March Portal Periodical contains updated and revised content for professionals and families.
Immunize Nevada
COVID-19 What You Need to Know &
Underlying Health Conditions
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Newly Launched E-Learning Program For Maternal Healthcare Providers
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) today launched a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care. The program, available via OMH’s Think Cultural Health website, is designed to develop maternal health care providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). OMH encourages all physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse midwives, and certified midwives to take this program and earn up to two continuing education credits at no cost.
The e-learning program aims to help eliminate disparities facing communities of color today. Black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth, regardless of income or education level. More women of color than white women report feeling mistreated, ignored, or dismissed by their prenatal providers.
This e-learning program covers:
  • Self-awareness of beliefs, bias, and stereotypes
  • How and why to get to know a patient’s cultural identity
  • Strategies for providing respectful, compassionate, high quality maternal healthcare
Office of the Attorney General
2021 Grant Opportunities to Combat
Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Technical Bulletin - Human Trafficking
CDC Health Alert Network
Acute Non-Viral Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology Potentially Associated with an Alkaline Water Product
March 31st
Five cases of acute non-viral hepatitis of unknown etiology in children were reported to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) between November and December 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting the SNHD in investigating a potential link between these illnesses and the consumption of an alkaline water product called “Real Water” and other possible etiologies. The purpose of this Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory is to advise clinicians and health departments to have a high index of suspicion for cases of acute non-viral hepatitis and to report any cases to their local health authority.
CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were notified of five cases of acute non-viral hepatitis of unknown etiology in children by the SNHD in Nevada on March 13, 2021. The cases occurred in children ranging in ages from seven months to five years who presented to a hospital between November 10, 2020, and December 3, 2020, with signs and symptoms of vomiting, poor intake, and fatigue. Laboratory testing on the patients showed elevated hepatic transaminases, hyperbilirubinemia, coagulopathy, and a negative viral hepatitis serology panel. All patients required transfers to a pediatric tertiary-care specialty liver unit because of concerns for acute liver failure and the possible need for liver transplantations. All children recovered and were discharged home. In addition to these cases, several adults and other children living in the cases’ households reported similar but mostly less severe symptoms including nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and fatigue.
Information to date from the preliminary epidemiologic investigation supports that there is a strong link between these cases of acute non-viral hepatitis and Real Water alkaline water. Real Water, Inc. owns this brand of alkaline water and has headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. This product is available in 5-gallon, 3-gallon, 1 gallon, 1.5 liters, 1 liter, and 500 ml bottles, and “Real Water” concentrate. Bottles and concentrate products are available for purchase online and in stores nationwide. Real Water has issued a recall on their products. The FDA advises consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to drink, cook with, sell, or serve Real Water alkaline water until more information is known about the cause of the illnesses. Further, FDA advises that Real Water not be given to pets. 

For Clinicians
  1. Counsel your patients (or their caregivers and guardians) to stop drinking, cooking with, or using Real Water until more is known about the cause of the illnesses per FDA recommendations.
  2. Educate your patients on the signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis due to any cause, which may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, joint pain, and yellow skin or eyes; and the importance of seeking medical care.
  3. Maintain a high index of suspicion for non-viral hepatitis in your differential diagnosis of acute hepatitis in adults and children presenting with compatible clinical findings.
  4. Obtain a more detailed exposure history in patients when you suspect acute non-viral hepatitis. Possible etiologies associated with acute non-viral hepatitis include exposure to medications, contaminated water or food, dietary and herbal supplements, traditional or home remedies, wild-growing mushrooms and plants, and chemicals such as metals, solvents, paint thinners, or pesticides.
  5. Obtain early consultation with and/or referral to a gastroenterologist or infectious disease specialist for medical workup and management of patients with signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis.
  6. Contact your local health authority to report cases of acute non-viral hepatitis of unknown etiology.
  7. Contact your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) for information on chemical or drug-induced liver toxicity and report any cases.
For Public Health
  1. Please contact CDC via email ( for case classification criteria, suggested reporting guidelines, case investigation forms, and other questions. Acute non-viral hepatitis is currently not a nationally notifiable disease. Case findings may be mainly from clinicians reporting who may recognize these illnesses in their patients. The forms provided by CDC will help prepare public health agencies to receive these reports from clinicians.
  2. Consider conducting case-finding activities that leverage existing data sources such as hospital discharge data, electronic syndromic surveillance systems, your local poison center, and other applicable surveillance systems. Contact CDC at for guidance on search criteria.
For More Information
Grant Management Child Welfare Unit
Notice of Opportunity Schedule
UNR Early Head Start
UNR Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving low-income families with children birth to age 3 and pregnant women. Both center-based and home-based programs are available.
Services include; developmental screenings, nutritional services, medical referrals, prenatal support, home visits, parent meetings, and training, playgroups, home-based and center-based services for children aged 0-3 years old.
Now accepting applications from low-income families with pregnant women and/or children from birth to age three!
Or call (775)432-2090
Postpartum Support International
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
  • Are you feeling sad or depressed?
  • Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
  • Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
  • Do you feel anxious or panicky?
  • Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
  • Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
  • Do you feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
  • Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
  • Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?

Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Please know that with informed care you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.
Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. 

You are not alone and you are not to blame. Help is available. You will get better.
HelpLine: 1.800.944.4773
Text in English: 800-944-4773 | Text en Español: 971-203-7773
Northern Nevada
Postpartum Support & Therapists
Call for More Information and Insurance
Thrive Wellness of Reno - 775-525-8103

Megan Kornbluth - 530-580-8848.

Quest - Alyson Mullen - 775-786-6880.

Amber Creek - Rachel Goforth - 775-575-2144.

Desert Bloom Wellness - Caitlyn Wallace - 775-453-4149

Healing Home Counseling - Ashley Hanna Morgan - 775-391-0781

Speak Up, Think Up!
Speech-Language Pathology Resources & More
Las Vegas
Speak Up, Think Up! provides free and paid information, resources, and tools for speech-language pathologists, clients, and caregivers. Speak Up, Think Up! is run by Devin Fisher, a credentialed speech-language pathologist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Devin aspires to help empower others to achieve their therapy goals across the lifespan. He works with individuals with varying disorders including articulation/phonological disorder, language delay, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's disease, fluency disorder, swallowing disorder, and voice disorder.
The Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Office of Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Agencies
The Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Office of Suicide Prevention, is proudly conducting Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings. The 2-hour virtual training helps one to understand suicide as a serious public health problem, explore attitudes surrounding suicide, and identify warning signs, risk, and protective factors for suicide. After the training, the participant will be provided a list of community resources to support family and friends who may be concerned about suicide. In 2018, Nevada had the 8th highest rate of suicide in the United States. This training seeks to encourage and give the tools to help participants prevent suicide, save lives, and lower Nevada’s rates.

Continuing Education Units are available from the following boards and agencies: the Department of Education, Police Officers Standards and Training, NV Board of Pharmacy, NV Board of Physical Therapy, NV Board of Psychological Examiners, NV Board of Social Workers, and the Southern Nevada Health District.

Now more than ever, everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. This training will help participants recognize and engage with individuals who may be quietly suffering due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties.

To learn how your agency can partake in this course, please reach out to the contacts below:

Northern Nevada:

Southern Nevada:
Dignity Health
Free Virtual Classes & Workshops
Monday through Friday

Dignity Health Community Outreach is offering online and hybrid fitness, wellness, and children's classes.
Caregivers Workshop
Chronic Disease Workshops & Training
Mental Health First Aid
Dignity Health Connecting You to Health Insurance Options! Are you uninsured? Navigators are available for Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance. You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and incentives to help pay monthly premiums. Nevada has faced a lot of challenges this year. Nevada Health Link has opened a 90-day Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for uninsured Nevadans, starting February 15 through May 15, 2021. Currently, enrolled members who have experienced life changes can make changes to their health insurance or choose a new plan.

Call for an appointment at 702-616-4904

Spanish-Speaking Navigators Available
Group Peer Support
Free Support Groups
Group Peer Support is offering a variety of free support groups for pregnant moms, postpartum parents, mental health, social service providers, support group facilitators, people in recovery, front-line workers, and more.
Bright Futures Family Tip Sheet
The Bright Futures tip sheet for families, The Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to Expect, is now available in Spanish! This tip sheet is written in plain language and is a great resource for families. 
The Well-Child Visit - Why Go and What to Expect - SPANISH / ENGLISH
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
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 MCH coalition has flyers to distribute for the community. If your organization would like flyers, please 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.
NVMCH | Phone: (702) 620-7800 |