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 and events that MCH is involved with. Stay connected with what's important.
Upcoming Meetings
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am

Meeting TBD
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting

Tuesday, May 11th , 2021
8:30am - 10:00am
Meeting via WebEx

Meeting Number (access code): 142 457 0116
Meeting Password: 2PxSVDpXt33
Join by Phone: +1-415-655-0001 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 Platinum Sponsor
Molina Healthcare
Thank You,
Volunteers, from Fit4Mom
Upcoming Trainings and Events
Northern Nevada
Maternal and Child Health Coalition
1st Annual Fundraiser 4x4x24 Run//Walk
June 4th at 4:00 pm
The Northern Nevada Maternal and Child Health Coalition is proud to present its 1st Annual Fundraiser to support local initiatives aiding adolescent and postpartum depression in Northern Nevada. Run for awareness! There will be two options for participants. Participants can either Run 4 miles every 4 hours for 24 hours or walk 2 miles every 4 hours for 24 hours. All proceeds will be split equally between adolescent and postpartum depression in our community. Registration is $25.00 and all registered participants will receive a t-shirt.
Maternal Minds Counseling
Mother's Day Celebration
May 8th
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Hoop Camp
May 15th
The Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities is proud to partner with Steve Garrity and his inclusive Hoop Camp! Hoop Camp is coming to Reno May 15. Camps are held across the USA and in Mexico for kids and adults with developmental disabilities, age 5 to 95. Friends and families are encouraged to attend. Hoop Camp promotes healthy lifestyles, inclusion, acceptance, independent living, and socialization.
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

Department of Health and Human Services
Policy Update on Issuance of Breast Pumps and Breastfeeding Accessories
The Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), is sharing a policy update with our community partners regarding the issuance of breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories. The WIC Program provides breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories at no cost to qualifying participants who are having trouble breastfeeding or are separated from their infant. Per the guidance of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), who oversees the WIC Program, breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories cannot be issued to pregnant women. As a result, Nevada WIC cannot issue breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories to WIC participants until they are categorically listed as “Breastfeeding” in our electronic record-keeping system. WIC participants who require a breast pump or breastfeeding accessories should call their WIC clinic as soon as possible following the delivery of their infant(s) to schedule an appointment to be certified as “Breastfeeding.” Per policy, participants must be scheduled within 20 days of reaching out for an appointment. However, when scheduling appointments, every effort will be made to accommodate breastfeeding participants to protect their milk supply and ensure infants are receiving the best nutrition. 
Nevada Child Abuse Prevention
20th Annual NCAP and Safety Virtual Conference
June 9th-10th
The Nevada Child Abuse Prevention and Safety Conference will be focusing on the "Increasing relief: The Power of Communication and Collaboration". The cost to attend the conference is $30 and CEUS is offered.
Southern Nevada Health District
Nevada Resilience Project
The Nevada Resilience Project supports families and individuals experiencing struggles and challenges due to COVID - 19. Our Resilience Ambassadors provide education, information, counseling, and resource navigation while promoting healthy coping, empowerment, and resilience. It’s normal to be experiencing difficulty with adapting to the new challenges of managing work, school, family, or home due to COVID-19, feeling isolated or anxious, or worried about meeting basic needs like having enough food or access to healthcare. 
  • Bi-lingual access to services
  • Help to reduce stress, build coping skills, and develop a resilience plan
  • Assistance navigating to needed resources in your community
  • Services are free and confidential

Resilience Ambassadors
Christine Ferguson: / (775) 431-7084
Isabell Rowland (EN/ES): / (775) 431-7090
Geraldine Agcaoili-Willis: / (775) 431-7072
Donna Canaria: / (775) 431-7057
Lola Bello: / (775) 431-7098
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
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

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 |