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April Observances
Black Maternal Health Week
This year marks the fifth year anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to:
  • Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US;
  • Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions;
  • Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders;
  • Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice; and
  • Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health.

Black Maternal Health Week takes place every year from April 11 –17 and was officially recognized by the White House on April 13th, 2021. The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month – a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. 

The campaign and activities for Black Maternal Health Week serve to amplify the voices of Black Mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Activities during BMHW are rooted in human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks.
The Southern NV Maternal and Child Health Coalition recently received a sponsorship from Health Plan of NV. Through this sponsorship, we will be able to distribute about 325 New Mama Care Kits during Black Maternal Health Week to honor and support black mamas in our community.

If you're interested in having kits available for pregnant or recently postpartum parents, or if you would like more information, please contact Tori at

We're looking for a handful of volunteers to help us assemble these kits later this week! If you're interested and available on Thursday, April 7 between 2 - 6 p.m., please call 702.616.4912 or email
Autism Acceptance Month
The Autism Society of America is proud to continue its fourth annual #CelebrateDifferences campaign in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. Everyday, we work to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully. We believe that acceptance is creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it. And by everyone, we mean every unique individual: the implacable, inimitable, and irreplaceable you. 
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to remember that we can each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community. To help promote this reminder, the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign was created. The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including in online spaces. For too long harassment, cyberbullying, and sexual abuse and exploitation have come to be expected as typical and unavoidable behaviors online. Building Safe Online Spaces Together is possible when we practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content and behaviors, and promote online communities that value respect, inclusion, and safety.
Upcoming Coalition Meetings
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting will be held on April 12, 2022
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting number (access code): 2556 276 8332
Meeting password: hXMk5f2Bpv7

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting will be held on April 14, 2022 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Washoe County Commissioner’s Chambers at the Washoe County Complex Building A
Virtual option available - Microsoft Teams link will be sent out with meeting reminder later this week.
Now accepting nominations for Treasurer!
Please send nominations to Tori at
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Resource Fair
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 4 - 7 p.m.
801 S. Rancho Dr. C3, Las Vegas, NV 89106
Free resources, arts & crafts, games, and survivor empowerment. Survivors can sign up for free support groups, counseling, and advocacy services available on site.
Walk with a Doc
April 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children
For the April 2022 walk, you're welcome to join Nevada AAP Board Member Dr. Terence McAllister who will give a brief, family-friendly talk on Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and then take your questions live.
The State of Black Maternal Health in the U.S.
April 12, 2022 at 12 p.m. CST
This free webinar and panel discussion is being held in conjunction with Black Maternal Health Week, held annually April 11-17. We are grateful to MercyOne for sponsoring this event, which will focus on the racial disparities that persist in birth outcomes in the U.S.

Panelists will explore the history of Black women in healthcare, and discuss the current state of Black maternal health in the U.S. from preconception to postpartum. The event will end with a panel discussion on solutions to improve outcomes for Black expectant parents. 

We will also share the findings of a brand new white paper that shows the link between stillbirth and maternal mortality, and discuss how the Count the Kicks campaign is part of the solution to improve birth outcomes for expectant parents and their babies.
COVID-19: Vaccines, Myths & Implications for Pregnancy, Breast and Chest Feeding, and Gained Data from SET-NET Project
April 12, 2022 from Noon - 1 p.m. PST
This webinar will focus on COVID-19 in three parts:
The first part of the presentation will provide a general overview and discussion of COVID-19 and Pregnancy presented by Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA, including:
  • The impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes
  • The burden of COVID-19 and health disparities
  • The science behind the safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine while Pregnant, Breast or Chest Feeding
  • Reasons to vaccinate during pregnancy; including the benefits for pregnant persons and infants
  • Pregnancy-related vaccine myths and frequently asked questions
The second part will provide a general overview of the collaborative project of Surveillance of Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies (SET-NET) presented by Jaimee Maranon, MS, and Natasha Nyquist-Smith, MPH:
  • The overview of the SET-NET project
  • The sampling distribution in Nevada
  • The trimester of COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Current birthing trends of the sampled cases
  • COVID-19 race and ethnicity distribution
  • Overview of the vaccination status in our sample population 
The final part will be a facilitated Question and Answer Period with attendees by Dr. Jackson.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) Trainings
In this 60-minute virtual training, you 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 click on the session below to register.
Human Milk Donation Drive & Car Seat Check
Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Heart and Sol Collective - 7381 Prairie Falcon Rd. Ste. 120
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Hosted by Breastfeeding with Maj, Heart and Sol Collective, with Car seat checks provided by Vegas Family Doulas.

Semaj Bruce, IBCLC, is the Director of the San Jose Mothers' Milk Bank - Las Vegas Depots and Breastfeeding with Maj. The San Jose Mothers' Milk Bank is affiliated with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), making their services safe, certified and have a legacy of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable populations. Become a Milk Warrior and donate extra breast/chest milk to infants in critical care!

Pictured is a donation of 500 ounces of milk medicine at a past collection event.
2022 Liquid Gold 5k & Northern Nevada Latch On
Saturday, May 21st
University of Nevada, Reno Campus
The annual Liquid Gold 5k and Northern Nevada Latch On will occur on Saturday, May 21st on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. This fundraising event is intended to promote community awareness and gain support for normalizing breastfeeding and feeding of mother's milk. 

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 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 Northern Nevada Latch On event.

Liquid Gold 5k is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.  

Tentative Schedule:
  • 5k Race Registration- 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Race warm up 7:45 a.m.
  • 5k Walk/Run Start Time- 8 a.m.
  • Family Loop Start Time- 8:30 a.m.
  • Northern Nevada Latch On Registration Begins- 9am Get your swag bags while supplies last!
  • Kids Race Start Time - 9:30 a.m.
  • Northern Nevada Latch On - 10:00 a.m.
  • Kids Fair - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with free classes and activities
Important Updates & Resources
Count the Kicks
Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign that provides educational resources to healthcare providers and expectant parents. Paying attention to movements helps expectant parents get to know what's normal for their baby and speak up if they notice a change. They've partnered with Health Plan of Nevada to be able to provide FREE materials to the community to get the word out.
Mobile COVID-19 & Flu Vaccine Vendor

Is your organization or group interested in hosting a COVID-19 and/or flu vaccine clinic? You can now fill out a request form for Immunize Nevada to assist in these efforts!

If you have any questions, please contact Immunize NV at
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. 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
  • Thrive Wellness of Reno - 775-525-8103
  • Megan Kornbluth - 530-580-8848.
  • Quest Counseling - 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
Dignity Health
Free Virtual Classes & Workshops
Dignity Health Community Outreach is offering online and hybrid fitness, wellness, and children's classes.
Are you uninsured? Enrollment Counselors are available for enrollment assistance. You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and incentives to help pay monthly premiums.

Call for an appointment at 702-616-4904

Spanish-Speaking Navigators Available
Virtual and phone-based assistance is available
New Mama Care Kits
Health Plan of Nevada for becoming a Gold Sponsor!
Through this sponsorship, we will be able to provide New Mama Care Kits to low income Black mothers in recognition of Black Maternal Health Week, which is April 11 - 17, 2022.
Southern Nevada Organizations interested in distributing New Mama Care Kits to new moms are encouraged to contact
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 Sponsors
Anthem Nevada Medicaid & Molina Healthcare
Helpful Information
Calling All First Time Parents!
You may be eligible to receive services from a personal nurse through 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!
Learn About MCH Initiatives
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 Tori Diego 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.
Nevada Tobacco Quitline
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.
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) 616-4912 |