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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
It’s the holiday season, and that means toy-sharing and gift-giving are in full swing. But before you give that special child a new toy, it’s important to stop and consider: Is this toy safe and age-appropriate? Unfortunately, thousands of children are hurt or even killed each year due to an interaction with an unsafe or developmentally inappropriate toy. December is known as Safe Toys and Gifts Month in order to create a happy, healthy, and safe gift-giving experience for all involved.

HOW TO OBSERVE SAFE TOYS AND GIFTS MONTH

Inspect toys before purchasing.
Look for sharp points, edges, and parts that can fly off. Also, check for durability should a child attempt to break, crush or pull toys apart. Furthermore, do not give toys with ropes, cords, or heating elements — and make sure crayons and markers are labeled “nontoxic.” Finally, it is important to NEVER give small toys with removable magnets or “button” batteries. These can cause serious injury or even death if ingested.

Make sure the toy is age-appropriate.
Not every toy is meant for every child. Keep in mind the child’s age and development level (most toys offer an age range for guidance). If shopping for infants and children with special needs, look for toys that appeal to the senses (sound, light, movement, texture, etc.) And, finally, remember the rule: If the piece can fit in a toilet paper roll, it is not meant for children under 3 years of age.

Spread the word.
Even the best parents can get it wrong. That’s why it’s crucial to share your knowledge about unsafe toys with fellow parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc. You can also use the hashtag #safetoy on social media.

Upcoming Meetings
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting

Next Meeting to be held on January 13, 2022.
Now accepting nominations for Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary!
Please send nominations to Tori at Tori.Diego@DignityHealth.org
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting to be held on January 11, 2022.
Upcoming Trainings and Events
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 sessions below to register.
Vaccination Focus Groups
December 13 & 14, 2021

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) will be hosting two focus groups, including one virtual group on December 13th and one in-person group on December 14th at Nevada Partners, located at 690 W Lake Mead Blvd, North Las Vegas 89030. The purpose of these focus groups is to learn more about vaccination among young adults in Clark County, including perceptions, attitudes, and practices related to COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
 
The focus groups are open to young adults ages 18-35 who identify as Hispanic/Latinx or African American/Black and live in Clark County, NV. Participants must have received a COVID-19 vaccine only within the last three months or have NOT received a COVID-19 vaccine. All participants will receive a $30.00 Amazon gift card. 
 
Please feel free to share this information and if you're interested in participating, register here! bit.ly/VaccGroup
 
If you have any questions or concerns, call us at 702-895-5016 or email at nicrp@unlv.edu
Governor Sisolak's JobFest
Nevada Medicaid will be among more than 145 employers at the Governor's JobFest on December 7th from 9 AM - 2 PM at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Employers will be hiring for more than 15,000 job openings. It is believed to be Southern Nevada’s largest job fair! There will be resources available for upskilling, reskilling, and necessities like housing and childcare as well.

Anyone interested, can sign up for Medicaid updates direct to their email: Sign up here.

For questions regarding the ListServ, send an email to DHCFP Public Information Officer Kyril Plaskon: Kyril.Plaskon@DHCFP.nv.gov

For all other questions, please use this form.
National Alliance on Mental Health
Upcoming Trainings and Support Groups for the Community

NAMI Connection - Recovery Support Group is led by trained peer facilitators and provides a safe space to share experiences, to give and receive support and practical information from individuals with similar lived-experience.
Family and Friends is a 90-minute seminar led by trained presenters with lived experience of supporting a loved one with a mental health condition or symptoms. Topics discussed included: understanding diagnosis, treatment, recovery, effective communication, self-care, crisis preparation and resources.

Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. PST
Family-to-Family is a FREE, 8-week education program for family, friends, and significant others of adults with mental health symptoms or conditions. Topics discussed include: mental health conditions, treatment, stress management, communication and more.

Mondays, January 10 - February 28, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Baby's Bounty Diaper Banks
3 Locations Available

To date, Baby’s Bounty has provided its diaper bank services to more than 17,000 families in Southern Nevada. It is closing in on its 1 millionth diaper and 3 millionth baby wipe given away. The diaper bank runs once a month at each of its three locations: Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas. Baby’s Bounty distributes a week’s worth of diapers and wipes per child.
Important Updates & Resources
Certified Doulas for the NCB Advisory Committee

The Nevada Certification Board (NCB) is seeking experienced doulas to serve on an NCB advisory committee and advise on voluntary state certification for doulas. NCB advisory committee members serve as subject matter experts and meet monthly or quarterly, depending upon committee priorities and deadlines.
 
If you would be interested in serving on the NCB Doula Advisory Committee, the Board is accepting applications through December 10, 2021. Meetings will begin in January 2022.
 
Preferred candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • A minimum of two years of experience providing direct doula services

The application consists of a resume and a brief personal statement that contains the following information:
  • Why you would like to participate in NCB Doula Advisory Committee activities
  • Your relevant experience and what you would add to the committee

Please send completed applications to Natalie Powell at npowell@casat.org.
5 to 11-Year-Olds Now Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine

After a successful clinical trial, the FDA authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years old on Friday, October 29, 2021. This is an important step toward community protection. The vaccine is a smaller dose (10 micrograms versus 30 micrograms) of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in those 12 and older. Not only is the vaccine dosage different, but it’s stored at a different temperature, meaning vaccine providers need to make special accommodations to offer it. To find a Nevada clinic or pharmacy that offers the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, visit nvcovidfighter.org, click the clinics page  and look for clinics with 5+ in the event title.

Updated Recommendations for Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

On November 29, 2021, CDC updated its recommendations for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine, stating that: 
  • Everyone age 18 and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine should get a booster shot at least 6 months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series
  • Everyone age 18 and older who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine should get a booster shot at least 2 months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series
  • People may choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots

CDC stated that studies have demonstrated the ability of booster shots to safely increase protection against infection and severe disease. CDC also noted that the recent emergence of the Omicron variant further stresses the importance of using all of our public health tools—vaccination, boosters, and other prevention efforts (masks, improving ventilation)—to strengthen our defenses against COVID-19 as we enter the winter holidays.

In addition to the CDC resources above, we wanted to make you aware of the HHS COVID-19 public education campaign, We Can Do This, which aims to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. The purpose of the campaign is to help the public make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19, including steps to protect themselves and their communities.

It is imperative that we continue to promote COVID-19 vaccines for MCH populations, including children, adolescents, and pregnant people. As of late November, only 35% of pregnant people were fully vaccinated prior to or during pregnancy; that percentage is substantially less (21.5%) for non-Hispanic Black individuals. We are making progress on child and adolescent vaccines. Nearly 15% of children ages 5-11 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and over half (51.3%) of adolescents ages 12-17 are now fully vaccinated. 
Tips for Finding the Most Affordable Formula & Alternatives
Updates provided by the Medical Home Portal
This resource provides clinicians with information and strategies to support families who need formula to feed their child. Occasionally, brand names or companies are mentioned to provide examples—the Medical Home Portal does not endorse a specific company or type of formula.
We Need Your Help!
Innovative Research & Analysis and NV Department of Health & Human Services

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a needs assessment related to services and programming available in our state. As part of this project, Innovative Research and Analysis has been tasked with developing and administering this survey to collect valuable perspectives from around Nevada. Please take this brief survey providing your feedback regarding the communities you live in and/or provide services to, your feedback is invaluable to our project.

If you have questions about this project, please contact Principal Investigator, Dr. Justin S Gardner at justin.gardner@innov8reanalysis.com.
Freedom from Smoking
7220 S. Cimarron Rd. Suite 195
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Kick the habit with this supportive multistep American Lung Association program. Classes meet on a weekly basis starting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

For more information, please call 702.616.4918.
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 info@immunizenevada.org.
Postpartum Support International
Information
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

Dignity Health
Free Virtual Classes & Workshops

Dignity Health Community Outreach is offering online and hybrid fitness, wellness, and children's classes.
OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS NOVEMBER 1ST!
Dignity Health Connecting You to Health Insurance Options! Are you uninsured? Navigators are available for Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance. Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022. For coverage beginning January 1, 2022 you must enroll by December 31, 2021. Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you generally can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Call for an appointment at 702-616-4904

Spanish-Speaking Navigators Available
New Mama Care Kits
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 Sponsor
Anthem Nevada Medicaid
Thank You Platinum Sponsor
Molina Healthcare
Helpful Information
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 Tori Diego by email Tori.Diego@DignityHealth.org.
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) 616-4912 | www.nvmch.org