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.
Wishing you and all your loved ones health and happiness this new year.
National Health Observances: January
National Blood Donor Month
The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed this holiday season. 

The month of January is usually a period of critical blood shortages. People stop donating blood during the holidays and when they get sick during cold and flu season. Blood drives also get snowed out during the winter months.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
This is a time to raise awareness about cervical cancer, HPV, and the importance of getting screened. More than 14,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening. You can learn more at CDC's resource page.
National Birth Defects Awareness Month
Birth defects are structural changes that affect one or more parts of the body (e.g. heart, brain, foot). They develop most often during the first three months of pregnancy, when a baby’s organs are forming and can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops and functions. About 1 in 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect each year, according to the CDC. Common birth defects include congenital heart defectscleft lip and cleft palate and spina bifida.

Your genetics, behaviors and social and environmental factors can impact the risk for birth defects, and not all birth defects can be prevented. However, there are things you can do to increase your chance of having a healthy, fully-term pregnancy and baby – and National Birth Defects Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn about them. Understanding birth defects across the lifespan can help those affected by birth defects have the information they need to seek proper care.
Upcoming Coalition Meetings
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting to be held on January 13, 2022
Meeting ID: 927 6240 6958
Password: NVMCH

Now accepting nominations for Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary!
Please send nominations to Tori at
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting
Next Meeting to be held on January 11, 2022
Meeting number (access code): 2554 083 8443
Meeting password: UiKkn5kHs84

Upcoming Events & Trainings
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.
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.
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-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.
An Overview for Parents and Caregivers Considering the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children (5-11 years old)
January 12, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST

Register Today for Immunize Nevada's
NILE Webinar:

Upon completion of this webinar, parents/caregivers will be able to:
  • Understand the benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
  • Know how to prepare their child for the COVID-19 Vaccine, including what to expect during and after the vaccine
  • Understand ways to protect their child, family, and community from COVID-19
Important Updates & Resources
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.
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.
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 - 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? Navigators are available for Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance. Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022. Coverage selected by January 15 will begin on February 1. 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 Sponsors
Anthem Nevada Medicaid & Molina Healthcare
Helpful Information
Calling All First Time Moms!
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!
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
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 |