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Happy Holidays!
The Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season! There will be no meetings or newsletters sent in the month of December. But email updates will be sent out accordingly. For any updates or events in the month of December 2020 and January 2021 please continue to send them to Tasha at .
Upcoming Meetings
Northern Nevada MCH Meeting

Thursday, January 14th, 2021
8:30 am - 10:00am

Meeting Details TBA
Southern Nevada MCH Meeting

Tuesday, Janaury 12th, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Details TBA
Upcoming Trainings and Events
A Letter From Catherine Cortez Masto
Nevada Health Link's Open Enrollment
Fellow Nevadan,

Nevada Health Link’s Open Enrollment Period starts today! Take time to shop and select a health care plan on between now and January 15th. Though the open enrollment period this year has been extended until January 15th, if you’d like your coverage to begin on January 1st, 2021, you must enroll by December 31st of this year.
I know many of you have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and want to protect your family. One of the ways you can keep your family safe is taking the time to sign up for health care during the open enrollment period. Remember that you can check your eligibility for subsidies and premium assistance through the website. It’s quick and easy to find a plan that’s right for you and your family, so head over to Nevada Health Link by clicking HERE
If you need help finding the right plan for you and your family, Nevada Health Link has a statewide network of licensed enrollment professionals who can help you enroll at no cost.

Catherine Cortez Masto
Find licensed enrollment professionals in your area!
Nevada Sickle Cell Virtual Symposium 2020
November 18th to 21st
Nevada’s Sickle Cell Community Based Organizations are hosting this year’s Nevada Virtual Sickle Cell Symposium 2020 on November 18-21, 12PM-2PM PST. The theme is Sickle Cell Unite: Bridging the Gap. The community event will include multiple virtual sessions.

1) Sickle Cell Trait - November 18 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

2) SCD Transitioning to Adult Healthcare - November 19 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

3) New Sickle Cell Therapies - November 20 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

4) Sickle Cell Pain: What to do! - November 21 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Exhibitor Hall will be open from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

The location is Virtual via Whova.

For those with questions or who desire to donate, please contact Linetta Barnes at (702) 417-3175 or
Dignity Health
Free Virtual Classes
Monday through Friday

Dignity Health Community Outreach is offering online fitness, wellness, and children's classes.
Newest class addition is a Children's Yoga class on Saturdays. This class starts October 3rd through December 19th, at 11:00am
2020 Caregiver Recognition Virtual event
Thursday, November 19th 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm PT
The Nevada Care Givers Coalition is ow accepting nominations for their 15th Annual Caregiver Recognition Virtual Event. They will be recognizing caregivers and businesses/agencies that support the caregiving cause.
Please submit Caregivers to be recognized in the following categories:
  1. Family Caregiver
  2. In-Home Paid Caregiver
  3. In-Facility Caregiver (including adult day programs)
  4. Volunteer Hospice or Community Caregiver
  5. Caregiver for Youth with Special Needs (22 yrs or younger)
  6. Dual Life Caregiver (employee and primary caregiver)
  7. Caregiver for a Veteran
If you know someone who is a true “unsung hero,” consider recognizing them so they can receive the honor they deserve during our event.
Register and submit your recognitions at:

The Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity
Webinar Available
NVPCA and Adolescent Health Initiative
E-Focus Groups and Virtual Listening Sessions
VPCA is utilizing the expertise of AHI - a leading national organization that works to improve the quality of care provided to adolescents. We have leveraged NVPCA grant funds and are offering each NV health center the opportunity to participate.
The Virtual Listening Session is a way to obtain input and understand the experience of, and needs for health care, from adolescents and young adults who are FQHC patients, or could become a patient. Reaching people in the communities who are not their patients will be important too. Questions will focus on adolescent health care services, preventive care, reproductive health, substance use, pregnancy prevention and related topics. Feedback will be obtained on: Accessibility, prevention, barriers, resources, retention, services and confidentiality.
Ideally 10-15 (up to 20) people sign up to participate/VLS. We want people to be patients of the FQHC or live near an FQHC that they then participate in their VLS. The feedback will be summarized in a report so that each health center can identify actions for improvement regarding their adolescent services and being a teen-friendly clinic The six health center’s are seeking to more meaningfully and equitably collaborate with young people.
A focus group, Virtual Listening Session (VLS), has been scheduled for the four health center’s listed above in November or December. None of the FQHC staff should be participating in the VLS, only the AHI staff who facilitate the conversation. This allows the target audience to speak openly and honestly.
VLS participants will be given an e-gift card for participation that NVPCA will pay for and distribute. A summary report will be provided to each FQHC from this youth input activity so that they can create meaningful action based on their perspectives. 
Prevent Child Abuse Nevada
Biannual Webinar 2020
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Babies Born, What You Should Know
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
This webinar series will provide those who serve infants with, or at-risk for, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and their families the information they need to provide compassionate and effective support and intervention. The training will include detailed information about NAS and appropriate care of and intervention for the infant and family, including developmental and child health outcomes, screening, and strategies for working with families challenged by addiction.
Postpartum Support International
Free Support Groups for Mothers
PSI has increased the number of free weekly online support groups, and added one for pregnancy mood support.
Biggest Little Baby
Free Virtual Support Groups
Biggest Little Baby has 4 virtual support groups currently

Monday 12pm- Milk Makers Circle (moderated by an IBCLC and IBCLC in training)

Wednesday 6pm- BIPOC Mother’s Support Group: Brand new group moderated by Women of Color who have lactation education training… for moms pregnancy through toddlerhood regardless of feeding choices

Thursday 12pm- Circle of Babies: General infant advice

Saturday 12pm- Primed Pregnancy Circle: Emotional and social support, advice from a doula and childbirth educator

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.
Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA)
Point of Impact - Car Seat Inspections
Multiple Locations in Reno
The Reno Car Seat Inspection and Installation is offering car seat inspections. Staff and volunteers will check for defects, check the installation, and correct any problems and provide education on the proper use and installation of the car seat. Appointments are also available.

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 |