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Upcoming Training's and Events
Immunize Nevada
2018 Nevada Health Conference
October 15th-16th, 2018
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa I 3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

The Nevada Health Conference will be a interdisciplinary conference educating practitioners and community partners from different health professions. Plenary and workshop sessions offer cutting edge information to help support the communities you live and work in.
This year’s theme, “Paving the Path for a Healthy Nevada” highlights the importance of collaboration with other healthcare disciplines, addresses the health disparities, barriers, and challenges that continue to exist across the lifespan through an array of healthcare-related fields.

March of Dimes Nevada 2018
Women's Health Symposium Assuring Optimal Health Outcomes
for all Moms and Babies
October 19th, 2018 at 7:30am - 4:30pm PT
Suncoast Hotel and Casino I 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145

The March of Dimes Nevada Women's Health Symposium educates and motivates perinatal service providers from the state of Nevada to examine their practice, and make changes that will positively affect women before, during and after pregnancy, and result in a healthier outcome for both mother and baby. This year's focus will be on evidence-based interventions to prevent preterm birth, strategies to improve health equity, and risk-appropriate care.

Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition
Fall Education Event
October 20th, 2018 at 7:30am - 5:00pm
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa I 3800 S. Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

The Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition is opening registration for their upcoming Fall Education Event. The event will feature guest speaker Nancy Mohrbacher. Up to 7 L-Cerps and/or 7 CEUs will be available

Operation Underground Railroad
Run to Break the Chain LV 2018
October 20th, 2018 at 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Kellogg-Zacher Sports Complex I 7901 W. Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89128

With over 2 Million children involved in the slave trade today Operation Underground Railroad has gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.'s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts.

These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.

Free Flu Vaccine Clinic
October 24th, 2018 at 4:00pm - 7:00pm
The Discovery Museum I 490 S. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501
Flu vaccines will be available at low or no-cost for children and adults who qualify. Flu vaccines will be administered by Washoe County Health District on a first-come-first-serve basis while supplies last. If you have health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or Nevada Checkup, please have your insurance card with you. If available, please bring the child’s immunization record.
All children who get a flu shot (plus one adult per family) will be given free admission to the museum between 4-8 PM that day.
For more information please contact: Lily Davalos at or Katie Metz at
ECHO Clinics - Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday I 8:00am - 9:00am

This ECHO series will review the area of assessment, management, and continuation of care for expectant mother's with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The team consists of Dr. Andria Peterson and Dr. Deepa Sonpatki who have extensive experience in the areas of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), management high-risk pregnancies, as well as post-partum care of mother's and infants.

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research & Policy
and Children's Advocacy Alliance
Systems Thinking for Nevada's Future
November 7th, 2018 at 9:00am - 2:30pm
The Nevada Institute for Children's Research & Policy and the Children's Advocacy Alliance will present to help Nevada's Early Childhood professionals think differently of ways to improve systems for children and families. Attend this meeting to keep up with the progress made so far.

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Contractor Job Announcement for
Center of Chronic Disease Prevention
Project Coordinator & Project Evaluator
The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDPHP) Section is seeking a full-time, 40 hours per week, Project Coordinator for CDC 1815 grant, which funds the Nevada’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Program. This contract position will be in Carson City, Nevada. The CDC 1815 Project Coordinator will assist the data collection, analysis, and reporting for the projects funded by the CDC 1815 grant. The DPCP serves to promote prevention and management of diabetes through clinical and community linkages, while the HDSP Program implements and evaluates health systems interventions to improve management of hypertension and high cholesterol among at-risk Nevadans.

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDPHP) Section is seeking a full-time, 40 hours per week, Project Evaluator for CDC 1817 grant, which funds the innovative strategies for prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This contract position will be in Carson City, Nevada. The CDC 1817 Project Evaluator will assist the data collection, analysis, and reporting for the projects funded by the CDC 1817 grant. 

Is your organization interested in learning about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)?
Use the request form below to sign up for a training
In this 90-minute training, staff 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 fill out the   Request Form   and email it to .

PMAD Materials Available
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PMAD Support Groups
Northern Nevada

Ashley Hanna Morgan, LCSW
Southern Nevada

Doulas of Las Vegas
2298 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy Suite 108
Henderson, NV 89052
First and Third Monday's of every month at 7:30PM
PSI Weekly Online Support Groups
Wednesday Chats for Moms  (English and Spanish)
Chat Number: (800) 944-8766
Participant Code: 73162
R.I.S.E. Support Group
Restore. Inspire. Support. Educate.
Barbara Greenspun Womenscare Center
2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy. Suite 180
Henderson, NV 89074
Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 2PM to 1PM
Healthy Mom Happy Family Show
Are you all caught up on our podcast
the Healthy Mom Happy Family Show?
Episode 006: Importance of Baby Wellness Checkups with Dr. Jinsy Jacobs

"It's really important to follow up because in the first month babies are vulnerable."

Pediatrician Jinsy Jacobs discusses the importance of wellness checks for the mother and baby following discharge from the hospital. Some key factors that attribute to the lack of wellness checks is miscommunication and awareness between the healthcare provider and patient.

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.

Opening Doors for Young Parents Report
In its latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the needs and challenges of the more than 6 million young adult parents and their children living in the United States. Opening Doors for Young Parents illustrates the challenges young parents encounter especially in a changing economy. For example, young parents (ages 18-24) are more likely to work full-time than non-parents, but their median annual family income is just $23,000 — only slightly above the federal poverty level for a family of three.
In Nevada specifically, there are 29,000 kids who have young parents and of those, 60% live in low-income households.
If you would like a copy of the complete report, please email Aaliyah Goodie at or click here
Nevada Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Nevada ranks near last nationally in rates of lead poisoning screening in children. Research shows there is no safe level of pediatric lead exposure and at low doses most kids show no symptoms, which is why testing is so important. Chronic or high doses of exposure can cause many symptoms, including behavioral and learning disorders, nervous system damage, reduced IQ, or even death. The CDC recommends testing at 12 and 24 months or at least once before age 6 if not previously tested. However, less than 3% of children in Nevada are currently tested. Make sure your children are safe. Blood lead testing is covered by Medicaid, Nevada Check Up and most private insurances. Talk to your primary care physician or pediatrician today.
Lead can be found in your home or in things you bring into your home. Lead hazards exist in older homes (pre-1978), imported products and everyday items like mini blinds, keys, and jewelry. The Nevada Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program aims to improve testing rates for children in Nevada through community engagement and outreach to medical professionals and healthcare providers. For FREE lead-poisoning prevention educational brochures or posters for your office or clients order, please call 702-895-1040. For more information on lead dangers and testing, visit
Technical Bulletin from the
Division of Health Care Financing and Policy
Learn more about how the Nevada Division of Health care Financing and Policy and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health are collaborating on encouraging providers to offer long acting reversible contraceptives in an effort to aid the increase of infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Mothers pregnant with their first baby are eligible to get connected with a free personal nurse from Nurse Family Partnership
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
Unsafe sleeping conditions kill a baby almost every two weeks in Clark County
Unsafe sleeping conditions are due to suffocating or rolling off the bed and it happens to any demographic. These deaths are preventable and Baby's Bounty works to prevent those deaths by helping to distribute essential baby items, including cribs to many families in Nevada.

Read more about unsafe sleeping conditions here

Learn more about Baby's Bounty here
Around 3,500 babies die from sleep-related deaths every year. We can change those numbers by having better conversations with caregivers about what safe sleep recommendations look like and why following them can save a baby's life.

To help support and spark those conversations, take this video quiz that reviews recommended safe sleep practices. The quiz is not a test; instead, it is an interactive teaching tool to help health professionals engage families in conversations about what safe sleep looks like and why it is important. 
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.

The coalition has flyers to distribute to the community, if your organization wants flyers contact Jacqueline Kennedy by email   or call 702-616-4970.
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. 
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.
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