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.
Welcome New Members
Nancy Bowen,  Nevada Primary Care Association
LaVerne Jackson, Nevada Primary Care Association
NVMCH Member Spotlight

Tawanda McIntosh
Facilitator for the R.I.S.E Support Group
Restore, Inspire, Support, Educate
We as professionals, should never stop learning and enhancing our skills to work better and work smarter, especially when it comes to the care of the community. Taking my own advice, I jumped at the opportunity to be introduced to a peer support model a couple of months ago. Group Peer Support (GPS) is a trauma-based model based on the understanding that a group setting can be a place of healing and growth, as well as a place of hurt and pain. The GPS is a compassion and strength based model, which believes that every person has the ability to heal, thrive and find the right road to positive growth in their own lives. The training was such an eye opener that it changed my whole prospective on how to facilitate a support group. The GPS model enables participants to feel empowered, capable of navigating their own feelings and working through tough situations. The safe space model keeps the group running smoothly as well as creating a consistent support system to the participants. Families walk away from the group, feeling heard and not alone.

Sitting in on this model was incredible. I was able to see participants feel at ease enough to let down their emotional wall and say things that they may have never shared; feeling free to say things that are not popular, or maybe even taboo. Watching this in action really set me up to embrace and fall in love with this model. I also walked away with new friends and connections. Imagine GPS models throughout Nevada making a vast difference and empowering parents daily. Knowing change is possible, I’ve taken the first step by helping to make it a reality in Southern Nevada. Facilitators begin making a difference with their own mindset first, then collaborating with others to foster change one group at a time. It’s time to break down the stigma of maternal mental health being a secret disease that is talked about in whispers rather than loudly. 

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 from 12PM to 1PM
Northern Nevada Maternal and Child Health Coalition's Spring Symposium
Friday, May 18th, 2018
Together, the Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition and the Northern Nevada MCH Coalition's Spring Symposium was a day of learning more about "Health Across the Lifespan." There were phenomenal speakers who were experts in the field of infant screening, maternal mental health including NICU support groups, adolescent medicine, school health, and advocacy who shared new and existing health practices that effect Nevadan's in all walks of life.
Upcoming Trainings and Events
Free Training on Supporting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities Who are Experiencing Relationship Abuse and Sexual Violence: Setting the Stage for Prevention
July 11, 2018 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
UNLV Student Union, Room 213
This training will give attendees the opportunity to increase their awareness of the key elements of a healthy and an abusive relationship while also developing a basic understanding of disabilities and how teens and young adults are targeted fro abuse. Intervention and prevention strategies will be discussed to ensure that teen and young adult survivors of relationship violence are receiving survivor- centered, trauma- informed assistance from domestic and sexual violence advocacy programs and disability service organizations.

Be sure to bring snacks and beverages for breaks, as well as lunch will be on your own.

Click here for the UNLV map. The Student Union is building 66, closest to parking lot D. 

If you have any questions, contact Sara Hanafi at .
Wednesday, September 12th from 11AM to 4PM at the Texas Station
For Registration or Exhibitor information please call 702.463.1415 or email
Save the Date
2018 Nevada Women's Health Symposium: Assuring Optimal Health Outcomes for all Moms and Babies
October 19, 2018 from 7:30AM to 5:15PM
The March of Dimes Nevada Women's Health Symposium attracts more than 100 perinatal service providers from the state of Nevada. The objective of the Symposium is to educate and motivate participants 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 mom 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.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

7.5 CEU's pending.

Registration Coming Soon! $60 fee.

If you have any questions or interested in learning more, contact Aimee Nussbaum at
Have you Heard the Second Episode of the Healthy Mom Happy Family Show?
Ashley Hanna-Morgan shares her journey through postpartum depression in 2015. She always mentions how her husband also struggled with depression. At the time, she looked all over to attend a support group but had no luck. After much research, she started her very own cognitive behavioral therapy support group in LA! What was the process like for Ashley to create an effective support group? She wanted a group that was more than just “venting” and actually help each other. Listen now to learn more about Ashley Hanna- Morgan and The Afterglow A Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Support Group Curriculum .
Does Your Organization Need a PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) Training?
In this training, your staff will have a better understanding of what PMADs are, who is impacted, know 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
PMAD Support Groups
Northern Nevada

Ashley Hanna Morgan, LCSW
Southern Nevada

Doulas of Las Vegas
2298 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy Suite 215
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 from 12PM to 1PM
Helpful Information
CDC Launched a Website on Infant and Toddler Nutrition
CDC is releasing a  website that brings together existing information and practical strategies on developing healthy eating patterns for infants and toddlers, from birth to 24 months of age.

Topics include:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Formula feeding
  • Essential vitamins & minerals
  • Introduction of solid foods
  • Foods and drinks to encourage
  • Tips on mealtime routines, …and more! 
Create a Breastfeeding Friendly Environment for your Employees
Carson City Health and Human Services has a new program to help businesses in Carson City and Douglas County support their employees that are new parents, with a new Breastfeeding Friendly program consisting of resources to provide education, information and equipment for your business and personnel, who would like to continue breastfeeding upon returning to work.

An environment that promotes breastfeeding could decrease stress in your staff as they adjust to this new chapter in their life.

For more information about this program for your business call  June Corbit, RN at
Finding Service Providers for Children and Families
The Nevada Medical Home Portal ‘s Services Directory offers information about 2,400 providers of valuable services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. The Portal receives information about a broad range of services from Nevada 2-1-1 and then categorizes and lists the services that are relevant for kids and families. The Portal also gathers information about providers of clinical services – physicians, mental health professionals, etc. – from a variety of sources. 
The Services Directory includes over 200 service categories, including:
  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Advocacy
  • Care Coordination
  • Childcare and Respite
  • Disability Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Independent Living
  • Medical Appointments Transportation
  • Mental Health/Counseling
  • Pediatric Sub-specialists
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Support Groups
  • Wish Foundations
  • and many more
You can browse the services by category or search by term/keyword, category, and/or city. If you don’t find a provider that should be included, please use the Suggest a New Provider link to let us know. Use the Suggest an Edit link (on the service provider detail display) to let us know about any errors you find.
The NV Medical Home Portal aims to help clinicians and families provide the best care to children with chronic conditions and to connect with key local services and other resources. Please take a look at the Portal and use the Feedback link to let us know what you think.  
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.
Nevada 2-1-1
Nevada 2-1-1 is a special telephone number reserved in Canada and the United States to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations. Dialing 2-1-1 in almost every part of the United States will connect you to human and social services for your area. 2-1-1 services include places to find emergency food, housing and emergency shelter locations, children's services, support for seniors older persons and people with disabilities, and mental health and counseling services, among many others.

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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