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Healthy Moms and Children Strengthen Nevada
Welcome New Member
Brittni Winkler,  WIC
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have partnered to launch social media around the theme "See Me For Me." The campaign includes graphics and resource guides of content you can share this month on social media.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Throughout the month of March, there will be postings of resources across social media including videos, blogs, toolkits and other shareable content. The goal of the campaign is to showcase the excellent work DD Councils, organizations and individuals are doing. If you have any resources or materials that you think should be included in the campaign, please send them to Deanna Hartzman, NACDD Communications Specialist, at .

Mason City School Raises over $20,000 for Inclusive Playground
Earlier this year, a high school in Mason, Ohio raised over $20,000 at a wheelchair basketball game to put toward "Common Ground," a playground with ramps and equipment adapted to accommodate children with physical disabilities. This fundraiser adds to the previous donations of $800,000 to make this dream become a reality.

Upcoming Trainings and Events
Prevent Child Abuse
The mission of Prevent Child Abuse is to ensure that Nevada's children thrive in safe, stable, and nurturing environments and relationships. Through providing education, advocacy, and awareness, Prevent Child Abuse Nevada aims to inspire communities to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The shared vision is for every child to have a great childhood because our children are our future. They believe in prevention by using supportive research showing how the prevention of adverse childhood experiences such as abuse and neglect can have an enormous impact the health of our society.
Go Blue Day
Friday, April 6, 2018
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In an effort to further raise awareness on the importance in helping to celebrate every child's right to a safe, healthy, and happy childhood, PCANV has again partnered with

Are you asking how do I participate in Go BLUE Day, April 6th?
You can participate by doing the following:
  • Wear Blue on April 6th, 2018
  • Post it on social media and use the hashtag #GoBlueNV
  • Tag Prevent Child Abuse Nevada

Children's Day on the Comstock
Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 11AM to 3 PM
Miners Park, Virginia City, NV
Come enjoy a free, fun-filled day of interactive activities for all ages! Pancake breakfast will be provided by Peas & Carrots Child Care from 8 AM to 10 AM. The park will open at 11 AM, where you and your family can enjoy face painting, live music, games, activities, prizes for everyone, and resources for parents.

Week of the Young Child is a National event focusing on the needs of young children and their families, through education and support. Early childhood years, from birth to age 8 lay the foundation for children and their successes throughout like. We as a community need to encourage young people and guide them in planning their future. This is a time to plan how our community will meet the needs of children and their families.

For more information, contact Mary Rocha at 775-720-2989 or
Cancer Thriving and Surviving Workshop
Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in partnership with The Caring Place is presenting the Cancer Thriving and Surviving Workshop at The Caring Place.

The Cancer Thriving and Surviving Program is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University School of Medicine. Learn how to set personal goals and develop the skills you need to overcome barriers and successfully manage your health. The program will not conflict with your existing programs or treatment; it is designed to enhance regular treatment.

The program helps you in:
  • Developing techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty
  • Learning appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance
  • Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Setting priorities

Join in on this interactive 6 week workshop located at:
3711 E. Sunset Rd. Ste. #1, Las Vegas, NV 89120
Tuesdays, April 3rd through May, 8th, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

To register for a workshop, please call 702-871-7333

Freedom from Smoking
Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in partnership with the American Lung Association will be offering the Freedom From Smoking Clinic at the WomensCare and Community Outreach Center in Henderson.

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.

Overseen by a certified facilitator, you will learn:
  • How to know if you're really ready to quit
  • Medications that can increase your success
  • Lifestyle changes to make quitting easier
  • How to prepare for you quit day
  • Coping strategies for managing stress and avoiding weight gain
  • How to stay smoke free for good

98 E. Lake mead Pkwy, Ste. 301, Henderson, NV 89015
Mondays from April 9th until May 21st, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM along with one Wednesday, May 2nd.Quit Day is April 30th, 2018.

To register for this program call 702-616-4900 or email
Become a Vendor at the 2018 Nevada Department of Education Mega Conference
The Mega Conference Share Fair event takes place on the first evening of the Mega Conference to showcase non-profit organizations that serve as community resources for educators and students. Non-profit organizations are invited to share their information on Friday, April 20, 2018. The opening keynote address is at 5:00 PM , after which all attendees will be invited to enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and visit the Share Fair vendors from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM . Conference attendees will receive CEU credit for visiting the Share Fair Vendors. Share Fair Vendors must be set up by 6:15 PM .

Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino | 3700 West Flamingo Rd. | Las Vegas, NV 89103

If you would like more information on the Mega Conference, or would like to register to attend the Mega Conference, please visit
Motherhood ColorWalk
2020 Mom
Join in the first annual Motherhood ColorWalk in May 2018, to kick off Maternal Health Month and Maternal Mental Health Month, to BE BOLD and raise funds and awareness for maternal mental health.

Motherhood ColorWalks are about being together, raising awareness in local communities, and having friends and family "donate for distribution". #ColorWalk4Moms2018

J oin to walk together, heal together, and make a difference together.

Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health Webinar Series
Maternal Mental Health NOW
This FREE webinar series that deepens our conversations about diversity, determinants and disparities in perinatal mental health. The series is free to all but prior registration is required. The next webinar is on April 12th discussing LGBTQIA and perinatal mental health with Alissa Nelson, MA, MSW, MPH and Elyse Springer, MA-CLP, LMFT.

Helpful Information
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, for your 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
Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants
SAMHSA has released a new tool to assist health care providers in caring for pregnant women and new mothers with opioid use disorder and their infants. The new publication, Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants, including 16 fact sheets, with each fact sheet containing four elements:
  • Clinical scenario
  • Clinical action steps
  • Supporting evidence and clinical considerations
  • Web resources
SAMHSA developed the Clinical Guidance to meet an urgent need among health care professionals for reliable, useful, and accurate information when caring for these populations.

Nevada Medical Home Portal
An aim of the Nevada Medical Home Portal is to help clinicians, families, and care coordinators share information on how best to care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). To this end, the Portal’s Diagnoses & Conditions section contains “diagnosis modules” for each of 52 chronic conditions that range from relatively common to quite rare (see the Diagnosis Prevalence List ). Each module includes information about the condition’s genetics, prognosis, published practice guidelines, clinical assessment, treatment and management, resources for clinicians and families, and more. We also address which specialists and other services are useful and offer information about providers of those services in Nevada. Module authors are each expert in the condition and the modules are reviewed by expert peers and the Portal editors. 

The modules are written primarily for clinicians and families can learn a lot from them, including the terms they may hear used by their providers. However, family members may prefer to start with the Diagnoses & Conditions FAQs where they will find answers to some of the common questions families have about those conditions and links to more reliable information sources on the web. Conditions for which the Portal offers Frequently Asked Questions include Anxiety Disorders , Asthma , Autism Spectrum Disorder , Childhood Obesity , Depression , Down Syndrome , Fragile X Syndrome , Headache , Neurofibromatosis Type 1 , Premature Infant Follow-up , and 42 more.

The NV Medical Home Portal hopes to help clinicians and families provide the best care to children with chronic conditions. Please look at what the Portal offers and use the Feedback link to let us know what you think.  
Legislative Update
The most recent legislative session passed three bills to improve health and wellness in the maternal and child health populations. Click on the links for detailed information on each bill.
PMAD Support Groups
Northern Nevada

Ashley Hanna Morgan, LCSW

PSI Weekly Online Support Groups
Wednesday Chats for Moms  (English and Spanish)
Chat Number: (800) 944-8766
Participant Code: 73162
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
PMAD Support Group
Barbara Greenspun Womenscare Center
2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy. Suite 180
Henderson,  NV  89074
Every 2nd and 4th Friday beginning April 13th from 12PM to 1PM
Learn About MCH Programs
Go Before You Show
The NV Statewide MCH Coalition is working with the Go Before You Show campaign to encourage young women who think they may be pregnant to see a doctor. The coalition has flyers to distribute to the community, if your organization could distribute flyers and help get the word out, contact Jacqueline Kennedy by email  or call 702-616-4970.
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) 616-4970 | Fax: (702) 616-4921 |