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. 
Healthy Moms and Children Strengthen Nevada
Special Announcement

A new year brings bigger and better opportunities. Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition will be releasing our very own podcast series. With this, we would love to have insightful conversations with people who are passionate about what they do and their impact in their community. We want to interview our members because we know everyone is involved in numerous organizations that have made a difference. Let us know if you are interested by emailing  Jackie Kennedy at  .
Join in Upcoming Trainings and Events
Mind in the Making
Southern Nevada Health District
280 S. Decatur Blvd.
February 15th & 16th, 2018

Presented by the Las Vegas Clark County Library District and hosted by the Family Community Action Network --  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs  by Ellen Galinsky. How can families and teachers give kids the life skills they need to cope in our multi-tasking, multimedia, modern world? Ellen Galinsky felt compelled to seek an answer to this question. She  has identified skills from child development research and neuroscience that help children thrive both now and in the future.  

Be sure to RSVP by January 15th to Diane Money or 702-759-1319

From Victim to Conqueror - A Mother's Experience with Human Trafficking Webinar
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2PM-2:30PM

Federal and state governments have focused on passage of legislation, training law enforcement officers and, more recently, educating health and social service providers providing services needed by survivors. Less effort has been focused on educating at risk women/girls and their families regarding human trafficking. Melinda Griffith, a member of the San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force, will share her personal experience as the parent of a woman who was trafficked by a family friend as well as lessons learned. 
To join the webinar,  click here!
Audio information: Conference Toll Free Number: 1(888) 790-3724
Participant Passcode: 7713149
Women Empowerment Classes 
The Women's Success Program

Foundation for Recovery is now offering the Women's Success Program. They offer a range of peer recovery support services for pregnant women as women with children who struggle with substance use disorders. Their main goal with this program is to reduce the likelihood of replace, support recovery, have their participants integrate back into the community, and rebuild self-esteem and their relationships. 
Upcoming PMAD Events and Trainings
Bringing Light to Motherhood App
Maternal Mental Health Now

This resource has been designed to help you feel more prepared to adjust to the demands, joys, and stressors of pregnancy and parenting. To help educate women and make them feel more comfortable, Maternal Mental Health NOW has developed Bringing Light to Motherhood , a mobile web-based app designed to decrease the stigma and shame associated with maternal depression, increase a patient's motivation to engage in treatment and provide tools for self-care and managing stress during this vulnerable period.  The app provides basic psycho-education for pregnant and new moms about the transition to motherhood including information about the emotional changes that often occur during the pregnancy and the postpartum period, the effects of untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, tips and strategies for managing stress, guides to determine when to seek professional help and an opportunity to create a postpartum care plan.  

Please check it out and share this app with the expectant and new mothers you are working with -

Serena Williams Talks Motherhood 

Serena Williams did an interview with Vogue discussing motherhood and the myths surrounding it. She speaks out about her struggles after giving birth and being bedridden. She broke down every time her baby cried, angry because of the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty. Williams proves that wealth, status, and success don't matter- no woman is immune to these feelings.   

PMAD Training in Reno
January 16, 2018

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (or PMADs) encompass a range of mental health disorders-including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder that occur during pregnancy or up to two years postpartum. Come and join in a free training on how to recognize PMAD and how to get help for your patients or clients.

Perinatal Mental Health Conference

The Afterglow PMADs Support Group Training 
Available in Las Vegas and Reno

Ashley Hanna Morgan will be facilitating a training that discusses the facts and research surrounding PMADs in moms and dads, going over group theory and dynamics, and using her curriculum as a guide:  The Afterglow: A Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder Support Group Curriculum. While all parents need support, this group is designed specifically for parents who experience anything that falls under Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), such as Perinatal or Postpartum Depression (PPD) or Prenatal or Postpartum Anxiety (PPA), anxiety, OCD, or PTSD. Whether you're a licensed mental health clinician of some kind, a nurse, a doula, a mid-wife, a lactation consultant, a grandparent, a rabbi, a pastor, or a parent who has fully recovered from a PMAD, you're qualified to lead a support group with a curriculum like this one to guide you. A good rule of thumb is to have been in recovery for at least a year before facilitating a support group for others. 

February 21st, 2018 at St. Rose Dominican Hospital  San Martin Campus
8280 West Warm Springs Rd., Aljian Conference Rooms, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at  Washoe County Health Department
1001 E 9th St B,  Room B,  Reno, Nevada 89512
GPS Training
March 5th to March 7th, 2018

GPS for Parents is based on over 20 years of work by the founders of MotherWoman, Annette Cycon, LICSW and Liz Friedman, MFA. Their innovative support group model has been successfully replicated nationally and has been shown to have significant positive effects on parenting. GPS for Parents is culturally co-created to ensure that all parents benefit from this approach to peer support. It's geared to providing the map to help naviage the challenges of parenting. This group is an integrated and intersectional community-based approach that supports the full spectrum of parenting.

This training welcomes professionals and community leaders who serve and reflect diverse communities including fathers, mothers and gender non-conforming parents; parents who are facing the challenges of new parenting including perinatal emotional complications, addiction, incarceration, racism and other oppressions, as well as parents from diverse traditions and cultures.

Come and join us in this three day training, March 5 through March 7, for Group Peer Support for perinatal Parents and Parents in Recovery. Participating in the full three days is strongly encouraged. CEU's pending.

If you or your organization is interested in more information or booking a PMAD training, please fill out our PMAD request form or visit the website. 

Useful Information
Tools and Resources for Substance Use During Pregnancy

This toolkit was created as an outgrowth of wider efforts through the Nevada National Governors Association Learning Network on Improving Birth Outcomes to help improve birth outcomes in core areas of focus, including promoting maternal, child and adolescent health, expanding healthcare access, reducing exposure to alcohol, drugs, and tabacco, as well as extending gestational periods.

Pregnancy Fairness Act 
The Nevada Pregnant Workers's Fairness Act provides protections to female employees and applicants for employment who are affected by a condition of the employee or applicant relating to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. It discusses the requirements and accommodations from employers for employees who fit under this act. 
Learn About Our Other Programs
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.

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. 

Job Oppurtunities
Personal Responsibility Education Program Coordinator

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health is seeking a temporary contractor to work 40 hours per week. This is a full-time, temporary contract position and work will be done in Carson City. This position is the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Person Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Coordinator for the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Section and will be responsible for the program implementation, grant management, and fiscal monitoring. If you are interested in this position or want to learn more, read the full description in the link below. 

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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