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
Welcome New Members
Tsoler Keshishyan, Health & Disabilities Advocate
Alicia Briancon, Children's Advocacy Alliance
Simone BarbinAbandoned Babies
Desiree Vargas , March of Dimes
Diana Varillas, Acelero Learning
Cristina Hernandez, Doula
The Healthy Mom, Happy Family Show

A new year brings bigger and better opportunities, Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition is now releasing our very own podcast series. 

Our first podcast featured Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-MDT. Gabrielle is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor with over 20 years experience in the helping profession. She is currently the director of Training and Technical Assistance for Maternal Mental Health Now. She has ran several programs for high-risk children and teens, taught classes to parents of newborns and toddlers, and runs support groups for single parents and women with postpartum depression. Gabrielle has spoken widely, published articles on parenting, and served as editor for Bringing Light to Motherhood It will be in our next e-newsletter as well as on our NVMCH website.

We want to have insightful conversations with our MCH members who are passionate about what they do and their impact in our community. If you are interested, fill out the Podcast Request Form or email Jackie Kennedy at
Look Forward to our March NVMCH Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Interested in learning more about what the NV Statewide MCH Coalition is working on with the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder program? Join MCH members at the SN MCH coalition meeting as we welcome guest speaker, Anne Heppenstall, MSW, LCSW to learn about PMAD trainings, support groups and community outreach. The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 13
from 3-4:30 at the Southern NV Health District. 
Join in Upcoming Trainings and Events
Next Meeting for Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition

Las Vegas Tuesday, February 13th at 3PM
Southern NV Health District

Reno: Thursday, February 8th at 12PM
Washoe County Health District
Join in an Upcoming Web Forum: Cultivating Our Roots
Thursday, February 8, 2018
1PM-2PM ET/ 10AM  - 11AM PT

Join in an upcoming web forum called Cultivating Our Roots: Leveraging a Gendered and Cultured Lens to Advance Community Strategies to Improve Population Wide mental Health and Well-being. How can we implement a comprehensive approach to mental health and well-being that incorporates community prevention as a complement to clinical care and long term recovery supports? In this Web Forum, presenters will provide an overview of the Making Connections for Mental Well-being initiative and highlight community driven efforts to improve mental health and well-being. Go to for more information. 

Health Care Shortages in Nevada
Public Health ECHO Series
February 9, 2018 from 11AM to 12PM

Nevada has severe provider shortages in primary care, dental, and mental health care. The Primary Care Office (PCO) is federally funded to identify and quantify these shortages in Nevada. In this webinar, Scott Jones, the manager of the Primary Care Office (PCO), will review data from the PCO of statewide health professional shortages in primary care, dental, and mental health services. He will also review collaborative efforts, initiatives, and programs that support reducing these shortages by supporting recruitment and retention of providers in underserved areas. 

As manager, Scott Jones supervises state activities for federal designation of Health Professional Shortage Areas, state activities relating to the Nevada J-1 Physician Visa Waiver Program, and outreach activities for federal health provider loan repayment programs. He has a PhD in microbiology and immunology and studied the molecular biology of Hepatitis B Virus during his graduate work prior to his work in the state of Nevada. 

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Annual Confernce

The 2018 Annual Conference is right around the corner. This year's conference will be taking place in Arlington, Virginia on February 10-13th.  Click here  to see the full schedule of sessions and workshops offered at this year's conference. 
New Initiative Alert
Preconception collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIn)

This Preconception CoIIN brings together four states- California, Delaware, North Carolina, and Oklahoma- as well as numerous partners and subject matter experts, to develop, implement, and disseminate a woman-centered, clinician-engaged, community involved approach to the well-woman visit to improve the preconception health status of women of reproductive age, particularly low-income women and women of color. The four states will develop human-centered designed, adaptable models to effectively integrate preconception care into the well woman visit by 1) working with clinics, consumers and communities to implement validated screening tool(s) and response strategies, 2) enhancing state-level capacity to support effective implementation, and 3) disseminating strategies and successful models nationally.

If you are looking for more resources, try using AMCHP's  Innovation Station!
Battling the Opioid Epidemic: Critical Insights from Healthcare and Law
Las Vegas, NV
February 23, 2018 from 9AM to 5PM

Please join the UNLV Health Law Program on February 23, 2018, at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law to discuss the opioid epidemic. This day-long event will bring together leading experts to discuss the science of addiction and model policy reforms in Nevada, other states, and other countries.
Free Drug Trends Workshop
Word of Life Minitries 
2375 S. Virginia St., Reno
Friday, February 23, 2018 from 9AM- 12:30PM

Officer Jermaine Galloway, Tall Cop, will share information that will help you and your agency. Officer Galloway has been in law enforcement for 20 years and trained more than 105,000 people glowbally. Attendees will learn about evolving drug trends, drug clothing, alocohol and drug concealment methods and containers, new technology, youth party tendencies, drug lacing, marijuana wax, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, e-cigarettes, and popular party culture drugs. If you are interested, email your name and contact information to 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Webinar
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5PM

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), in partnership with American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is presenting a webinar,  Maternal Immunization: Understanding Safety and Efficacy and Making a Strong Recommendation on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET (2:00 PM PT). This free, 1 SME credit webinar will provide information on the safety and efficacy of maternal information and will give example of how to address these topics with patients by making a strong recommendation. The webinar will also identify resources for providers and patients regarding maternal immunizations. Continuing Medical Education credit is provided through joint providership with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  
Baby & Me- Tabacco Free Program
Healthy Babies. Born on Time. 

You and your baby can be tobacco free. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health and the health of your baby! Learn more by clicking on the links below, available in both English and Spanish. 

Learn More About PMAD
A Mom with Postpartum Depression Asked for Help. Her Nurse Called the Cops
Huffington Post

It's every mom with postpartum depression's worst nightmare: seeking help only to have children's aid called, or worse, the cops. Jessica Porten of Sacramento, California experienced just that. She went in for her first OB appointment since giving birth 4 months prior. She spoke to a nurse practitioner about having postpartum depression and expressed interest in discussing her medication options. Instead of getting resources and the help she was seeking, cops were called and she was escorted to the ER and later discharged with nothing but printouts of possible resources. 

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, 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 one year before facilitating a support group for others. 

February 21st, 2018 from 8AM-5PM | St. Rose Dominican Hospital San Martin Campus
8280 West Warm Springs Rd.| Aljian Conference Rooms | Las Vegas, NV 89113

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | Washoe County Health Department
1001 E 9th St B | Room B | Reno, Nevada 89512
Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Save the Date for BMMA's first Black Maternal Health Week April 11-17, 2018. The week will be dedicated to awareness raising for Black Mamas! Use hashtags #BlackMaternalHealthWeek and #BlackMHWeek2018 to show support. 

PMAD Training

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. 
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.

Support Groups
Northern Nevada Southern Nevada
Ashley Hanna Morgan, LCSW
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

Postpartum Support Group led by Kaleigh Mancha
Shining Star Community Services
4580 S. Eastern Ave Ste 33
Las Vegas, NV 89119
First and Third Tuesday's of each month at 10:00AM
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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