16th September 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST

Join us this fall at Camp C.O.P.E., where we’ll be Creating Open-hearted Peaceful Experiences for our campers.
We’re preparing the campgrounds as we speak, so keep your binoculars and compass close by to find your way over. Click the link below for more information on our powerful presentations focused on maternal, child, baby, and family-related topics.

We’re looking for Camp Counselors to lead Campfire Sessions throughout the day. Some session topics to include:

  • Healthy coping skills (Perinatal, postpartum)
  • Surviving and thriving parenthood (Feeding sensitivity, Picky eating, Milestones, Developmental delays, Relationships, Adoptive families)
  • Birth trauma and recovery (Delivery, Loss, Infertility)
  • Diversity and inclusion in the community

If you’re interested, please email for more information.

About Us

Children are our future. The Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coalition believes that every child deserves a healthy start – it’s the best gift a community can give to its children.  The Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition works with community partners to advocate for preconception health, developmental screening, breastfeeding, physical activity, and more for mothers and children. 

To better serve the entire state of Nevada, the MCH Coalition offers membership, resources and support in Northern and Southern Nevada.  Together, the Northern and Southern Nevada Coalitions serves to nurture and enhance the knowledge and capacity of the healthcare community to better serve the needs of families.

The NV Statewide MCH Coalition subgrant 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.


Our Mission

To provide leadership in partnership with public and private organizations to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child population in Nevada including children with special needs. 

Our Goals
  • Promote and facilitate access to preventative, rehabilitative and child health care services.
  • Advocate for the timely identification of children and adolescents with special health care needs and promote appropriate intervention.
  • Create awareness regarding the importance of routine mental health screening and identification and referral to appropriate resources for care and follow-up.
  • Promote access to comprehensive pre-conception, prenatal and postnatal care to women, especially low-income and at-risk pregnant women.
  • Reduce risk factors which contribute to unhealthy outcomes among Nevada’s maternal and child health population through the use of evidence-based practice and research.
  • Raise awareness about available resources and services  that promote and ensure the well-being of Nevada’s maternal, child and adolescent health populations.

Northern Nevada

Rebecca Gonzales, Chair

Kelcie Atkin, Co-Chair

Jose Gomez, Secretary

Southern Nevada

Margarita L. DeSantos, Chair

Kim Amato, Co-Chair

Jennifer Detommaso, Secretary

Tasha Choi, Treasurer

Performance Measures

Performance Measures provides a focal point and describes a specific maternal and child health need that, when successfully addressed, can lead to a better health outcome within a specific time frame.

 Steering Committee

Rutu Ezhuthachan MD, MMM, FAAP

Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Nevada

Leslie Kalyn MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, H2U Health Care Clinic

Margarita L. DeSantos, RN, BSN

Community Health Nurse Manager, Southern Nevada Health District

Michelle Gorelow, MAEd

VP of Program Development, Positively Kids

Katie Nease, RN, CCM

High Risk OB Case Manager, United Health Care

Gabriela Foster M. Ed

President, Jalen's Gift Foundation

Chris Pacini LPN/CLC/Manager/Health Coordinator

Silver State CPR Health Awareness & Prevention

Erick Lopez, M.A.

Assistant Research Analyst, Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy

Holly Lyman, MPH

Director, Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center of Excellence

Fred Schultz, PA-C

CEO/Founder, Foundation for Positively Kids

Erika Ryst, M.D.

Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Kim Amato

Founder and Board President for Baby's Bounty

Antonina Capurro, DMD, MPH, MBA

Nevada State Dental Health Officer and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Lora Carlson, RN

Megan Schwarzrock, RN, BSN

Health Coordinator, UNR Early Head Start

Laura Oslund

Executive Director, PACE Coalition

Our Partners

Thank you to our supporting partners:

For more information on supporting the MCH Coalition, please contact us.