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 healthcare 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 Co-Chairs

Kayelynn Ogden


Jessica Lamb

Southern Nevada Chair

Michelle Gorelow
Director of Program Services, Advocacy, and Government Affairs
Positively Kids, Nevada Chapter

 Steering Committee

Malcolm Ahlo

Tobacco Control Program , Southern Nevada Health District

Theresa Chevalier, APN-BC/FNP

OBS Charity Clinic

Margarita L. DeSantos, RN, BSN

Community Health Nurse Manager, Southern Nevada Health District

Rutu Ezhuthachan MD, MMM, FAAP

Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Nevada

Leslie Kalyn MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, H2U Health Care Clinic

Gabriela Foster M. Ed

President, Jalen's Gift Foundation

Michelle Gorelow, MAEd

VP of Program Development, Positively Kids

Katie Nease, RN, CCM

High Risk OB Case Manager, United Health Care

Holly Lyman, MPH

Director, Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center of Excellence

Mary Ann Martinez

Community Health Worker, PACE Coalition

Jeffery D. (Mac) McWaine

Director of Operations, Southern Region, Nevada Health Centers Inc.

Lisa Pacheco, MSN, RN

Director, Family Resource Center, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC

Chris Pacini LPN/CLC/Manager/Health Coordinator

Silver State CPR Health Aware & Prevention, Head Start NN, Silver State CPR Health Awareness & Prevention

Tara D. Phebus, M.A.

Executive Director, Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy

Erika Ryst, M.D.

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

Fred Schultz, PA-C

CEO/Founder, Foundation for Positively Kids

Jessica Lamb

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.

Our Partners

Thank you to our supporting partners:

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