Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board

    The Maternal & Child Health Advisory Board (MCHAB) consists of nine members to be appointed by the State Board of Health from a list of persons provided from the Administrator of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health as well as two nonvoting members appointed by the Legislative Commission; one who is a member of the Senate and one who is a member of the Assembly. (See NRS 442.133)

      The Advisory Board provides comprehensive advice and guidance to the State Division of Public and Behavioral Health to ensure the enhancement and development of vital services to promote the healthy birth, growth and development of Nevada’s children. Per Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) the Board advises the Administrator of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health “concerning perinatal care to enhance the survivability and health of infants and mothers, and concerning initiatives to improve the health of preschool children.” Every effort is made to ensure that the State Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board is representative of Nevada’s population both culturally and geographically while including a broad range of disciplines and interests, including parent representation.

        The State Title V /Maternal and Child Health Program is housed in the Bureau of Child, Family and Community Wellness within the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The goal of the State Maternal and Child Health Program is to improve the health of families, specifically pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents, including Children with Special Health Care Needs. The Program is funded by Title V of the Social Security Act, the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. This federal legislation, which dates back to 1935, calls for services that are “comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, community-based, and culturally appropriate.”

          MCHAB Board Member Vacancy

          The Maternal Child Health Advisory Board (MCHAB) seeks interested candidates to submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) to fill a vacant Board Member seat (vacancy effective as of 6/30/17). While the Board has expressed interest in filling the vacancy historically held by a representative in the Public Health field from Washoe County, all interested parties throughout the State are welcome to apply. Documents provided will be submitted to the Board for consideration for recommendation of appointment to the Administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.  The Administrator will take Board recommendations under consideration for possible forwarding as recommendations to the State Board of Health for consideration for appointment. 

          The purpose and objectives of the MCHAB can be found in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 442.137 here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-442.html#NRS442Sec133  

          Further information and past meeting minutes of the MCHAB can be found here:  http://dpbh.nv.gov/Boards/MCAB/Maternal_and_Child_Health_Advisory_Board_home/  

          Please submit resume or CV to Deborah Tom (dtom@health.nv.gov) by June 30, 2017, to be included in the public MCHAB meeting packet for the August 4, 2017 Board Meeting. 

            Last Updated: 5/15/2017