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Nevada Public Health Foundation

Nevada Public Health Foundation (NPHF) is a 501(c)(3) education organization serving as an essential public health partner in identifying opportunities, mobilizing resources, and delivering programs to build a healthy future for Nevada.

Our vision is for a healthy future for all Nevada communities and the people who live in them.

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  • 2nd Annual First Lady’s Summit on Children’s Mental Health

    May 15, 2014

    10:00 am to 3:00 pm

    Governor’s Mansion–Nevada Room

    606 North Mountain Street

    Carson City, NV 89703

    This is an invitation only event.

    If travel assistance is needed, registration must be completed by April 18, 2014

    If no travel assistance is needed, registration is open until May 7, 2014


  • Fostering Resilience: Serving Children and Families with Disabilities

    June 12th, 2014

    Tuscany Suites Hotel and Casino

    Las Vegas, NV

    8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Non-refundable fee of $35

    This conference is for all  professionals working with families with mental, developmental and physical disabilities.

    Professionals will acquire tools and resources in order to best assist vulnerable families, while helping cultivate empowerment and self-sufficiency.  The conference will offer 6 Continuing Education Units, including 2 hours Ethics.

    8:30-Ramona Denby-Brinson, PhD, and Judy Tudor, from UNLV: “Vulnerable Families and Child Maltreatment: Promoting Protective Capacities and Self-Sufficiency”
    9:30-Marcia O’Malley, Vice President, Family Voices:  ”In their shoes:  A Parent’s Perspective.”

    10:45 Julie Kotchevar, Aging and Disability Services Division:  ”Serving Children and Families with Disabilities”

    1:00 Tricia Woodliff, MA, Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services “The Impact of Trauma on Children”

    2:30 Ramona Denby-Brinson, PhD-Ethics

  • When is a Bruise Not a Bruise:

    Click Here to register for the Training in Reno – May 6
    Click Here to register for the Training in Las Vegas – May 13

    When is a Bruise Not a Bruise:
    Forensic Wound Identification and Documentation of Possible Abuse and Neglect   

    Participants from multiple disciplines will learn techniques for improving their verbal and physical assessments of abuse and neglect, forensic documentation, both written and photographic, of elderly and vulnerable individuals with possible abuse-related injuries. In addition, participants will learn to better assess if injuries were from falls versus being “found down.” Basic forensic terminology will be presented in a format immediately useful to various professionals. Using a case history approach, an extensive series of instructive injury slides will be shown to demonstrate patterned injuries and injuries in various stages of healing. The last part of the day-long workshop will include group participation and discussion to correctly identifying forensic injuries in two adjudicated cases and discuss how to best document and investigative the cases.

    Course Objectives:

    1. Better assess and document injuries resulting from falls versus being found down;
    2. More accurately document violence related injuries using correct medical forensic terminology;
    3. Identify the physical indicators of intentional abuse that will help differentiate intentional from accidental trauma and better explain unexplained injuries;
    4. Apply the principles of forensic photography into the individuals health and services records; and
    5. Review basic evidence collection and preservation tips.


    Course Outline

    850 am – 9 am                        Introductions – housekeeping

    9 am – 930 am                        Overview of falls, definitions, documentation, prevention (30 min)

    930 am to 1015 am                 Mechanisms of Injury, Theories of causation (45 min)

    1015 am – 1025 am                Morning Break

    1025 am – noon                      Alphabet of injuries (95 min)

    Noon – 1240 pm                     Lunch

    1240 pm – 145 pm                  Alphabet if injuries (65 min)

    145 pm – 230 pm                    Improving photo & written documentation/case histories (45 min)

    230 pm – 240 pm                    Afternoon break

    240 pm – 345 pm                    Evidence collection – case histories (65 min)

    345 pm – 400 pm                    Summary, Q & A, Local cases (15 min)

    360 minutes = 6 hours of content


  • Professional Resilience, Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout

    How the brain responds to trauma both direct and indirect, including the necessary tools to help maintain professional resilience.


    Click Here to register for April 1– Las Vegas, NV


    Click Here to register for April 3 – Reno, NV

    Designed for professionals who work with stressed clients and in high pressure environments, and, at times, crisis and traumatic situations This training focuses on the biology of high function brain states and how to achieve and maintain these under duress or immediately after. Robin helps people understand what happens to their thinking, health, stress levels and professionalism when they are under high pressure, and provides practical understanding and skills they can use immediately to transform dramatic and sometimes, emotional reactions into focused, professional responses and repeatedly to positively impact health while reducing stress levels.

    With a focus for those that work with highly agitated and/or frightened clients, Robin shares how to work with challenging or crisis behaviors, and importantly, not personalize them, reducing the vicarious trauma that can result from days of working with overwhelmed, angry or upset individuals. Participants consistently report that they emerge from this workshop with significant shifts in their ability to handle stressful scenarios, as well as change, well.

    • Learn how high brain function is negatively impacted by stress, hurry or worry
    • Understand the biochemistry and dynamics of ‘triggered’ emotions
    • Practice accessing the rational/thinking brain
    • Learn to respond from values and agreements rather than be hijacked by emotions
    • Learn to reduce stress and tension in your body immediately
    • Learn to disengage and reduce stress after crisis, incidents, confrontations or challenging interactions
    • Assess your personal stress levels, and stress indicators
    • Understand how thoughts, emotions and stress are linked
    • Learn to stop the stress cycle and activate a relaxation response
    • Identify what self-care practices increase resilience and prevent burnout
    • Appreciate the connections between play, hobby-time and workplace adaptability

  • World TB Day

    On Monday, March 24, 2014, in observance of World TB Day, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Tuberculosis Elimination and Control Program, in partnership with the Nevada Public Health Foundation and the Curry International Tuberculosis Center, will proudly present a morning of Tuberculosis education featuring Tracey D. Green, MD, Nevada’s Chief Medical Officer, and a keynote address by Jeffrey R. Starke, MD, internationally recognized expert in the management of childhood tuberculosis and mycobacteria infections. The event will take place at the Tuscany Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  This event is open to the public and online registration will be available beginning on February 20.

    Click Here to Register Today!