The Southern Nevada Health District is governed by a 14-member policy-making board composed of:
Two elected officials each from the Board of County Commissioners and the largest city in Clark County (City of Las Vegas)
One elected representative from each of the four remaining jurisdictions in the county (Boulder City, Henderson, Mesquite and North Las Vegas)
Six at-large members selected by the Board and meeting the following specifications:
Two representatives who are physicians licensed to practice medicine in this State, one of whom is selected on the basis of education, training, experience or demonstrated abilities in the provision of health care services to members of minority groups and other medically underserved populations.
One representative who is a registered nurse licensed to practice in Nevada.
One representative with a background or expertise in environmental health or environmental health services.
One representative of a nongaming business or from a business or industry that is subject to regulation by the health district.
One representative of the association of gaming establishments whose membership in the county collectively paid the most gross revenue fees to the State pursuant to NRS 463.370 in the preceding year, who must be selected from a list of nominees submitted by the association. If no such association exists, the representative selected pursuant to this subparagraph must represent the gaming industry. Information about the gaming member, which was added during the 2011 Legislative session, is available at www.leg.state.nv.us.
As such, it represents a unique consolidation of the public health needs of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite, North Las Vegas and Clark County, as well as minority groups, medically underserved populations, and local business and industry, into one regulating body.
Members of the District Board of Health serve terms of two years. Vacancies must be filled in the same manner as the original selection for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Members serve without additional compensation for their services, but are entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses for attending meetings or otherwise engaging in the business of the board.
The Southern Nevada District Board of Health, through policy development and direction to staff, identifies public health needs and, as mandated by County Ordinance 163, establishes priorities on behalf of local taxpayers, residents, tourists/visitors, and the commercial service industry:
“to establish and conduct a comprehensive program of health which shall include the promotion of environmental health, exclusive of air quality matters, maternal and child health, control of communicable diseases and the further programming of the prolonging of life and the promotion of the well-being of the people of Clark County” (Subsection b of Section 6).
The Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health districts in the nation. It serves a population of 1.7 million representing 69 percent of the state’s population and an average of 471,201 tourists daily, with a staff of approximately 500 employees working in four divisions. Public health services are available to everyone, regardless of income. Its mission:
“to protect and promote the health, the environment and the well being of Southern Nevada residents and visitors.”