Southern Nevada Health District hosts Nevada County Health Rankings briefing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

16 March, 2016

LAS VEGAS — The Southern Nevada Health District is hosting a briefing of the 2016 Nevada County Health Rankings today. The Rankings are released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. The briefing will be held at the Health District’s main facility at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. in the Red Rock Conference Room.

“This briefing will be our first opportunity since last year to share our county specific data with our community partners,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

“The information provided by the Rankings is important for allowing the Health District and our partners, to better assess our programs and policies for maximum impact in Southern Nevada.,” said Dr. Iser.

Speakers will include Dr. Joe Iser and Tony Fredrick, Medical Epidemiologist for the Health District, who will provide a summary of the 2016 Nevada County Health Rankings. Additional speakers will include Adele Solomon, Accreditation Coordinator for the Health District, Sandra Larson, Manager, Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and Gerold Dermid–Gray, Coordinator, Community Relations and Field Studies, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada Reno.

The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. The briefing will serve to provide a summary of data as well as demonstrate how the data will be used for community health improvement in urban and rural regions of Southern Nevada. Additionally, the results of a Nevada Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment will be presented.

The Rankings serve as a call to action by allowing communities to better understand the health issues in their communities and by mobilizing stakeholders to improve the health of their communities.

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