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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation release Nevada County Health Rankings
Health status to be discussed in two forums in Reno and Las Vegas

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Oxarart
775.328.2414 or 775.276.1021

The Nevada public health community will release, examine, and explore findings of the 2018 Nevada County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The event will be held in Reno at the Washoe County Commission Chambers, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Building A. A similar event will take place in Las Vegas at the Southern Nevada Health District, Red Rock Trail Conference Room, 280 South Decatur Boulevard, Las Vegas.

County Health Rankings are released annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, with meetings like Nevada’s being scheduled simultaneously nationwide. Nevada’s rankings are being announced at the events in Reno and Las Vegas. The Reno/Northern Nevada agenda includes: 

Introductions and Welcome

Kevin Dick, District Health Officer, Washoe County Health District 

Summary of 2018 Nevada County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

John Packham, PhD, Associate Dean, Office of Statewide Initiatives, UNR School of Medicine 

Update on Community Health Improvement Efforts in Northern Nevada

Nicki Aaker, MSN, MPH, RN, Director, Carson City Health and Human Services

Heather Kerwin, MPH, CPH, Consultant, Carson City Health and Human Services

Catrina Peters, MS, RD, Director of Programs and Projects, Washoe County Health District 

Utilizing Data for Public Health Advocacy and Action

Julia Peek, MHA, CPM, Deputy Administrator, Community Service, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health 

Lawmakers’ Perspectives on Policies for Local Health Improvement

Julia Ratti, Nevada State Senator (District 13) 

Next Steps/Roadmaps

Kevin Dick/John Packham 

The event is sponsored and supported by the Washoe County Health District, Southern Nevada Health District, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Nevada Public Health Institute, Nevada Public Health Association, Nevada Public Health Foundation, Carson City Health and Human Services, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities, and Nevada Public Health Training Center. Public health professionals, healthcare providers and leaders, educators, and representatives from business and industry, government, and the non-profit community representing all sectors of the public health system are invited and expected to attend. Last year over 200 people participated in the popular event. 

Although this is a free program, pre-registration is required. Registration assistance can be found at:

https://med.unr.edu/calendar/2018/2018-nevada-county-health-rankings, and at


The 2018 Nevada County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will be broadcast live and can be viewed at: https://www.washoecounty.us/mgrsoff/news/wctv-live.php

For more information on this program, please contact John Packham at (775) 784-1235 or jpackham@med.unr.edu.


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