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Washoe County Health District releases comprehensive community health assessment


10641174_814594428573351_4386241706005548359_n-300x109-4277527-3684750The Washoe County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a comprehensive assessment of the health of the community, has been released by the Washoe County Health District and Renown Health.

According to health officials, the CHNA will be utilized by a wide variety of organizations working to address the health needs of the community. An Executive Summary and the complete CHNA can be accessed at www.renown.org/community, or at www.washoecounty.us/health.

The report comes on the heels of the 2015 Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Conference held in Reno. The conference brought together over 250 stakeholders and community members to discuss how to create a culture of health in the Truckee Meadows.

Attendees heard from national speakers on the topic of building healthier communities. The goal of the conference is to build an action plan that addresses local health problems and further engages the community to implement projects that build a healthy community.

The hope is that this CHNA will serve as a resource to understand and improve the health of our community.

For more information about the Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities initiative, conference documents, the 89502 area study, and ways to get involved, visit www.truckeemeadowshealthycommunities.com and join the mailing list and/or follow the project on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Washoe County District Board of Health, through the Washoe County Health District, has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Washoe County, Nevada. Its mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Washoe County through health promotion, disease prevention, public health emergency preparedness, and environmental services. The Board of Health is composed of seven members, including two representatives each from Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, and a physician licensed to practice medicine in Nevada.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.