Our Community Commitment
A Pretty Place
in Poor Health.
Uncovering & Improving the State of our State.
Nevada is a beautiful, diverse state that we are all fortunate to call home. We see ourselves surrounded by nature at its best, from colorful desert wildflowers to shimmering mountain lakes. We enjoy endless activities and entertainment, have kind and generous neighbors, and proudly embrace who we are and where we live.
But another view of our state also exists:
Nevada ranks near the bottom of overall health rankings in the U.S. and suffers from high mortality rates for chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
This is our call to action. We are committed to making a difference in the health and well-being of every person we serve — and cannot let this ranking stand. So, what can we do about it?
Well, we know that clinical healthcare only impacts a small portion of a person’s health status. The larger influence comes from what are called “social determinants of health”, which “are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age,” as defined by the World Health Organization. According to the National Academy of Medicine, the specific factors that drive the greatest health improvements are health-related behaviors, socioeconomic factors and environmental factors. Surprisingly, clinical care is responsible for only 10-20 percent of your overall health status.
Only 20% of your health is determined by the Medical care you receive.
Behavioral, socioeconomic, and environmental factors account for 80% of a country’s health status.
Uncovering the exact causes for Nevada’s low ranking is the first step toward improving the health of everyone in our state.
Working together with partners, we conducted the Washoe County Community Health Improvement Assessment and discovered four key areas in need of improvement:
- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Physical Activity, Nutrition and Weight
- Chronic Disease and Screenings
We focused on what could be done to improve the situation and create real change in the lives and health of people in our area. The result is the 2018-2021 Renown Community Health Improvement Plan, a detailed summary of Washoe County’s most severe health needs along with an action plan that incorporates the assistance of our community partners in addressing those challenges.
And everyone involved is determined to succeed.
To help ensure that success, Renown stands ready with resources and support for those who fight with us in the name of community health. We also offer funding to vital not-for-profit partners whose programs and efforts are directly benefiting the Community Health Improvement Plan.
For more information about the plan and our ongoing progress, please visit Renown.org/Community.
We’re not done yet — but the state of our state is already getting healthier.
Pictured in the background (L-R): Will and Beatriz
Pictured: Brooke and daughter Banks
Using genetic testing to transform lives.
If you could sign up to learn more about yourself, your roots and your potential to develop dangerous health conditions — all while contributing to research that could help to improve the healthcare and lives of your fellow Nevadans — would you do it?
Thousands of people are saying, “Yes!”
The Healthy Nevada Project was launched in 2016 by the Renown Institute for Health Innovation in partnership with the Desert Research Institute and the Nevada Governor’s Office to help inform people of potential genetic risks to their health and to help Renown and other healthcare leaders better understand and address the health challenges facing our state.
Today, the Healthy Nevada Project has become the largest community-based population health study in the world. In addition to closing the gap on public health information within Nevada, the project is directly impacting the health choices of participants with every test result it renders.
What we’re learning is thrilling — for all of us. From a healthcare perspective, we’re being provided with information that has the ability to innovate the way we diagnose and care for thousands of people throughout Nevada. For individuals, discovering the role their genetics may play in their current and future health is at once eye-opening and empowering, and could lead to lifestyle changes and healthcare considerations that save lives.
Data That’s Good for Your Health.
After submitting a simple saliva sample, Healthy Nevada Project participants receive personalized, clinical reports on their health and wellness that include “fun fact” genetic traits and ancestry information, as well as notifications if genetic markers put them at risk for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tier 1 conditions.
These conditions, which are identified as having significant potential for impact on public health, include:
- Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH): Increased risk for heart disease or stroke due to very high cholesterol levels from an early age.
- BRCA Positive 1 and 2: Increased risk for breast, ovarian and other cancers.
- Lynch Syndrome: A precursor to colon cancer.
CDC Tier 1 conditions affect nearly 2 million people in the U.S., and because genetic codes are often shared among relatives, family members may also be at risk. Which means even a single test result could lead to awareness that benefits multiple people. By discovering individual gene mutations, this critical research is giving affected Nevadans and their loved ones powerful knowledge that they can act upon and is shedding a revealing light on our state’s overall health status.
Pictured in background (L-R): Jordan, Casey and Carson
“They told me that I had FH…I now eat a plant-based diet, exercise regularly and see a physician.”
Jordan, Healthy Nevada Project Participant
Nevada is all-in
The Healthy Nevada Project has become a statewide affair. Fifty thousand original testing slots in northern Nevada were joined by 25,000 additional slots in the southern part of the state thanks to a collaboration with the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) — which means no-cost genetic testing is now available to all Nevadans.
To keep up with the project’s increased scale, Renown has also partnered with Helix, a personal genomics company that operates one of the world’s largest clinical exome sequencing labs, to ensure uninterrupted testing and quality results.
Beyond genetic testing for population health indicators, the Healthy Nevada Project also incorporates Desert Research Institute data analytics and environmental research to develop an even more in-depth understanding of the state’s healthcare landscape. Using this forward-thinking approach as our foundation, the Renown Institute for Health Innovation has quickly grown its capabilities to lead a larger, more complex study that will analyze and model public health risks for future generations of Nevadans — and ultimately improve health outcomes nationwide.
Pictured in background (L-R): Sharon, Charlie and Audrey — one family, three generations
to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve.
‘Recent projects and programs impacted by the generosity of our donors include:
- Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute — Outpatient programs and services were expanded in an all-new facility.
- Children’s Infusion Center — The center was completely renovated and now features eight infusion bays, an isolation bay, a family lounge, a conference room and a procedure room.
- Healing Arts Program — Donations continue to support bedside art and music, the pet therapy program, music performances and maintenance of both the John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden and Fianna’s Healing Garden.
- Spiritual Center & Estelle J. Kelsey Interfaith Sanctuary — The chapel at Renown Regional Medical Center was beautifully renovated and our first spiritual health program was established.
- William N. Pennington Foundation Fund for Pediatric Specialty Physicians — This funding allows Renown Children’s Hospital to hire 22 pediatric subspecialists to better care for children in our community.
- Pediatric Dialysis Program — New dialysis equipment, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) room refurbishment and nurses training were generously funded by Wilbur May.
Pictured in background (L-R): Martin Johnston, MD, Pediatric Oncology, Sandra and Kevin
Every donation is a vital investment in the future as we look for your help to fund several exciting, new and expanding projects:
- Healthy Nevada Project (community genetics study)
- Employee Emergency Fund
- Fianna’s Healing Garden Expansion
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Patient Assistance Fund
- Renown Children’s Hospital
- Renown Children’s Specialty Center
- Renown Hospice
- Renown Institute for Health Aging
- Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
- Renown Rehabilitation Hospital
- Renown Women’s Health & Wellness Center
To donate, visit Renown.org/Support
Sterling Silver Club
Renown Health’s Sterling Silver Club helps people 55 and over live healthier, happier lives every day. The free membership includes exclusive benefits ranging from health tips and special discounts to social events and entertainment.
Sterling Silver Club Benefits:
- 20% discounts at Renown retailers
- Event and luncheon discounts
- Group events
- Quarterly magazine
- Monthly eNewsletter
Sign up for the Sterling Silver Club at Renown.org/SterlingSilver.
Pictured (L-R): Sandra and Robert