NACO supports each Nevada county to fulfill their unique vision for a healthy, thriving, resilient community
Public Health In Nevada
Public health is the science of promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Optimizing public health capacity and infrastructure is vital to the physical, mental, and economic health of a community. Counties work to increase public health funding to match community needs – recognizing that funding is limited we strive to increase direct federal funding to local governments and partner with the State of Nevada as counties deliver local services.
County governments continually innovate, collaborate, and work diligently to respond to the public health needs of their communities, including delivering much of the initial frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing efforts to support opioid recovery across the state. With local knowledge of their own community needs, assets, and networks, county governments are ideally situated to make impactful improvements in public health infrastructure, maximize efficiency, and promote public trust in community health promotion initiatives.
NACO provides the following navigation and supports to counties:
- Survey Existing Public Health Programs
- Identify Successes and Gaps in Public and Behavioral Health Programs
- Analyze local, state, and national data to inform on the ground decision-making
- Develop formal proposals as needed for improving, restructuring, or adding new Public and Behavioral Health Programs
- Monitor Public Health Policy
Bridging Local Needs to State/Federal Frameworks (see the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Public Health Forward: Modernizing the U.S. Public Health System report below).
Opioid Recovery in Nevada
As signatories to the One Nevada Agreement, county governments and their community partners across the state are mobilizing to conduct opioid recovery needs assessments and to develop programs and services tailored to the needs of their communities. NACO supports this work by providing coordination and assistance in developing county opioid needs assessments, resource navigation, guidance on national models and interventions, and coordination with state data analysts and support services.
- NACo (National Association of Counties) Opioids Solutions Center
- State of Nevada Updated Opioid Needs Assessment and Recovery Plan
- County Assessments as Completed:
- Carson City – Churchill County – Clark County – Douglas County – Elko County – Esmeralda County – Eureka County – Humboldt County – Lander County – Lincoln County – Lyon County – Mineral County – Nye County – Pershing County – Storey County – Washoe County – White Pine County
For more information, contact:
Amy Hyne-Sutherland, PhD
Public Health Coordinator
Nevada Association of Counties