Silver Springs, Nevada – Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties, a private nonprofit, convenes for its monthly public meeting at the Silver Springs Community Center on Thursday, February 8th at 9am. One of the guest speakers this month is Perfecto Manuta of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Reno Vet Center), who will describe the services the VA provides, including its mobile outreach van (Mobile Vet Center).
In his role as a Readjustment Counseling Technician, Perfecto Manuta provides support and information for returning combat veterans and/or their families as they transition back into regular civilian life. He also coordinates with local community members to provide activities such as hiking, camping, fly fishing, snowshoeing, rock climbing and other outdoor activities for veterans and their dependents. A U.S. Marine, Perfecto Manuta has a BA from UNR with a major in Digital Media and a minor in Journalism. He served as the President of UNR’s Veterans Club for several years.
The second speaker this month is Quinn Cartwright, Nevada Community Health Worker Association’s Project Manager, who will describe the effective and cost-efficient Community Health Worker program in Nevada. With a Master’s in Public Health and a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from UNR, she is able to speak about Community Health Worker policy at state and national levels.
The Healthy Communities Coalition is a collaborative impact group composed of dozens of local, state, federal and tribal groups and hundreds of community volunteers that agree to work together so that all members of our communities have opportunities to thrive. Together, groups and volunteers work to improve access to health care services, to affordable, local food, and to opportunities for sustainable, community-based economic development (Health and Wellness Hub; Healthy Food Hub; and Community Development Hub). Below is a visual model of the three intersecting hubs, and following that is an organizational chart for the Coalition.