Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties (HCC)’s Thursday, May 9th meeting begins at 9am at the Silver Springs Community Center at 2945 Ft Churchill St, Silver Springs, NV 89429. Guest speakers this month are from VARN and from Stand Tall. Please see the bottom of this post for a full agenda of the May meeting.
During HCC’s public breakfast meeting, George McNally, Attorney with Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN), will describe VARN’s services benefiting rural Nevada. VARN’s Pro Bono Project includes a panel of over 100 private and public volunteer attorneys to provide free legal services to low-income residents in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, Humboldt, Elko, and White Pine counties. VARN also offers the Lawyer in the Lobby program twice a month and various clinics or legal aid fairs throughout the year. In addition, VARN has staff accreditation and site recognition from the Bureau of Immigration Appeals for a Domestic Violence Rural Immigrant Integration Project (DVRIIP). This project provides legal services in family based immigration matters to undocumented victims of domestic violence seeking legal resident status in the U.S. through the Violence Against Women Act Self-Petition and U-Visa processes.
HCC’s Stand Tall youth-led prevention teams will offer a presentation with highlights of their ongoing work on Tobacco 21 policy. They’ll also briefly describe some of their other activities at the legislature and in their schools and communities to promote wellness. The school-based teams use proven strategies to support good nutrition, exercise, and mental health and to prevent the use of tobacco, alcohol, opioids, and other drugs.
What Is the Coalition? Whether its organic school gardens, free pop-up clinics, tobacco and opioid use prevention, science and arts education, job skills training, or suicide prevention, Healthy Communities takes a multi-faceted approach to promoting opportunities for health and wellness with a prevention first approach. Healthy Communities is composed of dozens of local, state, federal and tribal group partners; hundreds of community volunteers; a board of directors and staff, all working together on a common mission to strengthen communities in the Lyon and Storey regions by increasing access to 1)health care; 2) affordable, locally grown food; and 3) sustainable community development opportunities that serve the common good and build local assets and self-reliance.
June-Oct 2019 Speakers:
June HCC meets at the Silver Springs Community Center. Cimeon Lupo will speak about Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health’s First Episode Psychosis Program (FEP) program.
July: NO MEETING (HCC skips July meetings annually to accomodate summer vacations).
August HCC meeting at the Silverland Middle School in Fernley will include Cody Wagner as a guest speaker on the Fernley Community Foundation.
September HCC meets at the Storey County Community Center in Virginia City. Ginger Paulsen from Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital will speak about services the hospital provides, both inpatient and outpatient, adult and adolescent.
October HCC meeting at the Silver Springs Community Center with guest speakers from Care Chest.
Healthy Communities Coalition’s May 9 2019 Meeting Agenda
Location: Silver Springs Community Center, Silver Springs, Nevada
I. Introductions (15 mintues – please feel free to bring your group’s business cards, brochures, etc.)
II. Guest Speakers
A. Stand Tall youth-led prevention team members will summarize their work on Tobacco 21 policy, and will describe their work at the legislature this year, and their activities in their schools and communities to promote wellness.
B. George McNally of Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans will describe the services rural Nevadans can access through VARN.
III. HCC RFA: Healthy Communities has announced an RFA for funding for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. If you have any questions about the RFA, please email Deputy Director Quinn Cartwright or call the HCC offices at (775) 246-7550. More information can also be found on the home page of HCC’s website at https://healthycomm.org/2019/05/01/hcc-releases-rfa-for-funding-for-prevention-programs-among-youth/
IV. Announcements and Updates
A. Dayton Farmers Market and New Community Garden: Healthy Communities is looking for farmers to participate in our annual Dayton Farmers Market during the summer months. We’re also welcoming volunteers to help develop the new community garden in Dayton on Highway 50 and 2nd Street. The garden will have 25 garden beds, including ones easily accessible to elders and gardeners of all abilities. We’ll have summer gardening workshops and more. Contact Cortney at HCC for more information.
B. Board Members Sought: Healthy Communities Coalition is seeking additional board members. Contact Director Wendy Madson at 246-7550 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
C. UNR School of Medicine will offer a free rural outreach clinic for underinsured and uninsured members of the community at HCC’s Dayton Food Pantry today, Thursday, May 9th at 1:30PM (209 Dayton Valley Road, Dayton, NV 89403). Services offered will include blood pressure checks and diabetes screenings.
D. Silver City’s summer public programming in arts and science will include a free family-friendly concert by Kantu Inka, award-winning visiting artists and writers, free kids science and engineering activities, plus a floral design class, a coding workshop, lectures and more for adults and teens. Healthy Communities partners with UNCE, United Way, Nevada Bugs & Butterflies, Society of Women Engineers, etc. to offer the kids’ activities. Silver City is in Lyon County, 3 miles from Virginia City.
E. Upcoming Meeting Locations and Guest Speakers: At HCC’s June meeting in Silver Springs, the topic will be Carson Tahoe’s First Episode Psychosis Program (FEP) program, described by Cimeon Lupo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health. HCC does not meet in the month of July. Our August meeting will be in Fernley at Silverland Middle School, with guest speaker Cody Wagner of the Fernley Community Foundation. Our Sept. meeting will be held at the Storey Community Center in Virginia City, with guest speakers from Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.
F. Legislative bills updates on those related to prevention, health, food systems, etc. such as Senate Bill 366 (midlevel dental therapists); AB470 ( would raise the minimum age of persons to whom cigarettes, cigarette paper, tobacco, products made or derived from tobacco or other tobacco products may be sold) and SB263 (would revise provisions relating to the regulation and taxation of certain vapor products and tobacco products).
G. Community Roots garden center is open for the summer season with fruit trees, veggies and herbs, native shrubs, flowers, fertilizers, and more. Proceeds help support organic school gardens, job training programs, etc. We’re also planning arts and crafts afternoons in the lovely outdoor garden center for preschoolers and their parents during the summer. If anyone has watercolor paints, playdough, and other nontoxic supplies to donate for these free activities, they will be gratefully received. Contact Zoe at Community Roots at 350-9250.
V. Next Meetings: HCC meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9am, except the month of July. At HCC’s June meeting in Silver Springs, the topic will be Carson Tahoe’s First Episode Psychosis Program (FEP) program, described by Cimeon Lupo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health. HCC does not meet in the month of July. Our August meeting will be in Fernley at Silverland Middle School, with guest speaker Cody Wagner of the Fernley Community Foundation. Our Sept. meeting will be held at the Storey Community Center in Virginia City, with guest speakers from Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.
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