Healthy Communities Meets In Yerington Nov 14

Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties’ November public breakfast meeting will be in Yerington at the Boys & Girls Club’s main gym at 124 North Main Street on Thursday, November 14 at 9am.

Serena Evans, Policy Specialist with the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, will be among the guest speakers. The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence provides statewide advocacy, education and support of the front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. They support Nevada’s direct-service organizations that help serve victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families.

Also on the agenda, Alisha Moss and Michelle Eriksen of Healthy Communities will share what they learned this summer at the Opioid Response Summit in Las Vegas.

Michelle Eriksen will also give an overview of Healthy Communities’ Yerington Food Pantry, which she manages.

In addition, Eriksen will explain her role as Healthy Communities’ school-based Resource Coordinator connecting Yerington students, teachers and families with area resources such as health care, food, housing, counseling, clothing, etc.

Immediately after the meeting at 11am, BGC is offering a tour of their new Teen Center for those attending the preceding Healthy Communities meeting.

What Is the Coalition? Whether its organic school gardens, mobile dental clinics, tobacco and opioid use prevention, STEAM activities, 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 comprised 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.

Dec. 2019 – Feb. 2020 Meeting Locations and Guest Speakers:

HCC’s December 2019 meeting will be in Silver Springs at the Community Center on Thursday December 12th at 9am. Guest speakers will include representatives from the U.S. Census’ Community Partnership and Engagement Program and from Veterans Resource Centers of America. Kim Burgess, Partnership Specialist, will provide an overview of the 2020 Census, which is less than a year away (April 1, 2020) and will discuss the importance of a complete and accurate count for the community. The goal of the Decennial Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place. The data from the Decennial Census is crucial for determining the allocation of $675 billion in federal funds as well as reapportionment. Speakers from the Veterans Resource Center in Carson City will describe resources available from the community-based nonprofit which focuses on the overall wellness and reintegration of military veterans from all eras. The primary focus is on housing assistance, behavioral health treatment, and case management, with a holistic approach to addressing the individual needs of each veteran.

HCC will not meet in Jan. 2020 so our members have an opportunity to attend the annual Nevada Human Services award breakfast in Reno. The 31st Annual Human Services Awards will be held in the Capri Grand Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort and Casino on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tickets and more details:

HCC’s Feb. 2020 meeting will be in Silver Springs at the Community Center Thursday, Feb. 13th at 9am. Wendy Madson and Lisa Godenick of HCC will give a one hour presentation on Empowered Health Consciousness, a tool for prevention and creating awareness around how people deal with chronic pain and stress.

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