Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties (HCC) meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9am in various locations in Storey and Lyon counties.
The Coalition’s next public meeting is Thursday December 12 at the Silver Springs Community Center at 9am. This month’s guest speaker is Melissa Ferrari, Site Director for the Veterans Resource Center in Carson City. She’ll 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 of Veterans Resource Centers of America is on housing assistance, behavioral health treatment, and case management, with a holistic approach to addressing the individual needs of each veteran.
In addition, for this month’s meeting time has been set aside so that members can network and connect with other members over a holiday-themed breakfast.
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-based development opportunities that serve the common good and build local assets and self-reliance.
Following are details about Healthy Communities’ upcoming meetings through March 2020:
HCC will not meet in January 2020 so members have an opportunity to attend the annual Nevada Human Services award breakfast in Reno. The 31st Annual Human Services Awards will be held at the Peppermill Casino on Thursday, January 9 from 8am to 10 am. Tickets and more details: https://humanservicesnetwork.org/the-31st-annual-human-services-awards-2/
HCC’s Feb. 2020 meeting will be at the Silver Springs Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 13th at 9am. The guest speaker will be from the U.S. Census’ Community Partnership and Engagement Program. Kim Burgess, Partnership Specialist, will provide an overview of the 2020 Census, which is coming soon (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
HCC’s March meeting will be at the Silver Springs Community Center. 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.