HCCs February Meeting Topics Include Census, Vaping, and Alcohol Laws

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.

HCC’s February public meeting will be in Silver Springs at the Community Center (2945 Ft Churchill Streeet, Silver Springs, NV 89429) on Thursday, February 13 at 9am.

Kim Burgess, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census’ Community Partnership and Engagement Program, 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 data from the Decennial Census is crucial for determining the allocation of $675 billion in federal funds as well as reapportionment. Census results are used to determine representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more.

Also on the agenda, Wendy Madson, Executive Director of HCC, will explain social host laws in Nevada. The laws of the state of Nevada require hosts to take care in preventing minors from drinking alcohol at their homes, properties or events. This includes, but is not limited to, verifying the age of guests.

Alisha Moss, HCC’s Prevention Coordinator, will offer an overview of the work HCC’s Stand Tall youth leaders in Lyon County have done to educate their peers and communities on the health effects of vaping.

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 Coalition 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, healthy, locally grown food; and 3) sustainable community-based development opportunities that serve the common good and build local assets and self-reliance. For more information, call (775) 246-7550.

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