2018 Nevada County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Report available

UNR Med’s John Packham, Ph.D., leads forum to tackle community health issues

A statewide forum of public health community leaders recently convened to discuss findings from a new report that ranks Nevada counties for community health in areas ranging from adult smoking to adult obesity. John Packham, Ph.D., associate dean, for the Office of Statewide Initiatives, at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) participated in the Reno forum.

The newly released 2018 Nevada County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report provides a current snapshot of how health is influenced by where Nevadans live, learn, work and play. The overall health ranking of each county provides a roadmap for making changes that encourage Nevadans to live longer, healthier lives.

UNR Med is poised to tackle Nevada’s statewide health issues not only by producing the next generation of healthcare professionals, but by improving community partnerships from public health and health care, leveraged with expertise from business, education, government and community leaders.

As associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives, Packham oversees community engagement and programs which increase access to health care throughout Nevada. Packham summarized the County Health Rankings findings and facilitated a discussion of next steps for future progress.

“Every community is different, and as a result, efforts to improve health across the state will vary,” said Packham. “The consistent message is that when people work together with a shared vision and commitment to improve health, it can yield better results than working alone.”

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps rankings are released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Nationwide discussion meetings were held simultaneously on March 14, including at forums in Reno and Las Vegas.

Findings from the 2018 Nevada County Health Rankings include statewide averages in the following categories:

  • Premature deaths: 7,100

  • Adult smoking: 16%

  • Adult obesity: 27%

  • High school graduation rate: 73%

  • Violent crime: 616 instances per 100,000 people

  • Unemployment rate: 5.7%

“The annual rankings help our state and community leaders work together to choose policies and programs that work in real life and are a good fit for communities,” said Packham. “The data we presented and discussed provides evidence for programs and systems that can improve health, such as early childhood home visiting programs, patient financial incentives for preventative care, telecommuting and workplace supports for breastfeeding.” 

The health rankings were determined by four main categories including health behaviors (such as adult smoking and adult obesity), clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. The 2018 Nevada County Health Rankings are available at: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/nevada/2018/overview  

In addition to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, the 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps event was sponsored and supported by the Washoe County Health District, Southern Nevada Health District, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Nevada Public Health Institute, Nevada Public Health Association, Nevada Public Health Foundation, Carson City Health and Human Services, Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities and Nevada Public Health Training Center. 

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.