It’s Been a While!

It’s been a while since we have updated our blog and it’s about time that we remedy this! Today’s topic: What has NPHF been up to? In short, A LOT! The Nevada Public Health Foundation has been promoting public health initiatives across the state of Nevada. So, Here’s a quick recap:

Rota Rosaschi (right) and Megan Neilon (left) modeling the new and improved STARS manual for our STARS Presentation in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Earlier this year, Rota Rosaschi, our Executive Director, and Megan Neilon, our Education, Training & Outreach Coordinator, went to Las Vegas to give a presentations to Welfare’s STARS clients. More information on the STARS program can be found HERE. The number of STARS participants have been increasing over the last few months. This is phenomenal because more teens parents on Welfare are becoming interested in what it takes to become better parents and learning how to become financially independent. At the end of each presentation, STARS participants are asked “if you were the instructor, what would you change?” However, overwhelmingly, participants said that they wouldn’t change a thing about the presentation. One student went on to say:

“If I was the teacher I wouldn’t do anything different, it was excellent/great.” – J.C. 3/14/2017 [Name Redacted to Protect Identity]

Christina Kurnik (right), Rota Rosaschi (middle), and Megan Neilon (right) wearing red on February 2, 2017 to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

Over the last nine months, the Nevada Public Health Foundation has also taken on planning and facilitating many conferences over the last year for many government agencies; including the Governor’s Prescription Drug Summit in 2016 at the MGM in Las Vegas, NV; the Department of Education’s annual training; annual Division of Welfare and Supportive Services conference; and the list goes on. You can find a list of events in the works HERE.

In addition to all of the hard work our staff has been doing to manage grants — shout out to our amazing Fiscal Agent, Linda Mercer, and our fantastic Health Information Officer, Christina Kurnik — our office has been having fun supporting many of the national and local awareness initiatives. We went ‘Red’ for Women’s Heart Disease, ‘Blue’ for Child Abuse Prevention, and more recently we wore denim with Nevada’s First Lady on ‘Denim Day’ to raise awareness of sexual assault.

Finally, the Nevada Public Health Foundation has been and will continue to serve as an essential public health partner in identifying opportunities, mobilizing resources, and delivering programs to build a healthy future for Nevada.


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