UNLV President and Las Vegas City Manager Join LVGEA Board of Directors

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LVGEA Welcomes Three New Members to Serve Board of Directors

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) welcomes three new members to serve the organization on the LVGEA50 Board of Directors: Keith E. Whitfield, UNLV President; Jorge Cervantes, Las Vegas City Manager; and Cora Case, Chief Financial Officer, Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada.

“We have the privilege of welcoming three new Board members to the LVGEA50 during a crucial period of recovery for our region,” said Jonas Peterson, President and CEO of LVGEA. “We are excited for the experience, insight, and partnership they will bring to our mission and strategy as we work toward strengthening and diversifying Southern Nevada’s economy.”

Keith E. Whitfield is a seasoned university administrator and prolific scholar in the fields of psychology, health, and aging. He became UNLV’s 11th president on August 24, 2020 and the first African American president in UNLV’s history.  He has worked in higher education for more than three decades and has received numerous national awards and honors throughout his career.

“It’s an honor to serve on the LVGEA Board and I look forward to working with other community partners to forge strong alliances that advance economic development in our region,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “Strong universities are vital to economic recovery, development, and sustainability. At UNLV, our faculty are helping address the critical issues facing our region, and we’re producing graduates that support core and emerging industries. Southern Nevada is our home, and we’re committed to doing all we can to help it thrive.”

Jorge Cervantes began serving as city manager for the city of Las Vegas on November 15, 2020. Previously he had served as the city’s chief of operations and development overseeing the Operations and Maintenance, Parks and Recreation, and the programs and services at the city’s Development Services Center.

“The work of the LVGEA and its board is more vital than ever,” said Las Vegas City Manager Jorge Cervantes.  “To help our community weather economic downturns like we are seeing in this pandemic, a more diverse economy will be key to our future. The LVGEA will be a major player in helping that happen through the attraction of new businesses.”

Cora Case leads the overall strategy to manage the financial risk for Intermountain Healthcare in Nevada. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare financial performance. Her background includes working in the medical group, hospital, and post-acute care areas of the health system, as well as pharmacy and lab operations.

“I am elated to be joining the LVGEA50 with so many esteemed professionals in the great state of Nevada and look forward to contributing to the conversations with the healthcare industry perspective as we begin our road to recovery post-pandemic,” said Cora Case, Chief Financial Officer of Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada. “I also feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be working with community leaders during this very critical time.”

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. As Southern Nevada’s regional development authority, the LVGEA’s vision is to help residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy. To learn more, visit lvgea.org.

Southern Nevada Health District Updates Operations for State Compliance

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The Southern Nevada Health District will institute changes to operations in compliance with the recent directives announced Sunday by Governor Steve Sisolak. These changes will be in place for three weeks and will limit capacity at Health District public health centers.

Effective Wednesday, November 25, services will be available by appointment or unavailable for a three-week period, until Wednesday, December 16.

Clinical Services:

  • Clinical services will continue to be available to clients by appointment only, including Family Planning Services, the Sexual Health Clinic, and the Southern Nevada Community Health Center. Clients are also encouraged to use telemedicine services during this time. Clinic information and appointments are available on the Clinics webpage or by calling (702) 759-1700.
  • Immunization Clinic services will be available at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Henderson Public Health Center, 220 E. Horizon Dr., and Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Ln. by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (702) 759-0850.

Vital Records

  • Birth and death certificates can be ordered online. In person pick-up is not available. Visit the Vital Records webpage for more information.

Food Handler Safety Training Cards

Environmental Health

  • Walk-in environmental health services are unavailable but will remain available via telephone and online.
  • Subdivision Plan Review and Solid Waste Management plan review will be available in-person on Tuesdays, between 9 a.m. and noon.

As cases continue to increase, the Health District urges the public to take steps to protect themselves and others, including those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Health District and community partner testing locations can be found on the calendar at www.snhd.info/covid-19-testing-sites. Locations that require appointments or that allow for pre-registration can be accessed at www.snhd.info/get-tested. People who are tested at a Health District location can access their results through its online portal at www.snhd.info/lab-results. Results are typically processed in 24 to 48 hours but may take longer due to high volumes of testing.

Clark County Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a sobering milestone in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Today, 1,622 new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, bringing the total in Clark County to 100,552. The Health District is also reporting seven new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 1,647.

“As we report these numbers, I want to remind everyone they represent someone’s family member or friend who has been impacted by the virus, and I would ask them to keep this in mind as they plan their holiday celebrations,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

“The best gift you can give your family and friends this season is ensuring they remain safe and healthy and are not put at risk of getting or spreading COVID-19,” said Dr. Leguen.

The Health District continues to stress the importance of celebrating Thanksgiving only with people who share the same home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing ideas for people to share time virtually and alternative activities that can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.

More information about COVID-19 is available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/covid.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research and LVGEA Host First Virtual Outlook ’21 on Dec 2

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Dec. 2 Event Will Provide In-Depth Analysis of What to Expect for 2021 on Local, National and Global Levels

The UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) are teaming up once again for Outlook ’21 on Wednesday, Dec. 2, to provide the data and insight needed now more than ever to do business in Las Vegas.

The annual economic outlook event will bring together sought-after speakers to give an in-depth analysis of what to expect heading into 2021 on the local, national and global levels. For the first time ever, the content of the event will be delivered in a virtual format for business and community leaders. Keynote speakers include:

Guests in attendance will receive CBER’s Economic Outlook 2021 report directly to their registered email inbox. To purchase tickets for $21 or learn more, visit lasvegasoutlook.com.

WHAT:  Outlook ’21 Event

WHO: UNLV professor and CBER director Stephen M. Miller
Beacon Economics founder Chris Thornberg

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
9 a.m. – Welcome
9:10 a.m. – Chris Thornberg presentation
9:40 a.m. – Q&A with Chris Thornberg
9:50 a.m. – Stephen Miller presentation
10:10 a.m. – Q&A with Stephen Miller

WHERE: Virtual (after tickets are purchased, attendees will receive a link sent to their email)

**To RSVP, contact Daniele Smith at danielles@lvgea.org**

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 membership organization dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. LVGEA’s vision is to help Southern Nevada residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy.  For more information, call 702.791.0000 or visit www.lvgea.org.

About UNLV Lee Business School
Established in 1967 as the College of Business, the now Lee Business School is one of the largest schools at UNLV with approximately 3,500 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 100 faculty and staff and offers the only accredited business program in Southern Nevada. The school offers ten undergraduate majors, 14 minors and seven graduate degrees, including the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Lee Business School is among the top 5 percent of business colleges and schools worldwide to hold international dual accreditation in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting body for business and management education. In addition to its scholastic endeavors, Lee Business School is home to three centers that bring together faculty and students with business and industry. These include the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), and Lied Center for Real Estate Studies. With more than 20,000 graduates, the Lee Business School Alumni Chapter is one of the largest alumni chapters on campus.

 

Health Plan of Nevada Offers Tips To Minimize Holiday Weight Gain This Thanksgiving

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Smart Eating and Recipes Key to Having a Happy and Health Thanksgiving in 2020

When feasting during the holidays, it’s easy to pile your plate with high carb, high fat foods but this year, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), would like to offer tips to minimize holiday weight gain this holiday season. Several recommendations to incorporate healthy habits into your holidays include:

  • Be prepared with low-carb snacks as needed
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Enjoy the flavor of each bite
  • Do not skip meals, there is no saving carbs for later
  • Stay active during the holidays

Additionally, staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite holiday foods. HPN advises filling up on vegetables and proteins first, then indulge in smaller portions of some of the high-carb holiday favorites. The following are recipes to make sure your Thanksgiving is delicious and healthy:

Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs (or substitute)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Sauce: 1 12-oz. bottle chili sauce (1 ½ cups) \ 8-oz. jellied cranberry sauce (1 cup)
  1. Heat oven to 375. In a large bowl, stir meatball ingredients until well mixed. Shape into 1-inch balls and place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, no pink in center.
  2. In the meantime, in 3-quart saucepan, stir sauce ingredients until well blended. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce; stir to coat. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stick toothpicks in meatballs to serve.

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

  • 1 ½ lbs. green beans, trimmed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook the green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain well again.
  2. Place walnuts in a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan frequently. Remove walnuts from pan; set aside. Add 4 teaspoons oil to pan: swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme to pan; cook 17 minutes or until onion is very tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove onion mixture from pan; keep warm.
  3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan: swirl to coat. Add green beans; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Add onion mixture and vinegar to pan; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, tossing to combine. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with nuts, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

About Health Plan of Nevada
Health Plan of Nevada is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In Nevada, Health Plan of Nevada offers health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Plan of Nevada is part of UnitedHealthcare, one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit Health Plan of Nevada at www.HealthPlanofNevada.com,

Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition Encourages You to Participate in the Great American Smokeout

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Great American Smokeout Set for November 19, 2020

The Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition (NTPC), comprised of collaborating public health and private partner organizations, encourages Nevadans to participate in the 44th Annual Great American Smokeout. Observed on the third Thursday of November each year, the Great American Smokeout is a challenge for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives. For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout helping dramatically change American’s attitudes about smoking.

Why the Great American Smokeout is important to Nevadans

Smoking remains the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29% of all cancer deaths. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Tobacco use kills more people than alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, fires, AIDS, murders and suicides combined. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs. In addition to causing lung cancer, smoking also makes chronic lung disease worse and increases the risk of severe illness from infections like pneumonia and the flu. Of note, the CDC guidance on the Great American Smokeout includes being a current or former cigarette smoker increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Nevadans are experiencing a resurgence of tobacco use in the form of a youth vaping epidemic. In the last year alone, vaping among high schoolers increased by 78%. Vaping can expose the user’s lungs to harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, acrolein, and acetaldehyde, which are known to cause irreversible lung damage. 41,000 Nevada kids (under 18) will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.

Smoking is expensive to the consumer and to our state. Medicaid-associated costs from smoking in Nevada equals $124.9 million annually.

Resources to help you or a loved one quit tobacco (including vaping)

The Nevada Tobacco Quitline is a free, convenient, safe and secure way for individuals thinking about quitting. Access the Nevada Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-855-DEJELO-YA for service in Spanish. You can also visit https://nevada.quitlogix.org/.

There is also a FREE confidential texting line for teens called My Life My Quit. To enroll, teens just need to text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989 or visit https://mylifemyquit.com/.

About NTPC

NTPC’s mission is to improve the health of all Nevadans by reducing the burden of tobacco use and nicotine addiction. For a comprehensive list of our members and for more information on NTPC, visit http://www.tobaccofreenv.org/ or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tobaccofreenv.

For more information on the Great American Smokeout visit https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html

SNHD: Mask Up. Back Up. Wash Up.

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Southern Nevadans Are Asked to Step Up to Bring COVID Down

The holiday season is here, and the Southern Nevada Health District is encouraging everyone to plan safe and healthy celebrations with their families. To remind everyone of the basic preventive measures they can take, the Health District is launching its “Mask Up. Back Up. Wash Up.” campaign. The informational campaign urges Southern Nevadans to step up to bring COVID down by wearing face coverings when they do have to be in public or around people who don’t live in the same household, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet, and washing hands frequently.

“This message isn’t new, but we know that these simple steps are some of the most effective actions everyone can take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

“The best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to ensure family and friends are protected and not put at increased risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or other viruses like the flu,” said Dr. Leguen.

The Health District recommends celebrating Thanksgiving only with people who share the same home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing ideas for people to share time virtually and alternative activities that can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.

Those who still plan to host events with people outside their household are strongly encouraged to take steps to lower the risk of their gatherings. These steps include:

  • Ensure all guests wear masks with two layers or more that cover the nose, chin, and fits snugly against the side of the face.
  • Limit the gathering to fewer than 10 people.
  • Plan table arrangements so that people who live in different households are not seated together.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in the same household.
  • Host the gathering outdoors, if the weather permits.
  • Open windows if hosting an indoor gathering.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve the food, and use single-use options, including plastic utensils.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Provide disposable paper towels in bathrooms for guests.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick. Remember, some people who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic may still be able to spread COVID-19 or flu to others.

The “Mask Up. Back Up. Wash Up.” campaign can initially be seen on buses, bus shelters, and Health District social media platforms beginning November 20.

“We understand the toll this pandemic has taken, and everyone wants our community to return to normal,” said Dr. Leguen. “By wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance from others, and washing hands and frequently touched surfaces often, everyone will be doing their part to keep Southern Nevada safer and businesses open and operating in a healthier environment for their employees and patrons.”

More information about COVID-19 is available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/covid.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Free Saturday Flu Clinic Offered for Southern Nevadans on Nov 21 and Dec 2

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Flu Vaccines Available for Everyone 6 Months of Age and Older

The Southern Nevada Health District has scheduled an additional free flu shot clinic on Saturday, November 21, at Eldorado High School, making it more convenient for Clark County residents to “Show Flu Who’s Boss” as they head into the holiday season. Vaccine is available for both adults and children 6 months of age and older on a first-come, first-served basis, and no appointments are necessary.

Flu vaccinations are recommended every year as the best protection against the flu virus. This year, the importance of getting vaccinated is part of the overall strategy to help ensure medical resources are conserved, and the health care system is not overtaxed as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Upcoming Health District community clinics are scheduled for:

Saturday, November 21

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Eldorado High School

1139 N. Linn Ln.

Las Vegas, NV 89110

 

 

Wednesday, December 2

1 to 5 p.m.

Centennial High School

10200 W. Centennial Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89149

 

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for those at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu. Many of the people at higher risk of complications from the flu are also at higher risk of complications from COVID-19.

This includes people 65 years of age and older, people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, compromised immune systems, and Blacks and Hispanics

who are already disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases. It is also important to protect people more likely to be exposed to both COVID-19 and flu, including health care workers and essential workers who interact frequently with the public. A complete list of people at higher risk is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm.

Flu vaccine for people of all ages, including the vaccine for people ages 65 and older, is available at Health District immunization clinics by appointment only. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.

It is best to get vaccinated before flu viruses begin spreading in the community because it takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to develop and provide protection against the flu. However, people can be vaccinated anytime during flu season.

In addition to getting vaccinated, people should continue to take the following actions to stay healthy this flu season:

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public or in groups of ten or more people who don’t live in the same household.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school, and away from public places.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and cloth face covering.
  • Practice healthy habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched items. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy meals.

For more information and flu resources, go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Dr. Michael Daubs Named Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Michael Daubs, M.D. was recently named Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

Michael Daubs, M.D.

The ABOS is an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopedic residents and surgeons as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopedic surgeons.

The board of directors consists of 21 members which include 12 Directors, six Senior Directors, two Directors-Elect, and one Public Director. Nominations come from the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Daubs also serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine and medical director of OptumCare Orthopaedics & Spine.