Western Governors University Announces WGU Loves Teachers Scholarships for National Teacher Appreciation Week

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$4,000 Scholarships Available to Ease Tuition Cost for Current and Aspiring Educators

 Western Governors University (WGU) will observe National Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7 by offering up to 500 scholarships (totaling $2MM) for current and future education professionals who wish to pursue bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in WGU Teachers College.

Each WGU Loves Teachers scholarship is valued up to $4,000 and designed to help current teachers improve their skill set in the classroom or move into administration, or to assist professionals in obtaining the required credentials for a rewarding future career as an educator.  Average tuition at WGU is approximately $7,000 per year and the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree program is two and a half years. This scholarship provides students with significant assistance as they pursue an affordable, high-quality degree.

“At a time when students need inspiring and innovative educators more than ever, we offer this scholarship to help professionals pursue their academic dreams,” said Dr. Mark Milliron, Executive Dean of WGU’s Teachers College. “We’re incredibly honored to support the continued learning and hard work of next-generation teachers and leaders.”

WGU Nevada’s Teachers College currently enrolls 999 students. By providing competency-based, flexible, online degree programs, and low, flat-rate tuition, WGU students progress through their courses as soon as they demonstrate mastery. This enables them to learn while working and graduate with less debt than their peers.

Due to Nevada’s teacher shortage, 87% of students were in a larger-than-recommended class size last school year.

New and enrolling WGU students may apply for the scholarship now through June 30 at  wgu.edu/teacherappreciation. Each scholarship will be credited to the student’s account at the rate of $1,000 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, current competency, and other considerations.

“Educators are among our nation’s most crucial professionals and they deserve our thanks for their sacrifice and determination to keep going in the past year,” said WGU Regional Vice President Rick Benbow, who oversees WGU Nevada. “We are thrilled to help individuals achieve their goals of higher education through these scholarships.”

To learn more about WGU’s Teachers College and its academic programs, visit  wgu.edu/online-teaching-degrees.

About WGU
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 133,000 students nationwide and has more than 221,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 24 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at wgu.edu and wgu.edu/advocate 

Las Vegas Launches New Ad Campaign, “Vegas You,” Inviting Visitors to Live Life to the Fullest

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As Americans begin to move beyond dreaming of travel to travelling, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will launch a new ad campaign, Vegas You. This campaign will serve as a reminder that Las Vegas is ready and excited to welcome visitors back. The first ad from the new campaign, The Dance, will launch Monday, April 26.

Vegas You capitalizes on the restless sentiment felt throughout the country and embodies the freedom of choice to live life to the fullest, by offering an escape into the adult freedom that only Las Vegas has to offer.

The Dance showcases Vegas as the backdrop where visitors are invited to revel in their freedom through a variety of fast-moving Vegas scenes. It also emphasizes that Las Vegas gives visitors experiences they can’t find anywhere else and a place to become someone else, let go, and live in the moment.

“The new Vegas You campaign reminds travelers that Las Vegas is open, ready and excited to welcome them,” says Kate Wik, chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “The Dance, the first ad from the new campaign, evokes the feeling of freedom that has become synonymous with the Vegas experience.”

The Dance was shot at several locations across the destination including Circa Resort & Casino, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and The Venetian Resort Las Vegas to capture the uniqueness of Las Vegas that visitors have come to know and expect.

The ad will run nationally across a combination of network and cable channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BET, ESPN, Bravo, Food Network, HGTV and NHL on NBC Sports and NBA on TNT. It will also run digitally as part of a streaming schedule with NBC and FOX as well as additional digital and social channels.

A second ad will be released in late May.

For more information about Las Vegas, visit www.VisitLasVegas.com.

Spring Mountain Treatment Center Hosted Drive-Thru for Community Partners In Celebration of 20th Year Anniversary

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Spring Mountain Treatment Center hosted a drive-thru Community Partners Celebration Event on Thursday, April 22, complete with decorations, breakfast, beverages and giveaways. The purpose of the drive-thru was to thank all of our community partners for their support especially as we celebrate our 20th anniversary of serving of our community.

As part of the drive-thru Celebration Event, Spring Mountain distributed information about our inpatient and outpatient programs, a light breakfast, coffee, juice, water and promotional items. Power 88 KCEP will host a live radio remote.

The drive-thru Community Partners Event was part of the year-long celebration at Spring Mountain Treatment Center in observance of the 20-year milestone.

Spring Mountain Treatment Center has provided mental health services to the Las Vegas community since 2001, treating children, teens, adults and senior adults with behavioral health or addiction issues. Over the course of the last few decades, Spring Mountain Treatment Center has delivered care to hundreds of individuals, providing  stabilization of acute symptoms for patients age 5 to 65.

About Spring Mountain

Spring Mountain is a 110-bed behavioral health facility. We have provided mental health services to the Las Vegas community since 2001, treating children, teens, adults and senior adults with behavioral health or addiction issues. We offer a supportive and healthy environment with 24-hour care that allows people of all ages to make positive changes in their lives. Our primary location, Spring Mountain Treatment Center, focuses on the stabilization of acute symptoms for patient’s age 5 to 65, along with select outpatient care programs for teens. Our secondary location, Spring Mountain Sahara, houses our Adult Outpatient and Senior Adult Inpatient programs. With two facilities to serve you, we can assist you in your journey to wellness and recovery. To learn more, visit https://springmountaintreatmentcenter.com/ and follow https://www.facebook.com/SpringMountainTreatmentCenter

Pro Football Hall of Famer, Anthony Munoz, Visits Las Vegas Vaccination Sites in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine PSA Campaign

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz visited various vaccination sites and locations across Las Vegas, on April 26, meeting with elected officials, community leaders, residents, and healthcare professionals. The visit is in conjunction with the recently launched COVID-19 vaccine PSA campaign, a partnership between SilverSummit Healthplan, Centene, and the Pro Football of Fame, to educate people across the country about the safety and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a particular focus on communities of color.

Biostasis Research Institute Launches to Enable Human “Organ Banks” Through the Cryogenic Storage of Donor Organs for Transplantation (Nevada Donor Network)

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Two New University Research Centers will Create Technologies to Store Living Systems

The Biostasis Research Institute (BRI) launches today by establishing and funding two new research centers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Minnesota aimed at creating human organ banks through the cryogenic storage of organs donated for transplantation.

These research centers will develop new technologies to store tissues, organs, and whole organisms for biomedical research as part of a larger “Apollo Program” in cryopreservation (extreme cold storage) and suspended animation (safely slowing and stopping biological processes). This research effort has now reached well over $100 million in funding from U.S. science agencies, philanthropic donors, and industry partners.

Bioengineering research funded by the BRI will initially focus on three objectives. Each of these goals is uniquely tractable from a bioengineering perspective and meets the needs of a vulnerable or underserved community of patients. The public health impact of each of these technologies has also been poorly understood until now, resulting in little research funding to date:

The first human organ cryopreservation to save children in need of a transplant: Infants and small children in need of a transplant have an especially hard time finding a matching donor. Yet unfortunately, donor infant organs are discarded at a higher rate than adults because a suitable recipient can be difficult to find nearby. The BRI aims to connect this supply with children in need by enabling the storage of untransplanted neonatal organs until a recipient is identified.

Creating the first functional human brain banks: The treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, Epilepsy, and other brain diseases is hindered by the fact that research animals and other laboratory models lack the unique features of the human brain. Today sections of human brain tissue can be donated and studied in the laboratory while maintaining essential functions such as signaling between neurons.

This donated tissue is an invaluable resource for understanding the human brain and developing treatments to neurological diseases, but today it is incredibly scarce because the brain tissue cannot be donated on a large scale and stored without destroying the tissue’s function. The BRI aims to create the first technologies for routine brain donation and biobanking that keep the brain tissue viable during long-term storage. These functional brain banks will be a transformative new resource for neuroscience and drug discovery.

Extending the storage time of kidney transplants from days to weeks: Today kidneys and other organs must reach their recipient within hours after they are donated, limiting the options to find a suitable match between donors and recipients. The BRI aims to extend this time window, allowing thousands more kidneys to be transplanted each year globally. These technologies can also allow many more kidney recipients to avoid lifelong immunosuppression treatment, freeing them from life-threatening infections, cancer, and other illnesses.

“This institute is another major step forward in the ability to store life,” said Jedediah Lewis, founder and Director of the BRI. “These technologies can bring to science and medicine what other domains, such as energy and agriculture, have taken for granted for centuries: practical, widespread distribution of humanity’s most important lifesaving resources. The benefits for human health will be profound.”

This National Donate Life Month, the launch of the BRI brings new hope to patients in need of a transplant.

“Almost one third of all deaths in the United States are caused by organ failure. Today less than 3% of this need is being met by organ transplantation in the U.S. and even less globally. A major contributor to the problem is the inability to store organs; the establishment of organ banks could make thousands more transplants possible, while adding years and sometimes decades of healthy life for organ recipients compared with transplantation today,” said Dr. Sebastian Giwa, founder of the BRI and founder of the Organ Preservation Alliance, and resident of Las Vegas, NV.

The BRI is founded and funded by five U.S. organ procurement organizations, the nonprofits designated by the U.S. government to coordinate all donation of organs for transplantation within a geographic area. These include LifeGift (TX), Nevada Donor Network (NV), Donor Network West (CA and northern NV), LifeSource (MN), and Lifebanc (OH). Other founders and donors include the Organ Preservation Alliance, Bitcoin philanthropic foundation the Pineapple Fund, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Surgery, the University of Minnesota Medical School, and Organ Preservation Alliance co-founders Jedediah Lewis and Dr. Sebastian Giwa.

To help meet these challenges, the BRI is funding the establishment of two research centers that will work in tight coordination:

The first new research center, the Center for Biostasis at Massachusetts General Hospital, will create and apply new technologies to control ice formation at sub-freezing temperatures and condition living systems to undergo extreme temperature changes. This center will be housed at the largest Harvard-affiliated research hospital and led by Drs. Mehmet Toner, Korkut Uygun, and Shannon Tessier.

The second new research center, the Organ and Tissue Preservation Center at the University of Minnesota, will focus on technologies to safely and rapidly rewarm cryopreserved organs and other living systems. This center will be housed within the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) and will be led by the IEM Director, Dr. John Bischof, and Department of Surgery faculty member, Dr. Erik Finger.

“In a few short years, a modern day ‘Apollo Program’ in cryopreservation has started to take shape. Having progressed from individual-driven projects to well over $100 million in funding and the convergence of organ banking technologies, the time is now opportune in this field to develop the Biostasis Research Institute,” said Professor Mehmet Toner, Co-Director of the new Center for Biostasis at Massachusetts General Hospital. “With this institute now launching and funding a new Center for Biostasis at Massachusetts General Hospital, we are excited to play a lead role in driving this research forward.”

“We applaud the Biostasis Research Institute for spearheading a research effort that aims to address some of the most critical bottlenecks in regenerative medicine,” said Professor John Bischof, Director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine at the University of Minnesota and Research Director of the new Organ and Tissue Preservation Center. “By funding a new Organ and Tissue Preservation Center at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine, the institute is accelerating research and technology development that will positively impact millions of patients, including children on transplant wait lists, and people with neurodegenerative conditions.”

Joe Ferreira, President and CEO of Nevada Donor Network and President of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) shared, “Nevada Donor Network’s mission is to maximize the gift of life and health through organ, eye, and tissue donation, which includes supporting scientific research that advances an organ donor’s gift. We chose to be a founding donor of this research because it is critical to extending the viability of life-saving organs and tissues so that we can save more lives and help more patients in need.” 

“By funding biostasis research, we are investing in the future of organ donation and transplantation. This initiative advances the mission of organ procurement organizations: to honor the heroism of every organ donor by maximizing the impact of their life-saving gifts,” said Susan Gunderson, CEO of BRI founding donor LifeSource. 


Las Vegas Shows Its Ongoing Pride with LGBTQ+ Events and Celebrations

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From annual events to amazing entertainment, Las Vegas proudly celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and empowers travelers to embrace who they are year-round. Featuring a wide variety of LGBTQ+-driven entertainment, dining, nightlife and special events, Las Vegas is the ultimate, inclusive escape for anyone and everyone for any occasion.

Annual Events

Take the party to the pool for Temptation Sundays at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The long-running weekly poolside dance party features new DJs each week, kicking off in May 2021 and running through September. This sexy poolside party features amazing DJs spinning the summer’s hottest soundtracks, specialty drinks and nonstop fun in the sun.

The International Gay Bowling Organization’s IGBO Annual 2021 returns to Las Vegas May 26-30 at The Orleans. A United States Bowling Congress (USBC) sanctioned tournament, IGBO Annual 2021 promises fun, competition and camaraderie.

The Inaugural Henderson Pride Festival set for spring 2021 will include a series of events focused on celebrating diversity, self-awareness, promoting family values and health and wellness in all its forms, kicking off with Pride Night at Cowabunga Bay on May 28, 8 pm – midnight.

The Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada, a non-profit advocacy group that aims to expand the economic opportunities and advancement of the LGBTQ+ business community will host its summer virtual mixer Wednesday, June 16 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Celebrating gay men of all shapes and sizes, who are also cigar and pipe aficionados, bikers or leathermen, SMOKEOUT 2021 will be on fire at Tuscany Suites and Casino, August 25-30. A week filled with exciting activities, exclusive excursions, and outrageous parties, SMOKEOUT is the largest event celebrating a vibrant sub-culture of the gay community.

From bull riding to cattle roping, the rodeo thrives in Vegas. September 17−19,  the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association’s BigHorn Rodeo will once again ride into Las Vegas, bringing with it all the typical rodeo favorites and camp events. Spectators will be jumping in their boots as they enjoy a multitude of events from bull riding and roping to barrel racing during the annual three-day event held at Horseman’s Park.

The biggest LGBTQ+ event of the year, Las Vegas PRIDE, is expected to return live October 8 and 9. Completely centered around pride and diversity, the parade through Downtown Las Vegas on October 8 and the festival on October 9 will be bigger and more fabulous after the at-home virtual celebration in 2020. Las Vegas PRIDE also offers festive events all year long.

Year-Round Experiences

Start your engines and squeal into the most fabulous RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party at AREA15’s the PORTAL. Hosted by Drag Race alum Elliott with 2 T’s, every Friday night this April the show comes alive inside the 360-degree floor-to-ceiling projection-mapped entertainment space. There will be surprises throughout the night and a grand finale performance by Elliott and her dancers.

Flex Cocktail Lounge, just off the Strip, has been serving the LGBTQ+ community for more than 20 years. Join the fun for nightly entertainment, drink specials, and Thursday-night Drag-aoke.

Minutes from Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, FreeZone Nightclub and Bar pairs a casual atmosphere with upbeat music and nightly karaoke. Featuring food, pool tables and occasional drag shows, it is a solid spot to catch up with friends or let loose on the dance floor.

The Garage, located a few miles off the Strip, is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Modeled after an auto-body shop, the bar features pool tables, shuffleboard and darts, in addition to drink specials and mouth-watering bar bites.

The Garden Las Vegas is an intimate and chic lounge bar by nightlife extraordinaire Eduardo Cordova located in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, featuring craft cocktails, light bites and an extravagant ambiance. Join some of the most talented queens every Saturday and Sunday at the Bottomless Drag Brunch for endless mimosas, delicious food and fun that slays.

Gold Spike in Downtown Las Vegas announced the comeback of the queens. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, the “girls” are back in town as Drag Queen Bingo makes its debut at Gold Spike. Bingo hosts Angel Phoenix, Asia King Adour and London Adour call the balls bringing their signature brand of sass, crass and high-class entertainment to The Living Room. Everyone’s a winner with giveaways, prizes and drink specials throughout the evening.

The beloved restaurant and hangout, Hamburger Mary’s, has returned to Las Vegas with its specialty, a side of sass. Guests can dine on elevated pub food at the classy-kitsch joint, which also features a bar, dining area and an outside patio. The LGBTQ+-friendly burger joint doubles as an entertainment mecca, including drag shows, charity bingo, cabaret theater events, trivia and much more.

Serving up unforgettable parties seven nights a week, Piranha Nightclub is the ultimate late-night location for LGBTQ+ revelers. From international DJs to world famous drag queens, the entertainment is top-notch and draws a lively, diverse crowd. Depending on the occasion, guests can enjoy a cocktail at one of the many bars or dance the night away on Piranha’s state-of-the-art dance floors among sexy go-go dancers.

PRIDE Family Bingo makes its return on Wednesday, May 5 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. This monthly PRIDE Las Vegas event will be held on the first Wednesday of each month and is hosted by local Drag Queen Bingo hosts. Funds raised go to support Las Vegas PRIDE and the annual Las Vegas PRIDE celebration. This longtime local favorite event features great prizes and outstanding food and drink specials.

Queens of the scene take guests on a wild ride as they dine at Señor Frog’s Drag Brunch inside Treasure Island Las Vegas. Drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Vegas’ finest female impersonators slay the stage, as revelers can brunch it up with a delicious buffet and an open bar Friday-Sunday.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Launches Collaboration with NPHI’s Advanced Cardiac Care Program In Southern Nevada

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Cross-Industry Initiative will Provide Clinical Guidelines and Resources for Heart Patients and Families

Despite the longer survival times for heart failure patients enrolled in hospice than those not enrolled in hospice[1], services remain underused in this population[2]. The evidence reflects a lack of awareness of hospice and palliative care offerings in the community as one of the primary barriers to improved quality and access.[3] To address this care gap, the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), in cooperation with the American Heart Association (AHA) – the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to a world of longer, healthier lives –  announced a new advanced cardiac care initiative and the availability of jointly developed patient and family educational resources.

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States[4], and exacts a disproportionate toll on many racial and ethnic groups that have higher rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors.[5] Amidst the pandemic, heart patients face increasing challenges.  Cardiovascular complications contribute to roughly 40% of all COVID-19-related deaths[6].  Heart Failure is at the forefront of these realities and evidence reflects that heart failure (HF) patients often do not receive care that aligns with evidence-based best practices and that clinicians and patients are not aware of critical information and resources.[7]

NPHI is an organization driven by passion and integrity to help people live fully through the end-of-life. Their 70+ not-for-profit members are community-based hospice, palliative, and advanced illness care providers across the country.

“We are excited to be launching this innovative program for our patients that suffer from heart disease.  This collaboration between NPHI, the American Heart Association and community-based not for profit hospices will make a significant difference to our patients,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President & CEO Karen Rubel. “As the largest nonprofit hospice organization in Nevada, we are thrilled to be offering this support through availability of jointly developed patient and family educational resources to help educate heart patients.”

“Emergency room and hospital visits take a substantial emotional and financial toll on people living with advanced heart disease, their families and on our health system but can be averted if we can improve awareness of community resources and clinical best practices,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association.  “Too often, people faced with advanced heart disease are not made aware of how not-for-profit hospice and advanced illness care organizations can provide affordable quality care at home, even as evidence consistently shows the quality of care and healthcare cost advantages of cardiac care by hospice providers.”

Palliative care provides holistic support to patients with stroke and other chronic conditions to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Hospice care is end-of-life care and is usually reserved for patients among whom most treatment options are no longer feasible. Like palliative care, hospice care also aims to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

Hospice and advanced illness providers deliver quality primary care at home and at hospice treatment centers, even for those who are not terminal, helping to avert the multiple hospital and emergency room visits often associated with advanced heart disease over months or years.  Plus, in-home care reduces a huge source of stress for the patient, their family, and the medical facility.

“We need to close the gap for heart failure patients who can benefit from in-home hospice services,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO of NPHI. “Far too many die alone in the hospital or nursing facility when they could instead be cared for by our hospice teams wherever they reside and enjoy a far higher quality of life surrounded by loved ones.”

“Regarding advanced heart disease, people of color and the LBGTQ+ communities need to know in far greater numbers how NPHI member organizations can provide comprehensive quality care at home- care which is covered by Medicare or private insurance or by us – NO ONE is turned away because they cannot pay,” Cameron Muir, MD, chief innovation officer of NPHI.  “Through the powerful collaboration of the American Heart Association and NPHI, we have developed simple, accessible resources that every family in America should know about and to help reduce the current devastating gaps in care.”

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation  is collaborating with the American Heart Association to improve quality and access to hospice and palliative/advanced illness care.

Additional Resources:

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

Uber Offering 35,600 Free & Discounted Rides for “Back to Life” COVID-19 Vaccine Program

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In further efforts to encourage Black and African American residents in Clark County to get COVID-19 vaccinations and to address disparities in vaccine access, Uber has stepped forward to provide support of the “Back to Life” campaign by offering up to 35,600 free or discounted rides to residents to the vaccination site at Nevada Partners, 690 W. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89030.

Uber will be offering the free rides from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to residents living in eight ZIP codes that, according to the Southern Nevada Health District, have shown the highest number of COVID-19 related cases since the start of the pandemic. They are 89110, 89108, 89115, 89030, 89121, 89031, 89032, and 89122.

The first 5,000 people will get free rides (two per person, to the site and back). The next 12,800 people will get two rides each at a 50-percent discount. The offer is good through Sept. 30, 2021, or until the free and reduced rides are exhausted.

To receive the Uber code for free or discounted rides, individuals will need to call Nevada Partners at 702-844-8000. For those who do not have access to the Uber app, they can still call Nevada Partners for assistance.

Residents seeking the Uber rides must have already booked vaccination appointments at Nevada Partners prior to reaching the ride-share company for the transportation assistance.

“We are grateful Uber has joined the ‘Back to Life’ effort to allow for more Black residents to obtain much-needed vaccines,” said Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II. “The

COVID-19 pandemic has brought existing health disparities to the forefront, and African Americans in our community are experiencing more cases, mortality rates, and hospitalizations from COVID-19. Partners like Uber are extremely generous and helpful in saving lives during this pandemic.”

In addition to Nevada Partners, Faith Organizing Alliance and the African Diaspora of Las Vegas will also serve as partners and help identify individuals needing Uber rides to the vaccination site.

“We’re so excited to be collaborating in this partnership. Providing transportation alleviates one of the hurdles community members face and truly empowers them to make informed decisions about their health in a more holistic manner,” said Monica Ford, president of Nevada Partners.

“Uber is committed to supporting programs like the ‘Back to Life’ campaign that help ensure Nevada residents can be vaccinated quickly and equitably,” said Javi Correoso, Public Affairs, Uber. “We applaud Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District, and Nevada Partners for their work, and are happy to provide 35,600 free and discounted rides to help reduce transportation barriers to accessing the Covid-19 vaccine.”

Overall, Clark County has been making progress in increasing vaccinations among racial and ethnic groups, including African Americans. However, several factors still contribute to the lower response rates including socioeconomic status, access to health care/vaccination distribution sites, exposure to the virus related to occupation, knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of available vaccines, and historical mistrust and skepticism among African Americans in the health care system.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Southern Nevada Health District’s website for detailed information about COVID-19 and to book vaccination appointments at Health District and community partner locations, including College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne Campus and the Las Vegas Convention Center: www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Nevada residents 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Residents who have vaccine-related questions or need help booking appointments may call (800) 401-0946.

The “Back to Life” campaign’s webpage,  www.clarkcountynv.gov/backtolife, located on Clark County’s website, includes downloadable materials for individuals and organizations wishing to support the effort and help spread awareness about the importance of vaccinations among the Black population. People can also follow @BacktoLifeSNV on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and use the hashtag #BacktoLifeSNV.   

About Uber 

Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities. For more information on Uber’s commitment to provide 10 Million free and discounted rides to support access to the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: https://www.uber.com/newsroom/10-million-rides/

About Clark County  

Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

About Southern Nevada Health District                    

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.

SNHD Reports 1.2 Million+ Vaccination Doses

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The latest from the Southern Nevada Health District on vaccination efforts:

  • As of April 15, 2021, there have been 786,066 COVID-19 doses initiated, 504,475 doses completed, and a total of 1,239,701 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County.
  • This Tuesday, April 13, a record number of vaccines were administered at both the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center clinics. More than 7,700 vaccines were given at Cashman Center, and more than 6,000 at the Convention Center location.
  • This has been a tremendous undertaking, and it is due to the hard work of staff, partners, and the public’s commitment to their health and the health of the community that so many are already fully vaccinated.
  • As a larger percentage of the population is vaccinated, the Health District and its partners will shift their strategies for reaching people and offering the vaccine.
  • Beginning May 5, the Cashman Center location will be closing, and large-scale clinic operations will be focused on the Las Vegas Convention Center site.
  • This will allow available resources to be maximized, including using strike teams and pop-up clinic sites to vaccinate at smaller events and to reach higher-risk populations. 
  • The  Southern Nevada Health District has stopped administering the Janssen vaccine in its clinics and advised its community partners to do the same.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA have recommended this pause in the use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine after six cases of a rare but serious blood clot condition in individuals who received the vaccine. The pause is intended to allow time to prepare health care providers to recognize and diagnose patients, treat them appropriately, and report cases that may be related to the vaccine.
  • Yesterday, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported that a Nevadan was one of six reported serious reactions to the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
  • At this time, the Health District does not have any additional details about the Nevada resident.
  • These reactions are very rare, and for anyone who received the Janssen vaccine more than a month ago, the risk if very low at this time.
  • If someone received the Janssen vaccine in the last few weeks, they should be aware of the symptoms associated with the rare adverse events. If someone develops severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks of vaccination, they should contact their health care provider or go to the emergency room or urgent care, and let them know they received the Janssen vaccine.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not associated with these rare but serious conditions, and the Health District continues to urge people to get vaccinated.
  • The Health District is reporting 239,293 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County today, an increase of 440 since yesterday as well as 4205 deaths, an increase in seven from yesterday.

LVGEA New Target Industries Include Healthcare

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LVGEA Revisits Approach to Economic Diversification Efforts with Help from SRI

In collaboration with SRI International, a nonprofit research institute, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) has released a Target Industry Validation Study to facilitate intentional economic growth and diversification in Southern Nevada.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Nevada economy was gradually becoming more diverse and seeing consistent job growth. Much of that momentum, however, ground to a halt as a result of the pandemic.

“This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our global, national, and especially regional economy,” said Jonas Peterson, President and CEO of LVGEA. “By re-examining our region’s target industries, we can now refocus our job creation and community building efforts to position Southern Nevada for success in a post-COVID economy.”

The study employed a diverse mix of research methods including the assessment of the previous target industries, Nevada’s new state economic development plan and information gathered from regional economic stakeholders. Researchers also gathered data on various industries based on the following criteria: stability, earnings, job-rich, and growth in employment share.

Although Nevada’s economic climate has changed since the last target industry study was released in 2017, data showed many components of the previous target industries remain relevant and have therefore been incorporated within the newly identified adjacent industries. Additionally, SRI has identified key sub-industries within each target industry to represent different operational areas. Through SRI’s analysis, the following seven industries and component industries were recommended to ensure growth and economic success for Southern Nevada:

  • Healthcare Services 
    • General & Specialist Healthcare Services
    • Hospitals
    • Care Facilities
    • Healthcare Research & Technologies
  • General & Advanced Manufacturing 
    • General Manufacturing
    • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Business & Financial Services 
    • Management & Professional Services
    • Business Administration
    • Financial Services
  • Creative Industries 
    • Creative Professional Services
    • Media Production
    • Media Broadcasting & Distribution
    • Entertainers & Supporting Services
  • Clean Technologies 
    • Clean Energy Generation
    • Distribution & Wholesale
    • Engineering & Support
    • HVAC & Plumbing Contractors
  • Transportation & Logistics Technologies
    • Distribution & Warehousing
    • Transportation & Support
    • Passenger Services
    • Production of Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • Information & Communication Technologies 
    • ICT Professional Services
    • Cybersecurity

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.