Back-To-School Shots Available at Health District Clinics

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The Southern Nevada Health District urges parents and guardians to bring their kindergartners and 7th graders for their mandatory school vaccines before the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 9. The Health District’s immunization clinic is giving away free backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the first 500 kids at our clinics starting Monday, July 12. All Health District immunization clinic services are available by appointment only at this time. Appointments can be made by calling (702) 759-0850.

The Health District offers back-to-school immunizations as well as the backpack giveaway at the following locations.

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite D1, Las Vegas
  • Henderson Clinic, 2020 E. Horizon Dr., Suites A & C, Henderson
  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

A back-to-school immunization clinic, sponsored by Immunize Nevada, will be held from

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Southern Nevada Health District, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at this clinic for students age 12 and older.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in school: chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP and Tdap), quadrivalent meningitis, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). Parents who recently moved to Nevada should note hepatitis A vaccination is required in the state. Immunizations that were up-to-date in other states that do not require hepatitis A vaccination might not be current in Nevada. For a list of immunization requirements for school, visit Immunize Nevada’s  School Vaccinations page.

Children entering 7th grade must be immunized against tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) as well as Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis) in the form of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The meningitis vaccine is also required for 8th through 12th grade students who are new to the Clark County School District. A booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate and the meningococcal B vaccines are recommended for teens who are 16 to 18 years old. College freshmen younger than 23 years old who are enrolled at a Nevada college or university and living in a dormitory are required to receive the meningococcal vaccine. The Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis), meningococcal B, and quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines are all available at the Southern Nevada Health District.

Parents vaccinating a child at a Health District clinic should bring immunization records. Parents who cannot locate immunization records should contact their health care provider. If their children were immunized in Nevada, parents can also visit Nevada WebIZ, a statewide immunization registry, at https://izrecord.nv.gov/public/Application/PublicPortal or call Nevada WebIZ at 1 (877) 689-3249. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child; however, written consent must be provided to the Health District from the parent or guardian at the time of service. Administrative fees and cost of vaccines may be applied depending upon insurance status.

The Health District accepts most insurance plans. Not all immunizations are covered by insurance. Contact the Health District’s immunization clinic for information and current fee schedule. For information, contact the Health District’s immunization clinic at  (702) 759-0850 or visit the Vaccines for School page. For wait times, follow us on Twitter @SNHDinfo or visit our website, www.SNHD.info.

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.

Heart Disease May Negatively Affect Athletes

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Las Vegas Heart Associates’ Physician Leading Author of Study

In May, the American College of Cardiology published an Expert Analysis on Non-Ischemic Myocardial Fibrosis in Athletes.  A local sports cardiologist, Alfred Danielian, MD, FACC, FASE, was featured as the leading author of the analysis providing valuable input relating to athletes and their training.

Non-ischemic myocardial fibrosis is a serious heart condition that can cause heart failure, irregular or abnormal heart rhythms and may even result in death.  The disease affects the muscular tissue of the heart causing an accumulation of scar tissue as a result of the disease. If enough scar tissue forms, this accumulation may be detrimental to the heart. Dr. Danielian and the co-authors of the analysis reported the following:

  • Prolonged, high-intensity exercise may cause cardiac fibrosis, even in the absence of predisposition to cardiac disease.
  • The prognostic significance of myocardial fibrosis in an otherwise healthy athlete remains controversial.
  • Findings of focal scar at the right ventricular hinge points in asymptomatic athletes is of uncertain clinical significance.

As a nationally recognized sports cardiologist, Dr. Danielian has an extensive background in evaluating and assessing many different types of athletes from recreational, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional levels.  Dr. Danielian is active in the athletic community providing important and up-to-date information for the community through his active role on the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

To learn more about the practice and physicians, please visit their website.

About Las Vegas Heart Associates
Las Vegas Heart Associates is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada community.  The practice offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care with two convenient locations in the valley.  The specialists at Las Vegas Heart Associates are highly trained in General, Interventional, Structural, Vascular, Nuclear and Sports Cardiology as well as Echocardiography and Electrophysiology.  To schedule an appointment call (702) 962-0020 for the Southern Hills location or (702) 962-2200 for the MountainView location.

United Health Foundation Publishes 2021 Health Disparities Report

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The United Health Foundation released the inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report, which highlights the constant and changing contours of disparities across race and ethnicity, education, gender and geography across the country. This unique report paints a comprehensive portrait of health inequities by focusing on 30 measures of health as well as on several subpopulation groups.

Here in Nevada, the 2021 Health Disparities Report finds:

  • A 64% increase in food insecurity in households headed by an adult with a high school education between 2003-2007 and 2015-2019 from 9.8% to 16.1%.
  • A 28% decrease in unemployment in civilians living in non-metropolitan areas between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 8.0% to 5.8%.
  • A 13% increase in low birthweight in Hispanic infants between 2003-2006 and 2016-2019 from 6.7% to 7.6%.
  • A 28% decrease in infant mortality in African American infants between 2003-2006 and 2015-2018 from 13.4 to 9.6 deaths (before age 1), per 1,000 live births.

Additionally, Nevada saw an increase in income equality since 2011, although the ratio is still lower than the national ratio. Other health disparities that are identified in the report include: a major decrease in avoiding care due to cost for African American adults, and an increase in physical inactivity in Hispanic adults.

Click on this link to read the complete: 2021 Health Disparities State Summaries.

Desert Radiology Recognized by Nevada Business Awards

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Company Recognized for Widespread Impact Through its Philanthropic Service Organization

After launching a groundbreaking philanthropic service group, Desert Radiology — an official Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence that has served Southern Nevada for more than 55 years — announced it received the Others First Award in the Philanthropy and Giving category at Nevada Business Magazine’s 2021 Nevada Business Awards.

The award recognizes the business’ ongoing practice culture of giving back through numerous volunteering and fundraising initiatives. Desert Radiology provides these efforts through its DR Do-Gooders program, a philanthropic service organization designed to unite and energize employees with outreach opportunities.

“Our team at Desert Radiology not only works hard to support our patients’ health — we also strive to promote a vibrant community by giving back,” said Corrie Riccadonna, director, marketing & provider relations of Desert Radiology. “This award marks a fantastic achievement by our team members who volunteer hundreds of hours and take part in something bigger than themselves. We applaud all of our DR Do-Gooders team members for helping us succeed in putting others first, and we look forward to supporting and caring for our community for many years to come.”

Desert Radiology took a dramatic step to aid the community in 2016, when it pivoted from promoting its services to supporting Southern Nevadans in need. With this goal, the company stopped all conventional advertising and redirected the saved ad dollars into creating DR Do-Gooders.

The DR Do-Gooders team supports numerous nonprofits across the Las Vegas Valley, including Opportunity Village, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen of Nevada and the City Impact Center. The group’s largest events include a Back-to-School Backpack Drive that provides hundreds of backpacks and additional supplies to students in need, and a Dry Bottoms diaper drive that collected tens of thousands of diapers for hundreds of Las Vegas families.

At least 70 to 80 DR Do-Gooders team members volunteer for each of the group’s outreach efforts.

For more information about Desert Radiology, visit www.desertrad.com.

About Desert Radiology
Founded in 1966, Desert Radiology has grown to be the largest radiology practice in Nevada and is ranked among the top 25 practices in the country on the Radiology Business Journal’s Radiology 100.  With an emphasis on high-quality, prompt diagnostic care and innovative technology, the practice’s specialized team of over 80 board-certified radiologists serves more than 40,000 patients every month through its 11 facilities across Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump. Through 55 years of service, Desert Radiology maintains longstanding key relationships with 11 hospitals, a large cancer center, a group of multispecialty medical centers and many other facilities in Southern Nevada.  Designated as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, Desert Radiology prides itself on being a valued community partner to its patients and many local nonprofit organizations.  The practice is the exclusive provider of radiology services to multiple Las Vegas professional sports teams including the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, and Las Vegas Lights FC.  For more information, visit www.desertrad.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/desertradiology.

 

Klothes 4 Kids Holds Back to School Drive for Children in Foster Care

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Non-Profit Accepting Clothing, Shoes and School Supplies for Children of All Ages

Back to school is just around the corner and Klothes 4 Kids is helping foster children in Clark County prepare for a successful academic year. From now until August 30, Klothes 4 Kids is accepting brand new clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies for school-aged children from the community:

Children (New Only)   Teens (New Only)   School Supplies  
Girls’ underwear: sizes 4, 6, 10, 12, 2-4T, 5

Boys’ underwear: sizes 6-8, 10, 12, 14, 2-4T, 5

Children’s socks – sizes 13 and up

Nightgowns and pajamas

Pants: skinny and straight-leg jeans, khakis

Boys’ and girls’ shorts

Tops: long and short sleeve

Shoes

Sports bras (all sizes)

Nightgowns and pajamas

Pants: skinny and straight-leg jeans, khakis

Tops: long and short sleeve

Shoes

Teen underwear and socks (all sizes)

 

Backpacks

Lunchboxes

Scientific Calculators

Pens (black ink)

Pencils

Markers/crayons/colored pencils

Notebooks

Paper (loose, college-ruled)

 

“Children in foster care are given trash bags to put their belongings in. Trash bags were made for just that, trash, and no child should feel as if they are worthless and disposable,” said Nijel Murray, founder of Klothes 4 Kids. “This is why Klothes 4 Kids takes special care in how we deliver clothing to children. Each child receives a new duffel bag packed with new clothing and supplies.”

Donations can be mailed or dropped off at Clemco Postal, 8414 W. Farm Road. Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Klothes 4 Kids is also accepting monetary donations, which can be made through its website, www.klothes4kidslv.org/donations.  For any businesses that would like to hold in-house drives, please contact Shon Murray at koolklothesforkids@gmail.com.

About Klothes 4 Kids  

In 2017, at the age of 14, Nijel Murray founded Klothes 4 Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that provides children and teens living in foster care with duffel bags filled with new clothes, shoes, and necessities. For more information, please visit www.klothes4kidslv.org or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Welcomes 2021 Class of Medical Residents and New Class of Fellows

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The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium Welcomes 2021 Residents and Fellows to Sunrise Health System

The new class includes residents in Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Transitional Year based at MountainView Hospital, and Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Transitional Year based at Southern Hills Hospital. This is MountainView’s sixth and Southern Hill’s fifth incoming class of residents, with the first program launch in 2016.

Sunrise Health GME will also welcome its third class of fellows into two fellowship programs: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship and Gastroenterology Fellowship, and its first class of fellows into the Addiction Medicine fellowship program. Additionally, the inaugural class of Critical Care Anesthesiology fellows will be joining the consortium.

“We are delighted to welcome this year’s class of residents,” says Fran DeYoung, Sunrise Health GME Consortium Designated Institutional Official. “By rotating through the three HCA Healthcare campuses in Las Vegas, all with unique and diverse dynamics, our residents will encounter an abundance of opportunities that will refine and train them.”

The incoming class of Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium residents includes:

·         Anesthesiology: 16

·         Diagnostic Radiology: 5

·         Emergency Medicine: 11

·         Family Medicine: 8

·         General Surgery: 14

·         Internal Medicine: 24

·         Obstetrics/Gynecology: 4

·         Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 6

·         Psychiatry: 4

·         Neurology: 3

·         Transitional Year at MountainView Hospital: 13

·         Transitional Year at Southern Hills Hospital: 13

The fellowship class of Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium includes:

·         Addiction Medicine: 1

·         Critical Care Anesthesiology (inaugural class): 3

·         Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism: 2

·         Gastroenterology: 3

“The new residents are joining our campuses at a crucial time that presents many opportunities for growth and comprehensive learning, as MountainView, Sunrise and Southern Hills Hospital continue to meet the needs of our community,” said Jesus Medrano, HCA Far West Division VP of Graduate Medical Education.

This year, Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s programs received a significant number of applications for a limited number of positions, even while facing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. To list a few, the Anesthesiology residency program received over 1,100 applications for 16 positions, Diagnostic Radiology received over 500 for five positions, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation received over 350 for five positions. The Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs are the only programs of their kind in Nevada.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine and General Surgery Residency Programs from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), welcoming its first residents in 2016. Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

With programs based at MountainView and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Sunrise Health Consortium welcomes 121 new residents as well as nine fellows. Following the incoming classes at both locations, there will be 255 Sunrise Health GME Consortium residents.

SNHD COVID Update 6.25.21

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Today, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 257,961 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 740 cases since yesterday. The Health District is also reporting an additional three deaths, bringing the total to 4,483. The community’s COVID-19 7-day test positivity rate is also on the rise, and these factors serve as a reminder for the public that the pandemic is not over. It is important to continue to take steps to protect themselves and others, including getting fully vaccinated and getting tested.

In Clark County, 1,937,809 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 1,113,464 doses have been initiated, and 913,545 have been completed. More than 60 percent of adults 18 years of age and older in Clark County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 54 percent of those eligible (people 12 and older) have received at least one dose. More information about vaccination rates in Clark County is available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

“As our community began the process of reopening, this increase in cases is not unexpected. However, it is preventable,” said Dr. Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “There are many preventive measures people can do to protect themselves from COVID-19 and to help keep the virus from spreading. People who are not vaccinated should continue to wear face masks, or better yet, make an appointment to get the vaccine or stop by one of the many locations that accept walk-in patients.”

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free and conveniently available at Health District and partner pop-up clinics as well as pharmacy locations throughout the valley. Current clinic location information and registration links are available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Community COVID-19 vaccine clinic information can also be found online at www.NVCOVIDFighter.org. The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible.

Based on the information currently available, the vaccines that are authorized offer protection against the new variants that are circulating. In addition to decreasing a person’s risk of getting seriously ill or being hospitalized, getting fully vaccinated is important to our efforts to stop new variants from spreading in the community.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are not fully vaccinated and are close contacts of someone who has COVID-19 should get tested. Current COVID-19 testing site information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-testing. Community testing locations can also be found on the Nevada Health Response website at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/find-covid-19-testing-in-nevada/.

More information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at www.snhd.info/covid. The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases

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.

National HIV Testing Day, June 27 ‘My Test, My Way’

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“My Test, My Way.” It’s the optimal way for people to find out their HIV status and it’s the theme for this year’s National HIV Testing Day, June 27. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to get tested in a way that is convenient and accessible for them. The Health District will provide free Express Testing from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, June 25 at Annex A inside the 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center. For information about testing and services, visit the Sexual Health Clinic webpage.

National HIV Testing Day provides an opportunity for patients, health care providers, and partners, among others, to discuss several testing options that are available including in-home tests or rapid tests. In December, the Health District launched its Collect2Protect at-home, free HIV test kit. Clients can order their tests and receive their results in the privacy of their homes. For information or to order a Collect2Protect kit, visit: www.snhd.info/c2p

The Health District’s Linkage to Action mobile unit will also provide free HIV testing to commemorate National HIV Testing Day at two locations on Saturday, June 26:

  • Horizon Ridge Wellness Clinic, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., 1670 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, 89119
  • Nevada Partners, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., 690 W. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas, 89030

In December 2019, Nevada joined the Fast-Track Cities Initiative and became part of a global effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the support of local officials. A goal of Fast-Track Cities is to have 90 percent of people living with HIV to know their status. Currently, Clark County is at 79 percent. Local public officials are helping to make HIV testing a routine activity by demonstrating how easy it is to take an at-home test. Southern Nevada District Board of Health members and Las Vegas City Councilmembers Olivia Diaz and Brian Knudsen, and Board of Health Chair North Las Vegas City Council member Scott Black demonstrate the ease of at-home testing to urge their constituents to get tested, to learn about the importance of having an HIV test, and the local free and low-cost testing resources.

“There are still too many people in our community who are unaware of their HIV status. The most important thing about getting tested is knowing your status, discussing your results with your health care provider, and taking steps protect your health and your partner’s,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “We are excited that our board members are eager to help us destigmatize HIV and HIV testing and to demonstrate how easy it is do an at-home testing.”

“One of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of HIV is simply by getting tested,” said North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, who also serves as Chairman of the Southern Nevada Health District Board of Health. “The Health District offers free in-home test kits, which allow people to self-test from the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Those who don’t know their status can unknowingly transmit the virus to others. Know your status by getting tested!”

“June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. It’s important to know your status. For our many communities across Southern Nevada, it’s important we get regularly tested for HIV/AIDS. Our Health District provides excellent access and service on getting tested with various community partners across the Las Vegas Valley. It’s quick, affordable, and easy. Learn more: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/community-health-center/sexual-health-clinic/testing-and-services/, “ said Las Vegas City Councilman and District Board of Health member Brian Knudsen.

“Thousands of new infections can be prevented every year if more Nevadans get tested for HIV. It’s safe, easy and important to stand up for our own health. I invite you to find a testing location near you,” said Las Vegas City Councilwoman and District Board of Health Member Olivia Diaz.

Individuals who are HIV positive will have access to Rapid stART, a program that immediately connects them to a medical provider and allows them to begin antiretroviral treatment (ART) the same day or the following day. To participate or to refer a patient to the Rapid stART program, call (702) 234-0429.

People who get tested and learn they are HIV negative can make decisions about their risk factors and health care. Those who are at high risk for HIV infection can discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with their health care providers to reduce their risk of infection. Information about PrEP is available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/prep or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Sexual Health Clinic is located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. Services include confidential HIV testing, counseling, case management, and referrals. For additional information, visit the clinic website or call (702) 759-0702.

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.

Las Vegas HEALS Job Fair Connects Employers and Job Seekers

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Las Vegas HEALS Job Fair

Vegas Healthcare proudly hosted our first “Hire On-The-Spot” event on June 3rd, at Emerald at Queensridge. Dozens of employers and potential employees connected to help get healthcare in Southern Nevada moving.

We’d like to say thank you to sponsors like Insperity, as well as the companies that came out to find those looking for career opportunities and job seekers interesting in working for these great companies.

Enjoy a video that highlights the event, along with some event photos. We look forward to more events soon!

Video from the Event

Images from the Event