Initiative’s Mission to Identify and Address Specific Health Care Needs in Las Vegas Community

This past year Nevada, and our nation, faced one of our toughest health challenges in history. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted a vital need for the health care industry to tackle disparities in access to care, particularly among minorities.

Health Plan of Nevada (HPN) and its parent company, UnitedHealthcare (UHC), are pleased to announce the official launch of Community Catalyst, a new community-based initiative to improve women’s health disparities in Clark County. With a mission to identify and address specific health care needs in the Las Vegas community, Health Plan of Nevada has awarded the Southern Nevada Health District’s Health Center, Southern Nevada Community Health Center (SNCHC) a $250,000 grant to combat women’s health disparities. This funding will be used to improve access to care with a focus on providing breast and cervical cancer screenings, preventative services, and family planning services, especially for the uninsured and under-insured female population in Clark County. Also, in support of the Las Vegas Paiute Nation efforts to identify women in need, conduct outreach, and connect women to care, the SNCHC sub-awarded the Paiute Nation $75,000 of its Community Catalyst grant from Health Plan of Nevada.

“Health Plan of Nevada’s Community Catalyst program is a one-of-a-kind collaborative initiative that seeks to address the disparities in women’s health across the Las Vegas Valley,” said Kelly Simonson, president, Health Plan of Nevada/UnitedHealthcare Community & State. “Through our partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District, their community health center, and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, we plan to improve access to women’s health care and increase the services and care options available.”