Silver State Lights Orange in Honor of Nevada’s Inaugural Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

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In honor of Nevada’s first statewide Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health helped light the state orange, the official color of multiple sclerosis (MS).

In July 2023, Senate Bill 286, the “David Humm” commemorative act, established the third week of March as Nevada’s MS Awareness Week.  In recognition, landmarks including the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Reno’s Believe sculpture and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center on the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health campus lit up orange, the official color of MS.

Humm, posthumously honored at the 2023 Power of Love gala, a fundraiser for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, was a Las Vegas Native who played most of his decade-long National Football League career with the Raiders before becoming a radio analyst and host for the team. Known as the “Original Las Vegas Raider,” he passed away in March 2018 from complications of MS. The law bearing his name raises awareness for the autoimmune disease and the resources available to those living with it.

“Raising awareness for MS is crucial because it not only educates people about this complex chronic condition, but it also helps to break down the misconceptions surrounding it,” said Le Hua, M.D., director of the Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis Program at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “We’ve made so many advancements in how we treat this disease that it is possible to live well with MS. By increasing understanding of these treatment options and support resources available, we can empower those affected by MS and increase access to early and accurate diagnosis.

An estimated 9,000 Nevadans are living with MS, which is the leading causes of non-traumatic disability in young adults.

“Fear of what is to come and lack of access are some of the barriers Nevadans face in seeking MS care, yet we know that early intervention leads to better outcomes,” said Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop. “Increased awareness can help break down these barriers and that is precisely the intent of Nevada’s MS Awareness Week. I can think of no better way to mark our first statewide recognition than turning the Silver State orange.”

While there is currently no cure for MS, there are effective disease-modifying therapies. Five of the latest medications approved for the treatment of the disease were all studied at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, giving Nevadans access to the latest treatments. The center also offers a variety of in person and virtual education, therapeutic and support programs at no-cost to Nevadans.

About the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which opened in 2009, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body, frontotemporal and other dementias; Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple system atrophy and other movement disorders; and multiple sclerosis. With locations in Cleveland, Ohio; Weston, Florida and headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, the center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Nevada location. //Clevelandclinic.org/Nevada. 

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. Cleveland Clinic is consistently recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,699-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Nurses Complete Oncology Nursing (OCN) Exams

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers nurses Bernadette Sotelo, Courtney Ledford and Sydni Peterson recently passed their nursing examinations. They completed the Oncology Nursing (OCN) examination, signifying a depth of knowledge that enables quick recognition of problems and initiation of evidence-based action, well beyond an entry-level understanding to help care, alongside the oncology practice’s advance practice provider team.

2024 Hope Glows Walk/Run Set for April 27

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2024 Hope Glows Fun Run/Walk is set for Saturday, April 27th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This family-friendly event is open to everyone! Your participation can truly make a difference by supporting over 100,000 Americans awaiting life-saving transplants, including more than 600 individuals listed in Nevada.

Why Do We Walk?

We walk for over 600 Nevadans and 100,000+ nationwide waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

We walk for each new name added to the waiting list every eight minutes

We walk for the 17 people who die every day in the U.S. because they do not receive a transplant

We walk for the 64% of Nevadans registered as heroes

We walk for the donor heroes who live on through the gifts they have given

We walk for hope

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World TB Day Calls Attention to Global Disease

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Health District Spotlights TB Treatment and Control Clinic

The Southern Nevada Health District is calling attention to the global impact of tuberculosis as it commemorates World TB Day on Sunday, March 24. Across the globe, 1.6 million people died of TB and another 10.6 million became ill with the disease in 2021. While global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 74 million lives, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors have reversed years of progress.

The United States has one of the lowest TB disease case rates in the world, but data indicate the number of TB disease cases nationwide grew 5% in 2022, to 8,300 cases. Nevada has reached a 10-year high in TB disease cases, with a 40% increase in TB disease incidence from 2022 to 2023.

In Clark County, the Health District investigated 76 active cases of TB in 2023, up from 54 in 2022, and reported six TB-associated deaths. The Health District tested 1,656 people for the disease, nearly triple the 584 tested in 2022.

Given the Health District’s recent large-scale TB investigations, World TB Day’s focus on the ongoing epidemic and highlight of the need to detect and treat those with TB is a timely reminder that too many people still unnecessarily suffer from the disease.

TB is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium, which can be spread through the air when infected individuals cough or speak. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the brain, spine or kidney.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. In fact, most people will develop latent TB infection (LTBI), a condition in which the bacteria lives in the body without making a person sick. However, in other people, especially those with weak immune systems, the bacteria can cause active TB disease, which can be deadly if not identified and treated appropriately.

As the leading provider of TB services in Southern Nevada, the Health District’s Tuberculosis Treatment and Control Clinic offers comprehensive care to ensure that people with active TB disease or LTBI are treated and that those exposed to someone with active TB disease are properly evaluated.

For more information about World TB Day, visit https://www.cdc.gov/tb/worldtbday/ or World TB Day 2024 Campaign: YES! WE CAN #ENDTB! (who.int).

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.

SNHD: 2024 County Health Rankings Released

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Clark County ranks 4th healthiest out of 16 counties assessed in Nevada

New data released by the 2024 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps show Clark County ranks 4th among Nevada counties assessed for health outcomes. The rankings are released each year using data from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The 2024 Health Rankings and Roadmaps report is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

The County Rankings provide a snapshot of local health data. The Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on a range of health outcomes such as premature death and life expectancy, and health factors such as adult smoking, adult obesity, access to primary care physicians, high school completion rates and more. This year’s data release continues to explore civic health. The County Health Rankings specifically looked at two elements of civic health:

  • Civic infrastructure—provides community members with spaces to meet, make their voices heard, engage in cultural activities and assure belonging.
  • Civic participation—includes the way people engage in community life to improve conditions whether through voting, advocacy, volunteering or participating in unions.

According to the data, counties that make it easier for residents to participate in civic activities, and also provide information sources such as broadband or public libraries, are often healthier. According to the County Health Rankings Report released today, these counties are often located in the Northeast and Western regions of the country. To access the Clark County Community Health Assessment and other indicators, visit the Healthy Southern Nevada website at https://www.healthysouthernnevada.org/.

Areas of strength for Clark County included “Access to Exercise Opportunities.” It was noted that in Clark County 95% of people lived close to a park or recreation facility. This is a reflection of the coordinated efforts of community and government partners and Health District programs that have worked hard over the years on enhanced community design efforts, and the promotion of recreational activities and resources. In “Areas to Explore” 16% of Clark County adults were current cigarette smokers compared to 15% of adults in Nevada and the United States. The Health District works with community partners on policy initiatives, offers smoking cessation and tobacco prevention resources and more at www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.

Health District staff and partners presented the Health Rankings finding for Clark County at a webinar today. The agency is committed to working with the community to use data and information from sources such as the County Rankings to enhance and improve programs, services and policies that are vital to building a healthy community. The full presentation and webinar are available on the Health District website.

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.

St. Rose Dominican Welcomes 2024 Medical Residents

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Diverse group from around the globe comprise new class of 12 doctors-in-training

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently welcomed the twelve 2024 medical school graduates who successfully matched with our Graduate Medical Education Internal Medicine Residency Program. These dozen new doctors-in-training comprise the second-ever Dignity Health Residency class in southern Nevada and take the next step in their careers the next three years of their medical training under our staff’s supervision.

An Important Step: Match Day is a pivotal day in the graduate medical education community as it is the day on which the National Resident Matching Program releases the eagerly awaited results of all the applicants who have applied for residency or fellowship training positions in the U.S. It is an important day for medical students. Securing a residency position is key in securing one’s future career. Match Day occurs on the third Friday of March each year and is marked with ceremonies at many of the more than 150 medical schools in the United States. At precisely 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time, medical students across the nation simultaneously learn where they matched.

A Match with St. Rose: The twelve doctors who comprise the second class of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Residents and will spend the next three years studying in southern Nevada are:

Humza Asif, DO
Touro University Nevada
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Las Vegas

Paulina Awuah, DO
Touro University Nevada
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Las Vegas

Vicki Belleus, MD
St. George’s University
School of Medicine, Grenada
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Benjamin Chuang, MD
Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Hometown: San Diego

Akash Dadlani, MD
Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA

Hilary Daniel, MD
All Saints University School of Medicine, Dominica
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Emily Heinsen, DO
Rocky Vista University
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Colorado
Hometown: Brandon, MS

Dilraj Kaur, DO
Touro University California
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Dinuba, CA

Hyunsoo Kim, MD
Yonsei University
College of Medicine, South Korea
Hometown: Colleyville, TX

Jorge Perez, MD
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Facultad de Medicina Guadalajara, Mexico
Hometown: Fontana, CA

Tuong Pham, DO
New York Institute of Technology
College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York
Hometown: Jonesboro, AR

Charles Daniel Uy, MD
Cebu Doctors University
College of Medicine, Philippines
Hometown: Las Vegas

Dr. Kimberly Bates, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, says the St. Rose Dominican GME team has been preparing for this day for months and is excited to welcome this second class of Residents and begin their studies in June.

“Like our first class last year, this is a new group of outstanding student doctors who will create a wonderfully diverse class of resident physicians,” said Dr. Bates. “They represent exactly what we hoped for and we are incredibly eager to meet them in person.”

Primary Care: Within the Internal Medicine Program, four Residents will follow a Primary Care track, emphasizing an area of particular need in southern Nevada.

“The number one key indicator of healthy communities is the number of primary care physicians in that community.” said Dr. Bates. “Nevada is unfortunately lacking in that area and we hope our program can begin to address that need. The entire job of a Primary Care physician is to manage a person’s health for life. To have the ability to see a patient, diagnose, and treat them before something requires more advanced care. I am excited to see young doctors ready to embody that mission, embracing the challenge and commitment.”

Residents will perform their clinic hours in medical offices in the North Las Vegas Neighborhood Hospital Campus and their Hospital hours at the San Martin Campus working with St. Rose affiliated subspecialty faculty.

Improving health care in Nevada: Residencies are an important element in improving health care in Nevada, as they correlate closely with the likelihood that doctors will stay in-state when they begin to practice. Among those who graduate and complete a Residency program in Nevada, nearly 75 percent tend to stay and practice in Nevada.

This year’s class of twelve Internal Medicine Residents brings the total number of in the St. Rose Residency program to 24. Residency is a three-year program. Next year the program will add twelve more new doctors, bringing the program to its full capacity of 36 doctors.

Just the beginning: “We are at the beginning of something very special for both our hospitals and our community,” said Dr. Rod Buzzas, Chief Medical Officer for Siena and St. Rose de Lima Hospitals and Designated Institutional Officer for the GME Program. “As St. Rose continues our journey into the world of teaching hospitals, we fulfill our mission by extending the benefit we bring to our community by educating new physicians and enticing them to stay and practice as doctors here in southern Nevada.”

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican
Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals remains guided by the vision and values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson in 1947. Dignity Health now operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada – the Siena, San Martin, and Rose de Lima Campuses. St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is a member of the Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and more than 400 care centers, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. Dignity Health is a part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system committed to advancing health for all people and dedicated to serving the common good. More than 75 years after the arrival of the original seven Sisters in Henderson, the 4,000 employees of the St. Rose Dominican health system continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, visit http://www.strosehospitals.org.

Dignity Health hospitals in Nevada are supported by the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation, whose mission is to improve community health and wellness through fundraising and relationship building with caring supporters who donate or pledge to fund our work. To learn more, visit supportstrose.org

The Junior League of Las Vegas Hosts 15th Annual Fashion Forward

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Desert Elegance in Color to Benefit CCSD Fashion Program Students

The Junior League of Las Vegas is excited to invite Las Vegas and the surrounding communities to the 15th Annual Fashion Forward event, Desert Elegance In Color, on Saturday, April 6, 2024. This year’s event will take place at Southwest Career & Technical Academy High School, located at 7050 W. Shelbourne Ave in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees can enjoy a VIP reception at 10:00 a.m., followed by the doors opening for the fashion showcase at 11:00 a.m. The fashion show will start at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Fashion Forward is a unique design challenge for Clark County high school students, modeled after the popular TV show Project Runway. This year’s event, Desert Elegance In Color, culminates a two-round design challenge that teaches students about global impact and the 7Rs of Sustainability in Fashion, including rethinking, reducing, reusing, repurposing, repairing, and recycling fashion elements. The program collaborates with CCSD Fashion Teachers and is a distinctive community outreach effort that enriches the education of local design and fashion students.

Approximately 250 students from five schools participated in Round 1 of the competition. Round 1 required students from two categories, Designer and Couture, to recycle and repurpose a garment from denim jeans and a button-up shirt from Goodwill of Southern Nevada, with some utilizing blue fabric from Allegiant Airlines. In Round 2, both Designer and Couture students constructed a full-scale garment utilizing gift cards from Goodwill of Southern Nevada and fabric and uniforms from Designs to reuse and repurpose the collection of textiles, fabrics, and notions to create a design representing the theme, Desert Elegance In Color.

Seventy-five finalists will pass round 2 to present their original designs in the Finale show. The winners will receive valuable prizes like scholarships, internships, sewing machines, and more to support their ongoing fashion training and educational journey.

Fashion Forward is a community event, and any proceeds will support the Junior League of Las Vegas’ mission to impact youth ages 12 and over in education and overall health and wellness within our community. This year, they are focusing on a new initiative: Human Trafficking.

The Junior League of Las Vegas would like to extend its gratitude to the Platinum Sponsors, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Design Collective by Cintas, TV Transport, and CORE Events, as well as the community sponsors and partners – Trade & Fashion Academy Las Vegas, D&R House of Diamonds, Dillard’s at Galleria Mall, B&T Capture & Design, Las Vegas Fashion Council, Boarded Charcuterie Las Vegas, and the NBA Summer League.

This program was founded 15 years ago by one of our Junior League Sustainers, Britta Carlson-Sessums. The Junior League is proud to showcase the hard work that the students have created with the guidance of their fantastic teachers. This event is open to the community; you can purchase tickets by visiting https://www.jllv.org/FF24/.

ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LAS VEGAS 
The Junior League of Las Vegas is a 501(c)(3) Nevada non-profit corporation whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community change through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLLV is focused on positively affecting the metropolitan Las Vegas area through JLLV programs and teaming with agencies throughout Las Vegas to improve the overall level of health, wellness, and education in our community. For more information about JLLV, the community programs we support, and our members, please visit our website at jllv.org. JLLV is a part of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), which consists of 291 Leagues and more than 140,000 members from the USA, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain. For more information, please go to AJLI’s website at ajli.org.

Celena DiLullo Named as Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustee Member

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Nathan Adelson Hospice, the leader in hospice and palliative care in southern Nevada, is proud to announce Celena DiLullo has joined its board of trustees. President of Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries, DiLullo’s knowledge and professionalism in end-of-life grief makes her an asset to the board.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the funeral industry and more than 13 years with Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries, DiLullo is a trusted member of the greater healthcare community and brings compassion, exceptional service and dynamic leadership to the Nathan Adelson Hospice board of trustees, according to Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Karen Rubel.

“We are honored and excited to welcome Celena to our board of trustees,” Rubel said. “Her experience in the industry, compassion for others and great ideas will help further the board’s mission in helping our community.”

DiLullo is involved with several other nonprofits, volunteering her time and support to groups including, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Jewish Nevada, LVMPD foundation, Nevada Donor Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, and the Injured Police Officers Fund.

Additionally, DiLullo serves as a Commissioner on the Nevada Commission for Women, a board member for the Nevada State Board of Funeral Directors, Embalmers and Cemetery Services, a board member of Las Vegas Executives’ Association, a member of Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Golden Monarch Council, and sits on the Executive Women’s Council for the Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine, is the oldest, largest, and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families daily. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is that no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid, or in pain. For more information, visit www.nah.org.

SNHD Marks National Women and Girls HIV AIDS Awareness Day

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March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Public invited to March 11 observance at The Center

The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is commemorating National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Sunday, March 10, a day to support women and girls who are living with HIV while encouraging others to be tested for HIV. Locally, an observance of the day, in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health Consortium, is scheduled for Monday, March 11, from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101. During “It’s Tea Time,” attendees can access information and resources about women and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). In addition, there will be discussions about the following topics:

  • Women and PrEP.
  • Sex, Pleasure, and Hygiene.
  • Personal experiences of living with HIV and being on PrEP.

In Clark County, 77 women and girls had new HIV diagnoses in 2022, compared to 57 in 2021. This reflects a rate of 6.5 new diagnoses per 100,000 in 2022, which was a slight increase from the rate of 4.8 new diagnoses per 100,000 in 2021. On a national level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women accounted for 19 percent (6,999) of the 36,801 new HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2019. Women ages 25 to 34 had the highest number of new HIV diagnoses, and Black/African American women continued to be disproportionately impacted by HIV.

HIV testing gives women and girls an opportunity to learn their status so they can take steps to protect their health and help prevent infection in others. Routine testing is recommended for women who are at a high risk of infection. Free HIV testing is available in the Arlene Cooper Clinic at The Center, Monday through Thursday from 1 – 6 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted.

Additionally, Express HIV Testing is available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Southern Nevada Community Health Center Sexual Health Clinic, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107. Appointments are not required, but clients must be asymptomatic. Additional testing can be done for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Visit the Sexual Health Clinic page on the SNHD website for more information.

SNHD also offers free, at-home HIV tests through its Collect2Protect program. At-home tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea are available for a fee. The kits are available on SNHD’S Collect2Protect page and provide a convenient and private testing option.

Early diagnosis is critical for people with HIV so that they can benefit from antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART reduces HIV levels in the bloodstream, reduces HIV-related illnesses, and lowers the risk of transmitting HIV to intimate partners. With ART, HIV-positive people can remain healthy for many years.

According to the CDC, only 10 percent of women who could benefit from PrEP were prescribed the medication in 2019. PrEP is a medication that can be provided to people who do not have HIV but are at a high risk of infection. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV. For more information about women and PrEP, visit the CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together web page. For additional  information about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit the CDC’s website at National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day | Awareness Days | Resource Library | HIV/AIDS | CDC.

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.

Health District Raises Awareness of Diabetes Epidemic

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Free programs available to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes

The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is calling attention to the seriousness of diabetes while urging people to get tested for the disease and learn about free, self-management programs. More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations and blindness. People with diabetes also face a higher risk of developing serious complications from flu and COVID-19.

An estimated 269,783 people in Nevada, or nearly 11 percent of the adult population, have been diagnosed with diabetes, and an additional 70,000 people have the disease but don’t know it. An estimated 18,749 Nevada residents are newly diagnosed with diabetes every year. The prevalence of diabetes among adults in Clark County is currently 9.8%, equivalent to 234,342 residents. This marks a 15.4% increase in adults with diabetes since 2011.

Throughout the year, SNHD’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers free diabetes self-management, education and support classes. Classes, taught in English and Spanish, are available in person or online. Upcoming classes in English are scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 27, from 2 – 4 p.m. at SNHD’s Main Public Health Center at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107. Classes in Spanish are set for Monday, March 11, and Monday, March 18, from 10 a.m. – noon, at the same location. To register, call (702) 759-1270 or email gethealthy@snhd.org. Fill out the diabetes self-management workshop form to be placed on a waiting list for future diabetes workshops.

Other programs and resources include the Road to Diabetes Prevention, SNHD’s online diabetes prevention program, which is available in English and Spanish at no cost on the Get Healthy Clark County and Viva Saludable websites or by calling (702) 759-1270. Additionally, the Nevada Diabetes Directory, which provides information about classes, prevention, low-cost clinics, specialists and support groups is available in English and Spanish on the Get Healthy Clark County website.

SNHD also offers organized tours of a grocery store to learn about food labels, healthy dietary choices and meal planning. Guided by a registered dietitian, the tours (available only in Spanish) are designed around key departments where shoppers can boost their intake of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, dairy, whole grains and more. The tours are scheduled for March 27 at 5:30 p.m., April 22 at 10 a.m. and May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Marketon Supermarket, 840 N. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (702) 759-1270 or email vivasaludable@snhd.org.

SNHD urges people to  take the  diabetes risk test at 60-Second Risk Test for Type 2 Diabetes| ADA to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For more information on diabetes, including risk factors, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at Diabetes Basics | CDC.

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.