June 1, 2018
In September 2016, northern Nevada made history welcoming a first-of-its-kind, community-based population health study combining clinical, genetic and environmental data with the goal of providing personalized, precision medicine for individuals while improving health statewide. Now in phase two, the Healthy Nevada Project has expanded to an additional 40,000 northern Nevadans and will be coming to Reno City Hall on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to provide genetic testing at no cost to study volunteers.
Video and Photo Opportunity:
What: Healthy Nevada Project
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Entire event will last until 6 p.m.
Where: Reno City Hall - Council Chamber & First Floor, 1 East First St. in Reno Testing: Appointments are encouraged and can be made between 1:30 and 5:15 p.m. Book your appointment at Reno.gov/HealthyNV or call 775-982-6914.
Interviews and Visuals:
  • Remarks from Mayor Hillary Schieve, City of Reno; Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, president and CEO of Renown Health and president of Renown Institute for Health Innovation; and Kristen Averyt, Ph.D., President, Desert Research Institute
  • Study volunteers, including Mayor Schieve, taking Helix’s DNA saliva test
Study volunteers will take Helix’s DNA saliva test and automatically receive access to the popular Helix-powered ancestry app, Geno 2.0 by National Geographic, and a Helix.com account that lets them explore additional DNA-powered products on the Helix App store. If study participants choose to complete a follow-up survey from the Healthy Nevada Project, they will have the chance to pick an additional health and wellness app specific to their individual genetic results.

“A recent study from the American Fitness Index found that Reno is the healthiest city tested in Nevada, but that we’re only in the top 50 nationwide,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “There is a big opportunity for improvement. But we have to know our community’s needs and where we can make strides to combat our health challenges. This testing can help unlock that knowledge.”
“From the start, this project has been focused on improving health statewide,” said Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, president and CEO of Renown Health and president of Renown Institute for Health Innovation (Renown IHI). “Healthcare organizations around the country are moving from solely providing care inside hospital walls to improving health outcomes across communities. It starts with health literacy, and this is the largest health literacy project in the country. We are helping people understand their risks and getting involved at the clinical level to help them live healthier lives.”

This visionary project launched by Reno-based Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has made headlines nationwide and is putting Nevada at the forefront of innovative healthcare. In the years ahead, Renown IHI – a collaboration between Renown and DRI – aspires to offer genetic testing to every Nevadan interested in learning more about their health and genetic profile, and ultimately, drive positive health outcomes statewide. Residents who are interested in taking part in the project are encouraged to learn more about this landmark study and sign up for testing appointments at HealthyNV.org, or call 775-982-6914.


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Stacey Sunday

Public Relations Business Partner
Email: news@renown.org
Phone: 775-691-7308
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