Why It Matters: Healthy Nevada Project Helps Individuals and the Community


Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, president and CEO of Renown Health and president of Renown Institute for Health Innovation, discusses the impact of the latest milestone in the Healthy Nevada Project: Notifying participants who are at risk for certain genetic conditions.

The Healthy Nevada Project — our community’s groundbreaking population health study — is now reaching out to study participants who asked to be notified about specific health risks.  The genetic study is led by Renown Institute for Health Innovation (Renown IHI) – a collaboration between Renown and the Desert Research Institute.

We’re focusing on the Centers for Disease Control’s Tier One genetic conditions, which include familial hypercholesterolemia, BRCA and Lynch syndrome. If study volunteers choose, the project will also provide guidance on treatment and testing for potentially at-risk family members.

We’re ensuring the people who get these results get appropriate counseling. They’ll also understand next steps in their healthcare journey and have treatment paradigms organized for them and their physicians. We recognize the importance of them knowing exactly what to do and when.

Healthy Nevada, Healthy Community

The return of results for the Healthy Nevada Project means two things — one for the community, another for the individual. For the community at large, the study helps us better understand the big picture. We’re getting an understanding about the kinds of genetically programmed diseases we have locally and their prevalence. Furthermore, we’re able to ask the question: Are there characteristics in our community that are leading to a higher or lower prevalence of those conditions? And for the individual, the return of those results can be life-changing.

Dr. Anthony Slonim is an innovator and proven leader in healthcare on both the regional and national levels. During his notable career at major healthcare organizations and academic institutions, Dr. Slonim has developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery models focused on improving health within the community. For more Healthy Perspectives, follow Dr. Slonim on Twitter.


  1. Hi Charles, thank you for participating! The email communications you are receiving from Helix are not regarding the Healthy Nevada Project. These communications can be opted out of through your Helix portal if you wish; if you would like some assistance with this process, please feel free to give us a call! There is no required payment associated with any of the reports through the Healthy Nevada Project. We are releasing our initial health reports in the near future as we have only just begun releasing these reports. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 775-982-6914.
  2. Regarding The Healthy Nevada Project. All the email from them has been asking for money for the information they have about me. When do I get the results of my testing. Charles Sances