Healthy Nevada Project Goes on the Road to Rural Towns


Do you live in a rural Nevada community — or perhaps you know someone who does? In order to make the Healthy Nevada Project as meaningful as possible, participants are needed in small towns throughout the state. 

Tonopah was among the first rural towns visited by the Healthy Nevada Project team, which plans to make the study available to residents of 10 rural communities.The Healthy Nevada Project, developed by Renown Institute for Health Innovation, is one of the first community-based population health studies in the U.S. Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute are working with Helix to gather 40,000 DNA saliva samples from Nevadans.

What Healthy Nevada Means

Renown IHI Administrator Michele Frankovich says, “For the Healthy Nevada Project, our goals are to marry the data from socioeconomic determinants, clinical outcomes, genetic data information and environmental data information. And our goal is to mirror the genetic makeup of northern Nevada. In order to do that, we need the rurals. Washoe County is only a portion of what Nevada is.”


The Healthy Nevada Project team will be doing more testing in Winnemucca, Elko, Lovelock, Battle Mountain, Hawthorne, Yerington, Fernley, Fallon, Silver Springs, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville.

To make an appointment to take the Helix DNA test in rural Nevada, go to


  1. Hello I participated in the study and received a email that said my sample couldn't be tested. I was asked if I wanted a retest and I replied yes, I've not hear back from the lab, can I just come down to you office and redo the sample there?
    • Hi Dennis, we will want you to receive the re-test kit directly from Helix so that they can accurately connect the sample to your account. They should mail you a replacement kit within 7 days of your reply to them, as long as you have provided them with a good mailing address. If you have any questions about the status of the replacement kit, you can reach the Helix customer support team at 844-211-2070 or via email at Thank you for your question and thank you for participating! Have a great day!
    • Thanks for your question, Dina! The Healthy Nevada pilot project with 23andMe reached 10,000 Nevadans and proved people are excited to know more about themselves. We announced our partner Helix for phase two (link to one of the BestMED articles) of the study which launched in March. Helix has the largest clinical-grade DNA sequencing lab in the world. For phase two, we’re reaching an additional 40,000 Nevadans and will ultimately integrate with clinical care. In order to do this, we needed a vendor that could provide clinically actionable results to enrolled patients and if they choose, their physicians. If you took part in the pilot phase, you can still take part in phase two testing with Helix if you’d like. You can learn more at