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 HealthyNV.org.