Indian Colony Works with Renown at Urban Roots to Curb Diabetes


First-hand learning combined with healthy choices is the equation for success for members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. In a community partnership with Renown, the Indian Colony visited Urban Roots to bring a greater awareness of diabetes risks to their residents.

Diabetes is the No. 1 chronic condition impacting members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. In order to help with the cause: a field trip to the Urban Teaching Farm. In a community partnership with Renown, this visit is another step in a plan to curb diabetes among the Colony’s members.

Renown has formed a community partnership with the Indian Colony-Fresh Food Farmacy. Children who attended the event worked with Urban Roots Education Director Kim Daniels on a type of scavenger hunt to find vegetables and also to help our Renown Community Culinary & Wellness Manager, Chris Wyatt, make a nutritious smoothie.

Indian Colony Impacts Their Own Health

“You can talk about healthy food and science, and all those things all you want to, but kids only get a certain level of understanding with that,” says Daniels. “Being in a place like the Urban Teaching Farm lets them see it first-hand and taste it.”

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“The partnership has been a blessing,” says Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Diabetes Manager and Tribal Health Center Dietician Stacy Briscoe. “Knowing where your food comes from and also knowing what great healthy choices are is a basic skill that we want kids to know.”

For Fiscal Year ’19, Renown invested more than $1 million locally through strategic community partnership. This is outlined in the Community Health Needs Plan. The I.M.P.A.C.T. Health video series, which begins here, will highlight the community partners in this plan. I.M.P.A.C.T. stands for Improve, Measure, Provide, Advance, Collaborate and Transform. We support local groups with programs that improve and prevent negative health outcomes in chronic disease, nutrition, weight, physical activity, mental health and also substance abuse. 

A Plan to Improve the Health of Our Community

Renown Health supports local organizations in improving the health of Washoe County residents and also neighboring communities. Our 2018-2021 Community Benefit Plan provides an overview of goals, projects and partnerships.

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