Working Together Toward a Healthier Community


The inaugural Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Conference opens dialogue about building healthier communities.

A healthy community doesn’t begin with treatment when you’re ill at the hospital or a doctor’s office. It’s about prevention, maintenance and utilizing local resources to maintain your health. It starts with you.

With this focus, Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities (TMHC) hosted its inaugural conference Jan. 8 in Reno bringing together local and regional leaders from public, private and non-profit sectors.

During the conference, the Community Health Needs Assessment was unveiled. The document provides additional insight into the health needs of our residents, as well as the social circumstances impacting health in our region

The conference also served as a platform to address local health disparities and begin conversations about how community engagement can improve health and quality of life in Truckee Meadows. Robust discussions and presentations highlighted that good health isn’t just about diet and exercise. It includes many sectors — health, community development, education — working in tandem to improve community health and quality of life. More than 200 attendees heard from national and local speakers regarding building healthier communities and learned successful best practices implemented by other communities.

We chatted with a handful of attendees to find out their reaction to the event, posing the following question: What is the one message you walked away with from today’s Conference?

Here’s what they had to say:



Karen Barsell
CEO and President
United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra

“I feel enthusiasm and hope for a healthier community.”



Heidi Parker
Executive Director
Immunize Nevada

“It’s important to understand that the people in our community have multiple needs to be healthy. We must collaborate to make that happen.”


Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPHDr. Slonim
President and CEO
Renown Health

“We have come to recognize that our work needs to be focused more on delivery of care outside of the hospital. If we are to be successful in improving the health of the county, we need to partner and collaborate with other organizations in the community.”