Dr. Tony Slonim To Give TEDx Talk About Healthy Nevada Project


Renown Health President and CEO Tony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, will be presenting at the February TEDx event in Reno. His topic: The Healthy Nevada Project.

At TEDxUniversityofNevada, you can hear about the latest “big ideas” from speakers and performers. For the second time, Renown’s President and CEO, Dr. Tony Slonim, will be sharing a “big idea” from our health network, and this time it’s one that is changing the health landscape in Nevada – and how we are looking to change health nationwide.

The TEDx event takes place starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The event features Dr. Slonim along with other speakers and performers from around the country. It’s a day of deep thought, exciting new ideas and community networking.

For his talk, Dr. Slonim discuss the difference between health and healthcare, and how the Healthy Nevada Project is the epitome of that idea. With 35,000 Nevadans embracing this idea, Slonim will talk about his hopes for that number to grow as we help to create a Healthy USA.

Healthy Nevada Project employees will also be there to test those who are interested.

Seating is limited for the TEDx event. General admission is $89, and a group sale discount is available for groups of 10 or more. Student tickets cost $25 and are also available for purchase at the Wolf Shop on the UNR campus. Learn more at its ticket site or main website.

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  1. "Healthy Guts to Save our Society" a talk on why we should be reevaluating our food system and its impacts on overall health and ability to thrive. We can't be healthy unless we find a spiritual connection and understanding of the food we consume, in turn, both our human and earth ecosystems will be healthy.
  2. My "Big Idea" for a TEDx Talk is "Care for the Caregiver". This would focus around the fact that Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.] Most of this Care is provided to family members with chronic illness such as Cancer and Alzheimer’s. I would also focus on the fact that the resources are few and hard to find in order to take care of the Caregivers that are providing unpaid and untrained care and how this leads the Family Caregiver to have both physical and mental illness. This cycle of Caregiver “burnout” must stop where Caregiver with the lack of resources become physically and mental ill and no longer able to provide care for their loved one and through awareness and collaboration from all the medical and non-profit community we can put an end to non-ending cycle of “caregiver burnout”.
  3. My "Big Idea" for a TedX Talk is "It Takes a Village". It centers around our community and Access to Healthcare. After writing a 19 page paper for my Master's program Community Health class and working in Home Health for the past 15 years, I see a huge disparity. Renown has shown ourselves to be at the forefront of the solution for this problem with the Telehealth program, Virtual Visits, collaboration with other community resources such as REMSA, ACS, and UBER Medical. We also are looking at a collaborative program with SCP for Home Health one time visits for high risk patients in the community for a social needs assessment and medication reconciliation to assist those patients with accessing available resources and keeping their medical team apprised of those needs.
  4. To Attend TEDx talk Heavy is not healthy - my goal is find a way to be successful in adopting a diet and being able to combat daily environment, society and life and come out with a change that lasts.
  5. Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and access to appropriate levels of care highlight the importance of Telehealth/Telemedicine with virtual visits to decrease wait-time, cost, insurance reimbursement models, and allow our community members, both rural and urban, to live the healthiest and most productive lives possible. Telehealth is important across the age continuum. Additionally, the Telemedicine model utilization of both the REMSA Community Paramedice Program and Community Health Workers (CHW) would allow for timely in-home appointments with follow-ups as medically necessary.
  6. My "Big Idea" is the implementation of block chain technologies not only for patient information but for provider information. This would enable providers to work in multiple states and provide hands on care or tele-health services without delays. This providers immediate care to patients as well as reimbursement for the hospital/provider.