Population health study led by Renown Health and DRI offers genomic testing at no cost
The Fernley Reporter
In September 2016, northern Nevada made history welcoming a first-of-its kind, community-based population health study combining clinical, genetic and environmental data with the goal of providing personalized, precision medicine for individuals while improving health statewide.
For phase two, the Healthy Nevada Project has expanded to an additional 40,000 northern Nevadans and will be coming to Renown Urgent Care in Fernley to provide genetic testing at no cost to study volunteers. Residents who are interested in taking part are encouraged to learn more about this landmark study and sign up for testing appointments at HealthyNV.org or by calling (775) 982-6914.
When: Tuesday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Renown Urgent Care, 1343 Newlands Drive, West Fernley, NV 89408 Book your appointment at HealthyNV.org or call (775) 982-6914
Study volunteers will take Helix’s DNA saliva test and automatically receive access to the popular Helix powered ancestry app, Geno 2.0 by National Geographic, and a Helix.com account that lets them explore additional DNA-powered products on the Helix App store. If study participants choose to complete a follow-up survey from the Healthy Nevada Project, they will have the chance to pick an additional health and wellness app specific to their individual genetic results.
The Healthy Nevada Project has already visited Yerington, Tonopah, Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, and Gardnerville/Minden with overwhelming response. To learn more about the study, when testing is available in your community and to make a testing appointment, follow Healthy Nevada Project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @HealthyNV or visit HealthyNV.org.
“From the start, this project has been focused on improving health statewide,” said Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, president and CEO of Renown Health and president of Renown Institute for Health Innovation (Renown IHI). “Healthcare organizations around the country are moving from solely providing care inside hospital walls to improving health outcomes across communities. It starts with health literacy, and this is the largest health literacy project in the country. We are helping people understand their risks and getting involved at the clinical level to help them live healthier lives.”
This visionary project launched by Reno-based Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has made headlines nationwide and is putting Nevada at the forefront of innovative healthcare. In the years ahead, Renown IHI – a collaboration between Renown and DRI – aspires to offer genetic testing to every Nevadan interested in learning more about their health and genetic profile, and ultimately, drive positive health outcomes statewide.