When you feel sick and needs immediate treatment, or you need more health information to keep you updated, you often go to a place that provides everything you need and ought to know. And that’s where the Southern Nevada Health District falls into.
The Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States serving more than 2.2 million residents, which represents 72 percent of Nevada’s total population. It aims to assess, protect and promote the health, the environment and the well-being of Southern Nevada communities, residents and visitors.
The health district offers services and provides regulatory supervision that impacts the public every day – from food to water, public establishments and businesses.
It also sets the requirements for people to meet if they want to work in such industries as food service and child care.
Created in 1962, the Southern Nevada Health District works to prevent and control nuisances; regulate sanitation and sanitary practices in the interests of the public health; provide for the sanitary protection of water and food supplies; protect and promote the public health generally in the geographical area subject to the jurisdiction of the health district; and improve the quality of health care services for members of minority groups and medically underserved populations.
The health district implements clinical services and various programs on community health and environmental health.
The district’s clinical services are available at several locations throughout the Clark County in Nevada and operate an immunization program that includes both children and adult vaccination services.
The Southern Nevada Health District’s community health programs include emergency medical services and trauma system; epidemiology; disease surveillance; public health informatics; vital records; chronic disease prevention and health promotion; public health preparedness; and the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory.
Its environmental health oversees plan review and inspection programs involving food and beverage establishments, public accommodations, subdivisions, child care facilities, tattoo and body piercing facilities, swimming pools, public water systems, septic and underground storage tanks and solid waste facilities.
Other programs of the Southern Nevada Health District focus on aquatic health, AIDS/HIV prevention, backflow protection, birth and death certificates, child related services and clinics, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and family planning, among other programs and services.
The health district’s clinics focus on adolescent, back-to-school vaccines, childhood lead poisoning screening, family planning, flu vaccine, immunization, kids, sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis treatment and control, and women’s health connection.