Carson City, NV - April 29, 2021
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s proposal to create a State Public Health Resource Office house in the Division of Public and Behavioral Health was introduced in the Nevada State Senate.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deficiencies in the critical role public health preparedness plays in responding to public health and medical emergencies,” said Gov. Sisolak. “Nevada’s public health systems require meaningful transformation to respond to the State’s evolving preparedness and delivery needs so that Nevada can continue our recovery efforts and build a stronger, more resilient public health infrastructure."
Senate Bill 424 will establish a Public Health Resource Office in the Department of Health and Human Services under the Division of Public and Behavioral Health and will be charged with identifying opportunities for improved coordination, state infrastructure needs, federal funding opportunities, and improve public health delivery systems throughout the State.
The Public Health Resource Office will analyze existing infrastructure to identify and make recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services as to unmet needs, opportunities for federal and private grant funding, and improved coordination between providers of public health services.