Carson City, NV - March 28, 2022
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of the State’s first Public Health Resource Officer, Allison Genco. Her first day in the role will be April 11.
Senate Bill 424, sponsored by Governor Sisolak during the 2021 Session of the Nevada Legislature, created a Public Health Resource Office that is charged with analyzing the existing public health infrastructure of the State and making recommendations related to unmet needs, opportunities for federal and private grant funding, and improved coordination between providers of public health services.
Genco most recently worked with the Governor’s Nevada Health Response team in support of the State’s COVID-19 response. She previously served as Reproductive Health Coordinator with the Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with stakeholders and community partners to increase family planning services statewide.
“I am excited that Allison will continue her service to the state in this role,” said Governor Sisolak. “Throughout COVID-19 we have seen areas where we can develop a stronger, more resilient public health infrastructure and Allison will be key to bringing partners to the table to better understand the needs of our state, funding opportunities we can leverage and how to better serve Nevadans in all regions of the State.”
The Public Health Resource Office will review existing infrastructure to make recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to improve public health delivery systems throughout the State.
“I am honored to be able to serve Nevadans in this new role. The Public Health Resource Office is an incredible opportunity to help build resources and lasting infrastructure to increase public health capacity statewide,” Genco said. “I look forward to working with community partners across Nevada to better serve all our residents.”
Genco received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Sciences with a specialization in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno. She teaches grant writing at the University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies program and sits on the Northern Nevada Chapter Board of the Nevada Public Health Association.