Health

The Lincy Institute identifies best practices to expand health care services and sustain healthy communities throughout Southern Nevada. Through collaboration with public and private sectors, the development and expansion of educational health care programs, and advocacy for health policy, our researchers support access and quality health care for all members of our community.

Nevada consistently ranks in the bottom half of health indices in the United States. Southern Nevada, as the epicenter of the state, has one of the fastest growing most diverse populations in the United States. The Lincy Institute continuously seeks to improve the health outcomes in southern Nevada by focusing on three areas simultaneously.

Lincy Health Programs Strategic Goals

Access to Health Care

In 2011, Brookings SRI report on economic development for Nevada documented that southern Nevada was missing over 66% of its health care infrastructure with a dearth of medical professionals in every area but plastic surgery (Muro, Lang, & Yeung, 2011). Since then, The Lincy Institute has employed a symphony of strategies to improve access to healthcare in order to reduce health disparities and improve the overall health of the region. The accomplishments include the development the new UNLV School Medicine, establishing the first Clark County incorporated Federally Qualified Health Care Center (FQHC) and supporting legislation that reduces the time for all health care providers to get state licensure.

Building a Stronger Public Health Infrastructure

Improving health outcomes in southern Nevada includes creating educational opportunities that help expand health and wellness knowledge and encourage positive health behaviors in southern Nevada. The Lincy Institute continues to work collaboratively with local community organizations that support health care, behavioral intervention and actively addressing specific challenges presented in the region. The accomplishment include regionalized efforts that include Southern Nevada Strong, health Communities and Choice Community in the City of North Las Vegas.

Achieving Health Equity

The uniqueness of the region and the large diversity in the southern Nevada population has created the perfect opportunity for The Lincy Institute to support regional and local activities focused creating health equity by addressing systemic, cultural and regional challenges that contribute to health disparities. Providing content expertise on cultural competency, health disparities, behavioral health and supporting creating new external funding streams into the region to support efforts to eliminate health disparities. This includes working with all municipalities and community based organizations that seek to increase their capacity to meet the needs of the residents. The accomplishments include improved data and evaluation of programs in southern Nevada, submission of over $25million in novel grant funding and providing presentations at local, regional and national conferences and meetings that support the continued efforts to build Public Health infrastructure in southern Nevada.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs at UNLV

The Lincy Institute supports the university’s commitment to increase participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge required to expand Nevada’s STEM-capable workforce. The Institute endorses the belief that STEM education will fuel the pipeline for future health professionals in this region. In partnership with the Office of Diversity Initiatives at UNLV, The Lincy Institute will serve as a link between the university and the community to increase collaborative research and help to identify potential funding opportunities that support STEM education.

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Past

2018

  • THE UNLV SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: RETHINKING GOVERNANCE, PLANNING, AND ECONOMIC IMPACT The Lincy Institute Colloquium Series, No. 2 Breakfast Reception: 8:30 - 9:00 AM  |   Scheduled Event: 9:00 - 11:15 AM The launch of the UNLV...

  • Lesley Dickson, MD, FAPM, LFAPA, will present on “Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.” She attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where she also completed a residency in psychiatry. She is...

  • Learn about UNLV's graduate certificate in Addiction Studies and undergraduate minor in Addiction Treatment, Nevada licensing requirements for alcohol, drug, and gambling counselors, and careers in our local community....

  • Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS, Foundation for Recovery, will present on the history of opioid addiction and recovery in the US in her presentation entitled, “We Do Recover!” Peer recovery support services models and fighting stigma...

  • Dr. Chia-Liang Dai will speak on a marathon training program for addiction recovery among people who participate in a residential recovery program and homeless services. This program emphasizes the important role physical...

  • Learn about UNLV's graduate certificate in Addiction Studies and undergraduate minor in Addiction Treatment, Nevada licensing requirements for alcohol, drug, and gambling counselors, and careers in our local community....

  • As the opioid crisis devastates more and more communities in Nevada, the country, and the world, the William S. Boyd School of Law will bring together leading experts to address key questions: What do we know about the...

2016

2015

  • The Las Vegas Sun spent several months exploring community challenges created by lack of treatment for children with mental health problems. The Las Vegas Sun spoke with parents and siblings, educators, doctors, judges,...

  • The Lincy Institute and the UNLV Mental and Behavioral Health Coalition invite you to attend The Integrated Health Care Workshop with keynote speaker, Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...

2014

  • On September 29, 2014, The Lincy Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) hosted a forum for the Southern Nevada community "Valuing a UNLV Medical School." The forum detailed the significant economic and...

2013

  • "Closing the Gap: The Case for an Allopathic Medical School in Southern Nevada"

  • Call for Collaborations Community Capacity-Building Planning Awards  Information Sessions will on July 29, 7-10:30 a.m. & September 4, 4:30-6 p.m., at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension...

  • Call for Collaborations Community Capacity-Building Planning Awards  Information Sessions will on July 29, 9-10:30 a.m. & September 4, 4:30-6 p.m., at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension...

  • Members of the UNLV community are invited to attend a summit to discuss how Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute are reframing public policy issues in Nevada. Please join us to learn more about our ongoing...

  • Please join the Office of Diversity Initiatives as it marks Women's History Month with a forum discussion moderated by Dr. Marya Shegog, Director of Health Programs, The Lincy Institute. The discussion will be on healthcare...

2012

  • "Nevada for Health Communities: Building Systems to Integrate Community Development and Health" As the connections between health and community development become increasingly apparent, foundations, health institutions,...