Nevada gets its first public health resource officer

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) — Allison Genco will take over as Nevada’s first female public health official on April 11.

The 2021 Nevada Legislature created the position. Task is to analyze Nevada’s public health infrastructure and make recommendations to address unmet needs, identify opportunities for state and private grant funding, and improve coordination among public health service providers. Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office said in a statement.

Genco most recently worked with the Nevada Governor’s Health Response Team to support the state’s response to COVID-19. She previously served as the Reproductive Health Coordinator at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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 UNR Extended Studies Program and serves on the Northern Nevada Chapter Board of the Nevada Public Health Association.

“I am pleased that Allison will continue to serve the state in this role,” Sisolak said in a statement. “During COVID-19, we’ve seen areas where we can develop stronger, more resilient public health infrastructure, and Allison will be key to bringing partners around the table to address our state’s needs, the funding opportunities we can capitalize on.” , and better understanding serving Nevadans in all regions of the state.”

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