Located in the Southwest portion of Missouri, Nevada is 90 miles south of Kansas City, Mo., 95 miles north and west of Springfield and 45 miles north of Joplin. Tucked away from the bustling of metropolitan areas, Nevada is strongly positioned for future growth as an economical and safe community to retire or raise a family.
Business is thriving in Nevada. The city serves as a regional hub for government, recreation and industry with the agriculture and manufacturing industries leading the way. Major employers include 3M, Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada R-5 School District, Wal-Mart Supercenter and Murphy Family Ventures. The W.F. Norman Corporation, which opened for business in 1898, remains the only manufacturer of metal ceilings left in the U.S.
The Nevada Regional Medical Center provides same-day surgery (including orthopedics), inpatient care with an Intensive Care Unit, family-centered maternity care, inpatient and outpatient Behavioral Health Services and more. The city also has private-practice physician offices, an urgent care clinic and behavioral health services. Additionally, the Vernon County Health Department offers the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program, the SMILE Clinic (which provides dentistry for underserved children), On My Own, Inc. center for independent living, and many more.
Cited by 417 Magazine as a “Top 10 Best Community to Live In,” Nevada has something for everyone. There are 439 acres of beautiful city parks for exercise and play. A state-of-the-art sports complex provides for year-round fun. The Bushwhacker Museum Heritage Center, Fox Playhouse Theater and Nevada Square provide entertainment and shopping. For those who love the outdoors, thousands of acres of dedicated conservation land surround the city. Plus, Bushwhacker and Stockton lakes are just minutes away.
We know that we must develop and implement programs that are innovative and responsive to the health needs of our rural area. Healthy Nevada Innovation Center will shift from a single agency entity to become an incubator for ideas and a catalyst for systemic change within rural environments. With the incubator, the sharing of ideas and strategies in a cooperative, common space overcomes the barrier of silos and poor connectivity.
• Nutrition/Cooking education
• Vernon County Economic Developer
Disruption of food supply and layoffs of family members is making it difficult to put food on the table, let alone healthful food that can be more expensive than alternatives. As a result, food insecurity has increased. The Farm to Family Food Box program is a cooperative program that serves the elderly and low income families in two housing complexes. We aim to reach more families within the community. Additionally, participants are provided healthy recipes and instruction on preparation.
• Monthly food box delivery
• Monthly food preparation demonstration
• Recipe Cards
We know obesity in children is a powerful predictor of obesity in adulthood. It puts children at greater risk of numerous health problems later in life. Healthy Nevada and its partners are offering a Family-Based Obesity Prevention and Treatment program. Participants in the program are provided skills for meal-planning, establishing routines, and the importance of reinforcement and praise. Families are also provided the Farm to Family Food Box delivery.
• Monthly Food Box Delivery
• Monthly food preparation demonstration and recipe cards
• Weekly family group intervention-treatment
• Weekly biometrics
School Closures related to COVID-19 have impacted millions of students and educators. School districts are treading new territory due to the uncertainty of their future. As a result students, educators, and staff are facing more stress than ever. Some individuals are experiencing grief, loss and high levels of anxiety. To address these issues, Healthy Nevada initiated a School-Based Trauma-Informed program that teaches students, staff, and educators education on stress management and self regulation. The same concepts will be used to develop worksite wellness to apply stress and wellness techniques through employer based wellness strategies.
• Calm rooms in all Vernon County schools
• Creation of a Virtual Calm Room
• Education of students and school staff
• Creation of Core teams
• Community education through banners in businesses as they pertain to stress management and overall wellness