NEVADA, Mo. — A Southwest Missouri non-profit is tackling both physical and mental health issues.
Why is healthy Nevada choosing to focus on rural health?
Innovators of the organization saw a need to classify issues within the town, and work with partnering groups to address them.
Carol Branham, Healthy Nevada Board President, said, “The goal was to bring the community together partners, networking, and really break down silos, so we can really address the issues of health around our community.”
Healthy Nevada started in 2012 as a non-profit seeking to change the physical and mental health issues that residents faced in the area.
“We were a pilot program to do some research and things on health and to look to see if a small, rural community could look at different programming and ways and educational awareness to really change individuals lives.
Alyson Harder, Healthy Nevada Lead Strategist, said, “We started really focusing on the concept of what are called physical health days and having good physical health days or poor physical health days, reducing, and quality mental health days, which are days where you feel better more days than you don’t. We’re starting to measure obesity levels. We were starting to review and look at the concept of Diabetes and the response of Diabetes.”