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Healthy Nevada Focuses on Rural Health

Healthy Nevada Focuses on Rural Health

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.”

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I’m pleased because I don’t have to make a 4 ½-hour drive to get my infusion. It’s great that we can now have the therapy that I needed right here.


I’m very fortunate and so grateful for everything the center does for me. The wait is short and I’m in and out in no time. Without this local service, I couldn’t keep my job. I wouldn’t be able to take care of my family or enjoy my life.

CIS Rural Patient

They monitored me, they took care of me. The infection that was causing the pain began to go away. I can tell you now I’m able to stand on both legs. After the infusion therapy, I was able to resume the activity that I truly enjoy, playing the guitar and exploring the wonders of music.


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