Healthy Nevada Project Genetic Testing Returns to HGH August 1

In September 2016, Winnemucca residents helped make history by welcoming a first-of-its-kind, community-based population health study.

Now local residents will have the chance to take part in phase two of this landmark study, which combines clinical, genetic and environmental data with the goal of providing personalized, precision medicine for individuals while improving health statewide.

With phase two, the Healthy Nevada Project has expanded to an additional 40,000 northern Nevadans and will be coming to Humboldt General Hospital from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, to provide genetic testing at no cost to study volunteers.

Residents who are interested in taking part are encouraged to schedule a testing appointment at or by calling 775-982-6914.

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Where: Humboldt General Hospital, Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room, in Winnemucca

Book your appointment at or call 775-982-6914

Study volunteers will take Helix’s DNA saliva test and automatically receive access to the popular Helix-powered ancestry app, Geno 2.0 by National Geographic, and a account that lets them explore additional DNA-powered products on the Helix App store.

If study participants choose to complete a follow-up survey from the Healthy Nevada Project, they will have the chance to pick an additional health and wellness app specific to their individual genetic results.

The Healthy Nevada Project already visited Winnemucca June 21-22 with overwhelming response. Dozens more volunteers are invited to take part August 1. To learn more about the study, when testing is available and to make a testing appointment, follow Healthy Nevada Project on Facebook and Twitter (@HealthyNV) or visit

“From the start, this project has been focused on improving health statewide,” said Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, president and CEO of Renown Health and president of Renown Institute for Health Innovation.

“Healthcare organizations around the country are moving from solely providing care inside hospital walls to improving health outcomes across communities. It starts with health literacy, and this is the largest health literacy project in the country. We are helping people understand their risks and getting involved at the clinical level to help them live healthier lives.”

The project, which was launched jointly by Reno-based Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), has made headlines nationwide and is putting Nevada at the forefront of innovative healthcare.


Renown Institute for Health Innovation is a collaboration between Renown Health - a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California; and the Desert Research Institute - a recognized world leader in investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. Renown IHI research teams are focused on integrating personal healthcare and environmental data with socioeconomic determinants to help Nevada address some of its most complex environmental health problems; while simultaneously expanding the state’s access to leading-edge clinical trials and fostering new connections with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Learn more at