Nevada gets its first public health resource officer


CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) – Allison Genco takes over as Nevada’s first public health resource officer on April 11.

The 2021 Nevada Legislature created the position. The work involves analyzing Nevada’s public health infrastructure and making recommendations to address unmet needs, find funding opportunities through federal and private grants, and improve coordination among public health service providers. Governor Steve Sisolak’s office said in a statement.

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

Genco received his Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a major in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno. She teaches grant writing for NUR’s graduate program and serves on the board of directors for the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Nevada Public Health Association.

“I am thrilled that Allison will continue her service to the state in this role,” Sisolak said in a statement. “Throughout COVID-19, we have seen areas where we can build a stronger and more resilient public health infrastructure and Allison will be instrumental in bringing partners to the table to better understand our state’s needs, the funding opportunities we can tap into and how to better serve Nevadans in all parts of the state.

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