Truckee-Meadows-Healthy-Communities1-SmallA healthy community doesn't begin with treatment when you’re ill at the hospital or a doctor’s office. It’s about prevention, maintenance and utilizing local resources to maintain your health. It starts with you.

With this focus, Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities (TMHC) hosted its inaugural conference Jan. 8 in Reno bringing together local and regional leaders from public, private and non-profit sectors.

During the conference, the Community Health Needs Assessment was unveiled. The document provides additional insight into the health needs of our residents, as well as the social circumstances impacting health in our region

The conference also served as a platform to address local health disparities and begin conversations about how community engagement can improve health and quality of life in Truckee Meadows. Robust discussions and presentations highlighted that good health isn’t just about diet and exercise. It includes many sectors — health, community development, education — working in tandem to improve community health and quality of life. More than 200 attendees heard from national and local speakers regarding building healthier communities and learned successful best practices implemented by other communities.

For more information about the conference, visit our health and wellness blog BestMedicineNews.org.