Nevada Community Health Worker Association (NvCHWA)

Vision

The Community Health Worker Association’s Vision is a recognized, integrated, and unified Community Health Worker profession improving community wellness in Nevada.

Mission

The Community Health Worker Association’s mission is to unify, strengthen, and grow the presence of a diverse, collaborative network of Community Health Workers and Community Health Worker employers in Nevada by providing advocacy, promotion, education, support, and professional development opportunities focused on increasing access to health care and social services, and improving community wellness.

Meet the Team:

Day to Day Operations
Quinn Cartwright, MPH, NvCHWA Project Manager

Quinn has been building the Nevada Community Health Worker Association since it’s inception on June 13th, 2016. Quinn has always had an interest in community health, leading her to get a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2016. Quinn is passionate about the work Community Health Workers do and hopes to not only demonstrate their unique ability to decrease health disparities and improve health outcomes in Nevada, but to advocate for the utilization and integration of CHWs in a variety of settings across the state.

Cody Wagner, NvCHWA CHW Coordinator

Cody is brand new to working with Community Health Workers but excited about the opportunities that working with the NvCHWA present. Cody graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2012. He spent six years working in foam insulation manufacturing and stepped away from that in 2017 to pursue more community- and educational-based work. In his free time, Cody runs two small companies, chairs the Fernley Community Foundation, works with the Upward Bound program at UNR, serves on the Fernley Planning Commission, and coaches high school football and basketball.

Board of Directors

The NvCHWA is guided by a group of 9 volunteer board members who represent a variety of settings including clinical, community, rural, and educational settings. Several of our board members are CHWs allowing us to get a broad perspective on how to move the association forward to most benefit CHWs and CHW employers in Nevada.

  1. Aidee Flores
    • Aidee Flores Fernandez has served as a Community Education Program Specialist for Community Health at Dignity Health St Rose Dominican for nine years. She is fluent in Spanish and has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the National University. She is also the Coordinator for the Nevada Network of Promotoras and the Project Coordinator for the Nevada Quality and Technical Assistance Center. Aidee is focused on delivering evidenced based lifestyle change programs to the Las Vegas community at large and aims to include diversity in all that she does while also working to expand these opportunities statewide.
  2. Jose Chinas
    • [Coming Soon!]
  3. June Hunter, MPH
    • June Hunter, MPH is currently a Health Systems Manager in Primary Care at the American Cancer Society in Reno, Nevada. June’s primary role is to increase cancer screening rates through the application of evidenced-based strategies. June’s work reaches a variety of health systems including Nevada’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, state and regional health departments, quality improvement organizations, and community-based organizations.
      Formerly, June served as the Program Director of Clinical/Community Systems Cancer Prevention Unit at the Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health. Programs included Nevada Breast and Cervical Screening Early Detection Program, Colorectal Cancer Screening Program and Comprehensive Cancer Program. Previously, June worked for over 25 years’ in the private sector serving as the Director of Regulatory Compliance to the FDA for blood products and licensing.
      June is a public health professional, earning her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Science. June is active in her community and serves on multiple cancer prevention and community-based organizations.
  4. Karla Banda
    • [Coming Soon!]
  5. Monica DeBrest
    • [Coming Soon!]
  6. Nicole McDowell
    • Nicole is currently the Program Director at the TMCC Workforce Development and Community Education Department where she oversees educational courses and their instructors, manages finances, and oversees the courses and their instructors. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Bachelor’s of Art in Social Science from California State University.
  7. Sherimae Rittgers
    • Sherimae is a long time resident of the Las Vegas Valley and enjoys living in the diverse community.  She has worked for Nevada Health Centers, a nonprofit community-driven organization, for 4 years as a Patient Services Educator. Her responsibilities include managing the eligibility and enrollment process, training front office team members, and supporting other facets of non-clinical operations. Her background is also comprised of working as a Retail manager where she oversaw store operations for 10 years.  Her passion for service led her to currently work towards a degree in Healthcare Administration and Management at Colorado State University.  She actively serves as a volunteer for Little League in Henderson where two of her three sons play baseball.  She loves the state of Nevada for its rich access to nature around every corner!
  8. Stacy Smith
    • [Coming Soon!]
  9. Steven Messinger
    • Steve is the Policy Manager at the Nevada Primary Care Association serving the state’s Community Health Centers. He works on federal and state legislation and advocacy, as well as statutory and regulatory analysis. He received his BA in Political Science and Economics and MS in Economics from UNR.

Partners and Sponsors

The NvCHWA would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors for their generous support of the organization and projects supporting CHWs in Nevada.