Carson Health and Human Services now occupying new headquarters

Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal Jesus Villa, 1 and a half, walks through the waiting room with his mom Reina while waiting for his first immunization at the Carson City Community Health Clinic on Monday. The clinic along with the Carson City Health and Human Services department moved to the 26,000-square-foot building in late December.

Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal Jesus Villa, 1 and a half, walks through the waiting room with his mom Reina while waiting for his first immunization at the Carson City Community Health Clinic on Monday. The clinic along with the Carson City Health and Human Services department moved to the 26,000-square-foot building in late December.

Carson City Health and Human Services and the Carson City Community Health Clinic are now at 900 E. Long St.

Personnel moved to the 26,000-square-foot former Carson-Tahoe Hospital rehabilitation center site in late December.

"We're relieved," said Daren Winkelman, the city's health director, of the move. "It's a beautiful building."

The two-story building is south of the Senior Citizens Center and west of Autumn Village, apartments for lower-income seniors.

About two dozen employees with Health and Human Services, and the Health Services Clinic, occupy the bottom floor.

The shared space will allow residents easier access to these city services. If someone visits the clinic and also has another problem the city can help with, the person can be directed to an employee working nearby who handles that function, he said.

Family planning, well-baby checks, pregnancy testing, immunizations and reproductive health screenings are among services offered at the health clinic, which is operated by a contractor.

It's been three years since the Carson City Board of Health was formed. Its members include city supervisors, the sheriff and a health officer.

Being able to offer more of a one-stop location to residents has been a longtime goal of the board and other city officials. The concept of public health is to proactively work toward making people healthier and protecting them against disease, Winkelman emphasized.

Responsibilities of Health and Human Services include environmental health, code enforcement, epidemiology, parking enforcement, public health preparedness, and the women, children and infants program.

Residents are invited to an open house Feb. 16 at the group's new headquarters. It's an opportunity for people to see the new building and learn more about what the division does, Winkelman added.

The Community Counseling Center, formerly known as the Detox Center, is on the upper floor of the building. It moved in last year from its former location north of the city jail.

Another part of Health and Human Services, Animal Control, remains at 3770 Butti Way.

• Contact reporter Terri Harber at tharber @nevadaappeal.com or 882-2111, ext. 215.

Clinic information

For information about Carson City Health and Human Services and its various programs:

Call: 887-2190

Visit: www.carson-city.nv.us/Index.aspx?page=375

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