Churchill County Manager Jim Barbee and Sen. Jacky Rosen traveled to an area near Fallon that will be used for additional housing.
U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., who is running for her second term, visited Churchill County Thursday to highlight efforts to address some of the top issues for Nevadans in rural communities.
Rosen said she is interested in rectifying the medical provider shortage and increasing affordable housing.
The senator from Las Vegas first toured Western Nevada College’s Fallon nursing campus to hear how $2.3 million in funding for critical upgrades is helping expand and renovate training space for local nurses.
Rosen then met with local leaders in Churchill County to hear about the housing challenges in the area and discuss her efforts to help expand access to affordable housing.
“Access to affordable housing and quality medical care are critical for the continued growth and success of communities all across our state,” Rosen said. “Unfortunately, hardworking families in rural Nevada have been disproportionately impacted by the lack of affordable housing and a dire shortage of medical professionals.”
Rosen said she learned how these issues are impacting Churchill County, and she discussed her efforts to help secure funding to support the nursing workforce in Fallon and expand access to housing in Nevada.
Earlier this year, she introduced a package of bills to address the shortage of doctors and dentists across the country. Among the introduced bills are the Medical Student Education Authorize Act to expand the Medical Student Education Program that helps support graduate education for physicians in states with the most severe primary care provider shortages.