Carson City, NV - October 18, 2018
Richard Whitley, Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, today announced that Misty Vaughan Allen, Nevada’s Office of Suicide Prevention Coordinator, was named one of the 50 most influential people in health care in 2018 by Time Magazine. “Misty’s dedication and compassion for individuals in crisis has transformed suicide prevention efforts in Nevada,” said Whitley. “Suicide rates are up all across the country with the exception of Nevada where the rate has fallen. Misty works tirelessly to develop strong partnerships focused on common goals and I am proud of her accomplishments.”
Vaughan Allen and her team’s success in building relationships with community partners, including nurses, gun retailers and others, has curbed Nevada’s historically high suicide rate. “Nevada has often relied on developing strong partnerships supporting grass roots efforts,” Vaughan Allen said. “It is an honor and privilege to be selected by Time Magazine for the efforts Nevada has made to move suicide rates in a positive and healthy direction.”
Time Magazine chose the list by looking at the American health care system that has been plagued for decades by major problems and then highlighting people whose extraordinary innovations and ideas have changed the system. Vaughan Allen is among the first on the annual list that also includes Bill and Melinda Gates.
“Misty’s ability to develop and promote innovative strategies for reducing risk of suicide statewide deserves recognition,” said Dr. Stephanie Woodard, Senior Advisor on Behavioral Health for the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health Bureau of Behavioral Health, Prevention, and Wellness. “She has unparalleled commitment to reducing suicide, addressing stigma, inspiring communities and healthcare providers, and providing compassionate support to those impacted by suicide. We are fortunate to have her leadership.”
The mission of the Office of Suicide Prevention is to reduce the rates of suicide and suicidal acts in Nevada through statewide collaborative efforts to develop, implement and evaluate a state strategy which advances the goals and objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
For more information about the Office of Suicide Prevention go to: http://suicideprevention.nv.gov/