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Summerlin Report – February 2022

It is my pleasure to bring you news from Roseman University’s Summerlin Campus, home of the College of Medicine. The new year brings a lot of activity on campus as we continue to develop the College of Medicine and launch new initiatives.

Our EMPOWERED program continues to create buzz in our community and beyond. The grant-supported program, which provides support, coordinated services, and resources to pregnant and recently postpartum mothers struggling with opioid use disorder, is serving clients and continuing to build important partnerships with medical and other social service providers in the Las Vegas area. Recently, I, along with the program’s Executive Director, Dr. Andria Peterson, were guests on the Peacock network’s Zerlina show to talk about the need for such programs in Las Vegas and across the country. You can watch the clip here.

Further enhancing its outreach and capabilities, EMPOWERED will soon be supported by the College of Medicine’s GENESIS program, which provides and coordinates home-based healthcare and social services focused on the household. With this support, EMPOWERED and GENESIS will not only help mothers and babies, but will also help their entire household through recovery, stabilization, and resilience. Two community outreach workers have joined GENESIS and are training to begin serving EMPOWERED’s clients in the coming weeks. I am excited to see the results of this partnership in the coming months and years.

In other GENESIS news, the College of Medicine has partnered with talented local artists to design wraps for our fleet of electric vehicles used for community outreach. Last week, nationally renowned local artist Juan Muniz revealed his design at the screening of his new short film. This was a sneak preview of what is to come to make the GENESIS program recognizable in the Las Vegas community. Stay tuned for details of an upcoming official unveiling event planned with the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.

Helping us in our efforts with GENESIS, the College of Medicine recently welcomed Marsha Stevens, MPH to our team. She’s serving as Program Director for GENESIS as well as ASPIRE, our pipeline program focused on engaging and inspiring Las Vegas youth to pursue careers in medicine and other health professions. Also joining the team in support of GENESIS is Daenne Dolce, MBA, BS as Community Outreach Manager for GENESIS. Both Marsha and Daenne are passionate about helping others and are excellent additions to the College of Medicine team.

I’d like to close by thanking everyone in the Las Vegas community with whom we have met to share our vision for medical education in Nevada. We look forward to meeting with more individuals and organizations interested in improving health outcomes for all in our growing communities.

All the best,

Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer, Jr.
Dean, College of Medicine