Partners for a Healthy Nevada

Southern Nevada's Obesity Prevention Coalition

Formed in 2006, Partners for a Healthy Nevada (PHN) is Southern Nevada’s official obesity prevention coalition. The coalition offers networking, information sharing, and advocacy opportunities for all members as well as a chance to support community projects and activities that encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Membership is free and open to any organization or individual that has an interest in obesity prevention.

2021 Meeting Calendar

18 November

Obesity Prevention Coalition Meeting

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

For more information, contact

Nicole W. Bungum
(702) 759-1270

Partners for a Healthy Nevada

Community Impact

1. Community Outreach

Each year, Partners for a Healthy Nevada (PHN) participates in and supports at least one community event to share resources and information with and engage the community on obesity-related topics. PHN has also organized and sponsored educational presentations for public health professionals and the public on obesity-related topics.

2. Community Speakers Bureau

The purpose of the PHN Speakers Bureau is to provide education and outreach on the topics of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. The Speakers Bureau includes a full directory of PHN members available to share their expertise with the community.

PHN speakers come from many different areas of professional expertise. Their presentations are available to community groups and organizations free of charge.

Please contact your desired speaker directly to schedule a presentation. Availability may vary, so it’s best to contact speakers at least one month in advance of your event. Speakers are available to address groups of 15 or more people

Avila, Heather
Chief Operating Officer
Weight Watchers of Las Vegas, Inc.
3038S Durango Dr. #100
Las Vegas, NV 89117
702-432-6683 ext. 304

Area of Expertise: Healthy Eating/ Obesity Prevention/ Behavior Modification

Ayala, Carlos
Health Educator
Southern Nevada Health District
Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
280 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107

Area of Expertise: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Youth and Early Childhood Education

Barber, Brianna
Executive Director
YMCA of Southern Nevada
3521 North Durango Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129

Area of Expertise: Health and Wellness, Aquatics, Youth & Family Programming, Senior Adult Wellness, Cancer Survivorship, Diabetes Prevention and Chronic Disease Management Programming

Bosen, Darwin Founder, Trainer and Instructor
T.R.Y Trauma Recovery Yoga
702-727-7182 or 702-409-7903 or

Area of Expertise: Providing yoga-based somatic therapies to individuals who’ve suffered trauma or live in crisis to help alleviate the effects of trauma; Providing self-care workshops to help mitigate burnout and compassion fatigue and providing self-regulation training for health-care professionals, caregivers, and those providing social services.

Buffington, Aurora MS, RDN, LD
Faculty Instructor
University of Nevada, Cooperative Extension
8050 Paradise Road, Ste. 101
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Area of Expertise: Public Health Nutrition, Food Systems

Bungum, Nicole MS, CHES
Southern Nevada Health District
Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
280 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 759-1270

Area of Expertise: Community Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

Bungum, Tim DrPH
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
School of Community Health
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453064
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3050
(702) 895-4986

Area of Expertise: Physical Activity Behavior and Determinants, Epidemiology, Pedestrian Safety

Byrne, Ciara
Green Our Planet
6795 Edmond St.
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Area of Expertise: School Gardens, STEAM Education

Enders, Jessica, RD
Children’s Heart Center
3006 S. Maryland Parkway, Ste. 515
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Area of Expertise: Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs; Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition

Feliz-Barrows, Donna
Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition

Expertise: Community outreach, minority health and equity

Haboush-Deloye, Amanda, PhD
Associate Director and Director of Programs for PCANV
UNLV Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy
702-895-1040 (Main) 702-895-5908 (Direct)

Area of Expertise: Childhood obesity, eating disorders, mental health, child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse

Howell, Deborah

Area of Expertise: Licensed Physical Therapist, health education, youth empowerment, healthy lifestyle education

Lindsay, Anne, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
8050 Paradise Rd., Suite 101
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Area of Expertise: Physical activity across the lifespan, Early childhood obesity prevention, health, weight, eating and body issues for young women, Substance abuse and health for women and young girls

Mazzullo, Natalie, MEd
Sanford Center for Aging/UNR Extension

Expertise: Healthy Aging

Meacham, Mindy, BS, CHES
Health Educator II
Southern Nevada Health District
Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
280 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107

Expertise: Community Physical Activity Programs

Melendrez, Jose
UNLV School of Public Health
Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition

Expertise: Minority Health, Health Equity, Community Partnerships

Rucker, Will, MA
Chronic Disease Self-Management Leader, Tobacco Cessation Trainer, Life Coach
Winning With Will – Speaking and Coaching Services

Area of Expertise: Body, Mind, Spirit Connection; Goal Setting and Planning, Mindfulness, Meditation, General Holistic Wellness, Smoking Cessation and Nicotine Dependence

Schnitzer, Allison, RD, LD
Health Educator II
Southern Nevada Health District
Office of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
280 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 759-1270

Areas of Expertise: Nutrition, food systems, healthy vending, nutrition standards, food access, school wellness

Wiener, Valerie, MA, MA
Former State Senator, Author
(702) 221-0068

Area of Expertise: Childhood Obesity Legislation and Policy, Advocacy, Communications

Woodson, DeVonté
Greater Youth Sports Association

Area of Expertise: Physical activity, Exercise Benefits/Research, Youth Empowerment, Sports

3. Advocacy Efforts

One of PHN’s primary goals is to “advocate for state, local, and national policy and environmental changes that support physical activity and healthy eating.” PHN and our members have been and are currently involved in a variety of advocacy efforts to make our community a healthier place to live. On occasion, PHN members form separate work groups to support specific obesity-related topics and issues including BMI data collection and school wellness. To see the current list of advocacy priorities, view the PHN Obesity White Paper or visit the Resources page.

Advocacy Resources

4. PHN School Wellness Taskforce

The School Wellness Taskforce is comprised of PHN coalition members and other organizations that work to promote school wellness and provide health and wellness programs to schools. A major focus of the group is to support full implementation of the CCSD Wellness Policy (R-5157) in local schools. The taskforce recently transitioned from PHN to the University of Nevada Extension. UNR-E schedules and facilitates taskforce meetings.  The taskforce is open to any coalition member with an interest in school wellness.


For more information, contact Stacey Simmons at