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Last Updated: 09/05/14 12:07:28 PM

Bureau of Health Statistics, Planning, and Response (HSPR)

 Chad Westom, Bureau Chief

4150 Technology Way, Suite 200

Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 684-4155

HSPR Office Manager
(775) 684-5948

Contact Information

Certificate of Need:

(775) 684-4041

Emergency Medical Systems (EMS)

(775) 687-7590 or (775) 687-7597 or (775) 687-7592

Health Planning and Primary Care Office

(775) 684-4041 or (775) 685-4047

HMO Certificate of Authority

(775) 684-4041

Conrad 30/J-1 Physician Visa Waiver

(775) 684-4047 or (775) 684-4041

Medical Marijuana Program

(775) 687-7594

Office of Vital Records

(775) 684-4242

Public Health Preparedness

(775) 684-5948 or (775) 684-4029

Radiation Control Program (775) 687-7550 or (702) 486-5280
Trauma Registry (775) 684-5986

Bureau Overview

The Bureau of Health, Statistics, Planning, and Response (HSPR), collects and analyzes data relative to the health status of Nevadans; responds to requests for technical assistance related to health planning and health resources; examines the availability, accessibility, cost, and quality of healthcare for use in State health policy development; advises the State Board of Health on Certificate of Authority applications and regulatory issues relating to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs); reviews and processes Certificate of Need  (CON) inquiries and applications and advises the Department of Health & Human Services Director on CON decisions; operates the State Trauma Registry and the Sentinel Events Registry; operates the Nevada Central Cancer Registry; provides for the registration and permanent custodianship of birth and death records in the state, including all legal corrections and amendments; maintains databases on marriages, divorces, and abortions occurring within the state; and through its Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology collects, analyzes and warehouses data in order to produce and distribute statistical information for research and policy decision making for public and private agencies within the state and nationally.

Emergency Medical Systems (EMS)  (Click Here) 

The mission of the Emergency Medical Systems Program is to promote and support a system that provides prompt, efficient and appropriate emergency medical care, ambulance transportation and trauma care to the people of Nevada.

Health Planning and Primary Care Office  (Click Here)

Health Planning performs the following:  reviews HMO applications for licensure or expanded service areas to determine quality, availability and accessibility to healthcare services, and monitors certain HMO activities on a routine basis; reviews and processes Certificate of Need applications from healthcare facilities and recommends approval or disapproval to the Director of the Department of Health & Human Services; and provides health data and technical assistance to public and private entities, statewide and nationally, and to the general public regarding healthcare resources, utilization data, demographic and health status information, health planning information, healthcare policy and Nevada’s status toward the Healthy People 2010 objectives of the federal government.

Conrad 30/J-1 Physician Visa Waiver (Click Here)

J-1 physicians are international medical graduates who have been given a J-1 Visa to complete a medical residency or fellowship in the U.S. A stipulation of the J-1 Visa is that upon completion of training, the physicians must return to their home country for two years. This requirement is “waived” under the Conrad 30 program, named for Senator Kent Conrad who sponsored the bill to help address the shortage of healthcare professionals throughout the U.S. The physician must be willing to work in a shortage area, in a position for which recruitment of a U.S. physician has been unsuccessful. This federal program allocates 30 slots to each state, per year, with up to 10 “flex” slots available outside of designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), provided other program requirements are met. A popular method for linking J-1 physicians with employers is the 3Rnet website operated by a non-profit organization that helps place healthcare professionals in rural and underserved areas all over the country.

Medical Marijuana Program  (Click Here

The mission of this program is: 1. to assist Nevadans diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition as defined in NRS 453A.050, and seeking a registry identification card for the medical use of marijuana; 2. to regulate and oversee the licensing and operation of medical marijuana establishments in the State of Nevada.

Nevada Trauma Registry  (Click Here)

The Nevada State Trauma Registry was established in 1987 to collect data on persons who sustain an acute injury which has the potential of being fatal or producing a major disability.  The data are collected from all hospitals that are licensed to operate in the State of Nevada.  The data are analyzed and used to: measure the public health impact of traumatic injury, including facts related to injury events, severity of injury, and financial burden to the local and state healthcare delivery systems; monitor access to emergency care of patients within the “trauma system” for improved outcomes and use of resources; and identify prevention needs by age group, mechanism of injury, gender, and race/ethnicity. 

The primary users of the State Trauma Registry include participating hospitals, injury prevention groups, researchers, physicians, and program planners.  The Registry is linked with other databases through the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology and also the CODES (Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System) Project with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Trauma Institute.

 Office of Vital Statistics (Click Here)

As the official custodian of the original documents, the Office of Vital Records maintains all birth and death certificates and provides for compilation of mortality and natality rates, trends of disease occurrence, and leading indicators of adverse pregnancy outcomes for Nevada and its 17 counties.  The Office also responds to requests for statistical data from various governmental and private agencies.  Detailed statistics are provided on an annual basis and as requested through the Bureau’s Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology.

Public Health Preparedness (PHP) (Click Here)

Public Health Preparedness (PHP) at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Bureau of Health, Statistics, Planning, and Response (HSPR), has a unique role in public health emergency preparedness and response.   This website is a one-stop preparedness resource center, with consistent, up-to-date information and tips to assist Nevadans prepare for a public health emergency.   

Radiation Control Program (Click Here)

The Division is required to develop and conduct programs for the evaluation of and response to hazards associated with the use of sources of ionizing radiation. The Radiation Control Program, provides the operational activities on behalf of the Division to fulfill this mandate.


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