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Prevention Task Force


GOAL: Prevent cancer by reducing exposure to risk factors.

NCC's cancer prevention-focused collaboratives bring together partners working to decrease the number of preventable cancers in Nevada through policy, systems and environmental changes that serve to protect people in workplaces, homes and schools, and increase educational awareness about lifestyle choices that can help prevent cancer.

Prevention Objectives: 

  • Increase completion of the HPV vaccination series among Nevada youth. 
  • Decrease adult and youth smoking/vaping; decreasing youth initiation of smoking/vaping; decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke. Details are outlined in the 2019 - 2023 Nevada Tobacco Control Plan. 
  • Reduce the obesity rate in children and maintaining the obesity rate in adults.
  • Decrease exposure to elevated levels of radon.
  • Reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

Staff Lead:

Lily Helzer, Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Programs Manager

Meeting Schedule:

  • HPV Collaborative
    • February 8, 2024, 9-10 a.m.
    • May 9, 2024, 9-10 a.m.
    • August 8, 2024, 9-10 a.m.
    • November 14, 2024, 9-10 a.m.
  • Lung Cancer Collaborative (covers prevention and early detection aspects) meets quarterly from 8:30 - 10 a.m.
    • February 14, 2024, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • May 8, 2024, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • August 14, 2024, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • November 13, 2024, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Collaborative Resources:

HPV Collaborative Resources

Lung Cancer Collaborative Resources


  • In 2015, an early iteration of the task force helped to launch Sun Smart Nevada and Sun Sun Smart Schools, a statewide skin cancer prevention and sun safety program.
  • In 2019 the task force worked for passage of SB 159 in the Nevada Legislature requiring a sun safety policy for schools and districts, allowing for sunscreen and sun protective clothing and sunglasses in schools, and skin cancer prevention education.
  • In August 2021 the task force succeeded in securing sun safety policies from all 17 school districts in the state.
  • Supported successful tobacco and vape prevention efforts including:
    • $1 per pack tax increase on combustible cigarette sales in 2015.
    • Legislation adding e-cigarettes/vapes to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act and taxing and regulating such products in 2019.
    • Funding for youth anti-vaping education campaigns in 2019 and 2021.

Members & Organizations:

AIM at Melanoma
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Clark County School District - Student Health Services
Deb Harris
Dr. James Harris - Western Surgical Group
Immunize Nevada
Nevada Food Security and Wellness Program
Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition
Reno Sparks Indian Colony
Skin Cancer and Dermatology Institute
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine - Students
Washoe County School District - Student Health Services

American Academy of Pediatrics - Nevada Chapter
Breanna Taylor - Nevada Department of Education
Brittany Henroid - Dental Hygienist
Community Health Alliance
Dignity Health, St. Rose Dominican
Dr. Karen Klove
NDPBH, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Section
Nevada Primary Care Association
Northern Nevada HOPES
Reno-Sparks NAACP
Stacey Escalante, Skin Cancer Prevention Advocate
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine - Students
William Barth, Sun Safety Advocate

American Cancer Society
Bria Hoiser
Carson Tahoe Health
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Douglas County School District - Student Health Services
Elko County School District - Student Health Services
Nevada Central Cancer Registry
Nevada Radon Education Program
Renown Health
University Medical Center Southern Nevada
Washoe County Health District