Center is dedicated to continuing its work with the
University of Nevada School of Medicine, School of Public
Health, the Orvis School of Nursing, Sanford Center
for Aging and the Nevada Cooperative Extension Service.
The Center continues to develop additional working and
support relationships with other units of the University
and Community College System, health care organizations,
long-term care facilities, and hospices throughout the
How does the Center help the state?
- Nevadans benefit from the Center's efforts to reduce
unnecessary and burdensome medical treatments with
an emphasis upon quality healthcare.
- A recent general public survey conducted by the
Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno,
indicates that some 66% of Nevadans either do not
have, or do not know about Advance Directives, a measure
adopted by the Legislature in 1977.
- During the past three years, the Center has participated
in over 38 conferences, delivered 329 presentations
statewide addressing end-of-life issues, and has had
coverage from over 140 mass media outlets (TV, radio
- The Center has made presentations to national groups,
including the National Association of Attorneys General,
American College of Health Care Administrators and
the United States Coalition on Aging, Inc.
- The Center provides ethical consultations to individuals,
and health care organizations
- Research conducted by the Center provides valuable
information to legislators and state agencies.
NCEHP is a non-profit organization formed in 1999 through
a $450,000 grant from Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
to the University of Nevada, Reno to improve care at
the end-of-life in Nevada. Since its founding, NCEHP
has worked to support consumers taking control of their
own health care, especially at the end of life. Nevada's
living will was established by the legislature in 1977.
The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care followed
In 1996, former Attorney General Frankie Sue del Papa
created a statewide taskforce to look at ways to improve
care for the dying. Subsequently, NCEHP was formed with
the primary purpose to advance and improve care at the
end of life. These efforts have resulted in Advance
Directive (AD) completion rates of approximately 22%
statewide, according to our recent survey.