Pashtana Usufzy

Pashtana Usufzy

Pashtana Usufzy is a freelance general features and health reporter based in Las Vegas. She previously worked as a health care reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and prior to that as a local news reporter at the Las Vegas Sun.

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Nevada’s health exchange makes leap to own platform

By: - September 24, 2019

Heather Korbulic, executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (SSHIX), doesn’t wait for the question she knows is coming. Korbulic has led the agency overseeing Nevada’s health insurance marketplace since 2016, and when asked about its history, she quickly brings up the failed attempt to create a state-based enrollment platform. That’s particularly notable […]


Syringe exchange expanding programs, outreach across Nevada

By: - September 17, 2019

It’s about 2 p.m. on a Friday, an hour before closing time, and soon a stream of clients will try to squeeze into the lobby of Trac-B Exchange, the first storefront syringe exchange in Southern Nevada. Dan, a 46-year-old Las Vegan who declined to provide his last name for privacy reasons, knows other heroin users […]

congress. sigh.

Community health centers urge Congress to act amid renewed funding uncertainty

By: - September 12, 2019

Roxana Valeton Perez, chief executive officer of First Person Care Clinic, has grand plans for her nonprofit organization. First Person, a community health center, offers primary care services including vaccinations and dental care in underserved parts of the Las Vegas Valley. Perez and the team at the center have a long list of growth goals […]

can I get an amen

Bleutech Park keeps mum on location, financial backers

By: - August 29, 2019

Organizers of a high-tech “mini-city” planned for Southern Nevada showed off the project’s integrated technology and burgeoning community support at an event Wednesday but left lingering questions on its location and financial backers. Bleutech Park Las Vegas confirmed it has secured a large piece of land in unincorporated Clark County but won’t release location details […]