The University of Nevada School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, is the first institution in the state to offer medical outreach and education to Nevada residents affected by atmospheric nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site from 1951-1962. These aboveground nuclear weapons tests released radioactive substances into the air. As a result, Nevadans living or working in downwind communities and employees at the Test Site were exposed to harmful radioactive materials.
Studies show that people exposed to radiation may be at higher risk for developing cancer. Regular screenings are an effective way to manage the increased risk. [Click here for more information about screenings]
To be eligible for the screening, Nevadans must have direct ties to aboveground nuclear testing, whether through working at the test site or having lived or worked in a downwind community. [Click here for more information about eligibility]
The Nevada RESEP Program was established to:
1. Identify and locate former Nevada Test Site workers and people who were physically present downwind of the site and who were exposed to radiation from aboveground nuclear testing.
2. Provide medical screening to facilitate early detection and treatment of cancer and other health hazards associated with radiation.
3. Provide medical referral services to facilitate access to treatment.
4. Educate the public on radiation induced illnesses - including cancer. [Click here for more information about community outreach and
5. Assist eligible citizens to access the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. [Click here for more information about these services]
Under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (passed by Congress in 1990), people directly affected by federal nuclear weapons testing may be eligible for up to $100,000 in compensation. However, navigating the bureaucracy to access those funds can be quite confusing. For that reason, the Nevada RESEP Program provides assistance. [Click here for more information about the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act]
Since 2005, the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine has received grant funding awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to administer the Nevada Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP).
Our goal is to reach every person in the state of Nevada who was directly connected with aboveground nuclear testing. We offer education on risks related to radiation exposure and provide medical screenings for early detection of cancer and other health hazards associated with radiation exposure.