May 2014 | Aurora Health Access Newsletter

Aurora Health Access


The Aurora Health Mental Center is offering Mental Health and First Aid classes to adults and youth.  For more information or to register call 303-617-2313 or visit

Registration is now open for the Arapahoe County Pregnancy-related Depression Lunch & Learn.  Join us on June 24th at 11:00 am at the Medical Center of Aurora  for an informative presentation post delivery.  Space is limited and lunch will be provided.  For more information call Vicki Swarr at 303-225-6209 or Chris Rubino at 720-974-9637.  To register by June 19th,  visit

Children's Hospital Colorado is hosting a Legislative Lowdown for those interested in learning what happened at the Capitol this legislative session.  The event will be held May 13th from 12-1 pm in the Mt. Yale second floor conference center.  For questions, please call Erika Zierke at 720-777-6253. To RSVP, please visit

The Burma Community Rangers
(part of the Colorado African Organization) need your vote to win $25,000.  Follow these steps to vote:
1.  Open
2.  Pick the state of Colorado.
3.  Choose the project "Mission Impossible."
4.  Choose that you want all of your daily votes (per 24 hours) to go to this project.
Share with friends and colleagues.
Please contact Meg Allen at with questions.


2040 Partners for Health is currently recruiting community residents for its Community Council.  If you, or someone you know, wants to make a difference in issues of health and social determinants, check out our website for an application.  Community engagement and leadership training is included.  Monthly meetings required.  For more information please visit

Aurora Strong Resilience Center is currently looking for a Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapist.  If you are interested, please call Annette Hunter at  720-429-3591.



Based on input from our members, AHA is forming Interest Groups to explore AHA's role in Mental/Behavioral Health Access, Oral Health Access, and Health Equity in Aurora.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Katie Odom at

Mark your calendars!  AHA's next Quarterly Community Meeting will be held July 16th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  Location to be determined. 


(Photos from the AHA Quarterly Meeting, April 2014)  





Thank you to everyone who attended our annual community meeting on April 16th. Students from the Colorado School of Public Health presented their findings on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Northwest Aurora, and the availability of specialty care in Northwest Aurora. Our regular meeting was followed by an opportunity for networking, with food graciously provided Gabby Cardwell from InnovAge and Abderr Aityahia from The Market at Westerly Creek.  


The forty-seven participants provided us with valuable input regarding who they represent and why they participate in AHA meetings. Most said they were there to learn more about health and health access issues, and to provide input to AHA. We will use this information to plan our future gatherings. We also asked for input regarding areas of focus for AHA work groups, while the participants generated a list of fourteen options.  The most popular groups were health equity, mental/behavioral health, wellness and preventive care, and immigrant health. We will use this input to guide our priorities and activities.  We will keep members informed through our newsletters and community meetings.  We encourage members who indicated an interest in those topics to join us!

Rich McLean, AHA Board Chair 





AHA Member Spotlight:
2040 Partners for Health  

The mission of 2040 Partners for Health is to advance the health and healthcare of community residents for the long term by convening and facilitating health discussions, research, programs and other community based action, using Community-Based Participatory Research and Action principles, through a collaboration with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Stapleton Foundation and five neighborhoods including East Montclair, Park Hill, Northeast Park Hill, Northwest Aurora, and Stapleton.

2040 Partners for Health is looking for a Grants and Program Manager.  This position is responsible for managing the business development efforts for the organization including research, outreach and networking with funders and potential grant partners, identifying and monitoring funding opportunities and writing grants including technical and financial components.  In addition, this person will manage some specific grant programs for the organization which will include administrative and budget oversight, as well as managing implementation and evaluation of program components.  The is a part-time position requiring 20 hours per week and includes a monthly supplement for benefits, as well as vacation time.  For more information or to apply, please visit

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