July 2014 | Aurora Health Access Newsletter

Aurora Health Access


South Metro Health Alliance, Doctor's Care and Boomers Leading Change in Health are co-sponsoring an event entitled
There's more to health care than health coverage. 
The event will be held Monday, July 7th from 12-1:15pm at Doctor's Care located at 609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120.  Light Lunch Provided.  For more information, please visit
http://southmetrohealthalliance.org/meetings.html or email Katie Creedon kcreedon@blich.org. 
Aurora Mental Health Center is offering free Mental First Aid classes for adults and kids, July 18th from 8:00-5:00pm, no lunch provided.  For further information and for the registration link, visit http://www.aumhc.org/events.html

Aurora Strong Resilience Center offers free yoga classes Tuesday nights at 5:30 pm.  For further information, please visit http://720recovery.com/home.html.

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is offering Access to Care Grants to provide dental care to underserved/limited access children.  Online letters of intent must be submitted by August 18th.  For further information and and to access grant guidelines, please visit http://www.aapd.org/foundation/

Aurora Strong Resilience Center has partnered with Aurora Health Medical Center to host several information sessions in July and August regarding how traumatic events can change us and our community.   Refreshments provided and babysitting can be arranged.  For further information, please click on the following link AuMHC Community Support Information Sessions.

Tri-County Health Department, working with middle, high school and University of Colorado students along with community members, sponsored the first Health and Produce Fair on Friday June 27 at St. Therese Catholic Church. Over 250 local families showed up (over 550 people) to talk with health and social service workers, get health screenings and learn about healthy diets. Each family got a bag of fresh produce to take home. The next Health and Produce Fair will be at St. Therese, 1243 Kingston, Aurora, 80010 on Friday, July 25th from 9:00-11:00am. If you'd like to volunteer (it's fun!) contact Rich McLean at 303-884-6751.





Mark your calendars! AHA's next Quarterly Community Meeting will be held July 16th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.  Note the location for this meeting will be in the Akron and Clinton Meeting Rooms at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010.  Presentations will include the following:

Val Purser, Director of Community Mobilization for South Metro Health Alliance
     She will discuss her organization and what they do for 
     Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Natalie Trombly, Program Manager for Integrated Care for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network
     She will discuss the Senior Reach program which is looking
     to expand into Arapahoe County.




AHA's Adult Access Workgroup members have been involved in an innovative project to increase access to care in north Aurora.  Primary Care Progress is taking the lead, laying the groundwork for a free clinic to service uninsured patients in Original Aurora.  This is a joint campus-community venture aiming to provide high-quality, comprehensive, patient-centered primary care to the dynamic, multicultural communities surrounding the Anschutz Medical Campus. The venture will be based at the Fields Foundation community hub, with students across disciplines providing care supervised by Anschutz faculty and residents.   


Such collaboration will allow all students meaningful exposure to self-declared areas of interest in health care, enriched by local and national experts in health care innovation and access. This student-run clinic offers Anschutz trainees excellent learning opportunities in community care, humanism in medicine, leadership, health access and systems, and quality improvement. It creates joint community action between trainees, faculty, and Original Aurora residents to strengthen our bonds and share our respective knowledge.   



  • Increase interdisciplinary clinical service learning between professionals and students  
  • Expose students to an innovative PCMH practice environment early in their education to foster a comprehensive understanding of health care delivery and bolstering supply to meet the rising demand
  • Provide Aurora residents and Anschutz sutdents a forum to share lives and communities
  • Foster mentorship between primary care faculty and health professional students
  • Work with community-based organizations to provide adult health care access to Original Aurora residents
  • Achieve the goals outlined in the UCH Community Health Needs Assessment 2013 Implementation Plan    

The project is currently providing skills workshops, completing renovations, building networks and finalizing key partnerships.  The projected clinic start date is November 2014.  


For more information, please visit     doctors2.jpg

AHA Member Spotlight:
Metro Community Provider Network

Metro Community Provider Network
It all began with a mission- to respond to the primary health care needs of individuals in suburban Denver.  In 2014, as MCPN celebrates 25 years of service excellence, there are 23 health center locations across Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, and Park counties that serve nearly 40,000 patients annually.  With over 300 employees, MCPN has grown into a large, integrated healthcare delivery system providing primary medical care, dental care, pharmacies, behavioral health care, and other wraparound services and supports.


MCPN's mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual...every touch, every time. MCPN has one of the largest population bases of any Community Health Center in the State and strives to provide personalized, culturally sensitive, and compassionate care to all of its patients, regardless of age, race, gender, or ability to pay for services. 


MCPN provides case management and health education programs in all health centers and each of the centers provides limited pharmacy and lab support, as well as the ability to arrange services through referrals via the Customer Care Center. MCPN's staff proactively helps patients through the application processes for insurance benefits programs like Medicaid and the CHP+. Clinical initiatives focus on diabetes, asthma, immunization, cardiovascular disease, and women's health.  MCPN participates in multiple chronic disease management and patient navigation programs in the fields of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular healthcare.


MCPN is here for you today, and in the days to come, with a commitment to educate, empower, and provide excellent health services for all.  We take to heart this commitment to view patients as partners in healthcare, allowing them to have a voice in their health.

  If you or someone you know is looking for 
  compassionate care, please call 303-360-6276 
  or visit
www.mcpn.org.  If you'd like to become a
  partner in care, consider giving a contribution


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