September 2014 | Aurora Health Access Newsletter

Aurora Health Access


The City of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space is hosting a public open house on Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm at North Middle School gymnasium (12095 Montview Blvd., Aurora 80010). Click on the following link for further information Sand Creek Public Open House Flyer.

The City of Aurora's Citizen's Advisory Committee on Housing and Community Development
will hold a public meeting Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30 pm at the Martin Luther King Library (9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora 80010).  For further information, click on the following flyer Notice of Public Hearing.

CU Anshutz Medical Campus is throwing its 2nd Annual Block Party Friday, September 12th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Bonfils Circle (in front of Building 500).  For further information, please visit

St. Pius X Catholic Parish is hosting the Family 9 Health Fair Saturday, September 13th from 7:00 am-12:00 pm (13670 E. 13th Pl, Aurora, CO 80011). For further information, please visit  

Arapahoe House
is holding its Fifth Annual Luncheon with Key Note Speaker Drew Pinsky.  The luncheon will be held Thursday, September 18th at 12:00 pm in the Seawall Grand Ballroom at the DCPA, (1101 13th Street, Denver). For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved is hosting its annual luncheon Tuesday, September 23rd from 11:00-1:00 pm at the Space Gallery (400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver). For further information, please visit   


The Northeast Community Co-op Market is currently conducting a membership drive with the intention of establishing a community co-op market in Northeast Aurora.  The market will include a diverse selection of local and sustainable products.  They need 1,000-2,000 members to be viable.  Membership is a one-time $200 fee.  For further information, please visit  




Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council is hiring SafeCare Colorado Home Visitors in Centennial, CO.  Several positions, from part-time to full-time, are available ranging in salary from $17.00-$19.00 (depending on qualifications).  Apply by September 6th.  Click on the following document for further details ACECC Job Description.




Mark your calendars! AHA's next Quarterly Community Meeting will be held October 15th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.  The location for this meeting is yet to be determined.


from the Executive Director

Close-up Of Man Cleaning The Floor With Yellow Wet Floor Sign

I've been here six months now, so I thought I would give you quick update of all the behind-the-scenes activities going on with AHA. We have been busy!

As you might remember, AHA received a three-year grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to "formalize operations."  This has meant that a great deal of our work has been related to "housekeeping" activities like developing internal guidelines to determine which workgroups should be sustained; when AHA will write Letters of Support, and how we will make decisions as a board; what spending authority an Executive Director should have and who should represent AHA on various councils, where AHA's funding should come and how we elect new board members. (I think perhaps the board members are starting to second-guess their decision to ever hire an Executive Director!) For those of you who have gone through a similar process with your organizations, you know this "housekeeping" isn't always fun.

The Board is "dusting off" the existing five workgroups to decide which ones have the board leadership, staffing capacity, member interest, and mission-match to be continued. Based on input we received from you during the April Quarterly Community Meeting, we are starting an Oral Health Interest Group, which might evolve into a new workgroup. We are coordinating with South Metro Health Alliance and Tri-County Health in this effort. We are also exploring whether AHA should be more engaged in senior issues.

AHA has also been engaged in the Health Equity Advocacy Planning process, funded by The Colorado Trust. This has given us an incredible opportunity to work with new partners such as Boomers Leading Change in Health, and ClinicNet; as well as "old" partners like Together Colorado and the
Asian Pacific Development Center. The planning phase is ending this month, and our Implementation Plan is due September 30th.  Wish us luck, only 19 of the 38 grantees will be funded.

To help with all these "chores," we're getting close to hiring our Admin/Communications Support person! AHA is partnering with 2040 Partners for Health, who was also seeking a part-time admin support person, to create a full-time position. We interviewed candidates last week and are close to making a decision.

We're looking for new places to hold our Quarterly Community Meetings. You might have noticed we've been squeezed in pretty tightly at the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, and it's difficult to reserve enough adjoining rooms at the MLK Library. A few partners have stepped up to offer space - the Medical Center of Aurora, Kaiser, City of Aurora, and the Asian Pacific Development Center.  What would you think about moving our Quarterly Meetings around to different facilitates in Aurora? Please let me know.

So this is what AHA has been up to. I'm not sure where we'll be yet, but I look forward to taking off my "housekeeping" apron and seeing you all on October 15th.


Denise Denton

Executive Director   

Aurora Health Access  


AHA Member Spotlight:
Innovage PACE Program

Chambers PACE Center:  Helping Aurora Seniors Age In-Place

Each day 65,000 people turn 65 in the United States.....and Aurora Colorado is seeing its fair-share of growth in our senior market. Senior care decisions are never easy, especially when a full range of complex issues need to be addressed with multiple services. But what if you could address all of them with just one decision? A decision that results in an all-inclusive coordinated senior care and support plan that includes healthcare, in-home services and social opportunities. A plan that could help you live as independently as possible in your home, for as long as possible. The Innovage Greater Colorado PACE (Program of All-inclusive care for the Elderly) may be an option for you.

The Chambers PACE Center in Aurora is part of the InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE program - an innovative system of care designed to meet the needs of individuals who need and qualify for nursing home-level care but want to continue to live in their communities. PACE is a national Medicare program for older adults and those over age 55 living with disabilities. Through our Health and Day Centers, we provide and coordinate senior healthcare, offer day center programing and home care support.

The Chambers PACE program is located at 3551 N. Chambers Road and we are proud to offer many services that are designed to help our seniors age well, including:

  • Primary and specialty medical care
  • Dental, vision, hearing and foot care
  • Prescription medicines
  • Medical equipment and supplies as needed
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Social services and family support
  • Hospital, emergency care and nursing home stays
  • Day Center Services
  • Home care services
  • Transportation to the center and medical appointments

What does PACE cost? If you are a Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary, there is no co-pay or cost (the only exception is if the individual lives in or moves to supportive housing such as assisted living or nursing home, in which case there is a co-pay to that facility. ) If you are a Medicare beneficiary only, you pay the Medicaid portion and Medicare Part D. If you do not have Medicare or Medicaid Coverage, you pay the self-pay rate. InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE offers Medicaid counseling, assistance and re-determinations to help make the program easier to understand and use. We have enrollment specialists that will be happy to meet with you in your home. 

Still have questions? Call us at 1-855-487-6768 to get your questions answered. You can also find us online at


To schedule a private tour, please contact our PACE Center in Aurora, at 303-375-0649, or email Gabrielle Cardwell at


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