October 2014 | Aurora Health Access Newsletter
COMMUNITY EVENTS South Metro Health Alliance
is taking part in an inaugural event including a free dinner and presentation
Healing Our Youth: Get Educated!
The event will be held Tuesday, October 7th in Centennial, CO 80122. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.southmetrohealthalliance.org/healing.html.
Tri-County Health Department is hosting a FREE series of walking trips in Aurora to promote walking your way to a healthy heart. Upcoming sessions include 10/8 and 10/15 from 11:45-1:00. Meet in the parking lot of Altura Plaza. For further information, contact Clinton Whatley at 303-363-3034 or visit http://walk2connect.com/events/2014-10/.
Connect for Health is hosting a FREE seminar on affordable healthcare at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1243 Kingston, Aurora, CO on October 11th. Free food, childcare and door prizes. Check out this flyer for more information.
Anshutz Medical Campus
is hosting the Family 9 Health Fair
Saturday, November 1st from 8:00 am-1:00 pm (13001 E. 17th Pl., Aurora, CO 80045). For further information, please visit http://www.9healthfair.org/find/find.aspx
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 http://www.northeastco-op.org.
Join Camp Bow Wow and the American Cancer Society for the First Annual Bark for Life of Aurora on Sunday, October 5th at Bicentennial Park. See this flyer for more information.
Mark your calendars! AHA's next Quarterly Community Meeting will be held October 15th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Asian Pacific Development Center, 1537 Alton St. Aurora, 80010, in the Community Room. The center is located in a residential neighborhood, so parking is limited. Plan to park on residential streets. Call ADPC's main office at 303-923-2920 with questions.
AHA's New Vision, Mission and Goals
A community where all residents have an
opportunity for health.
Collaboratively improve access to care and create a healthier Aurora.
Promote health by:
- Increasing access
- Expanding coverage
- Building collaboration
Oral Health Group
On September 24, AHA hosted an Oral Health Planning Group to discuss how we might work together to improve access to oral health services and oral health coverage in Arapahoe County. The meeting was co-sponsored with
South Metro Health Alliance and Tri-County Health Department.
The 17 participants reflected 14 organizations including
ClinicNet, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Metro Dental Society, Doctors Care, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Kids in Need of Dentistry, Oral Health Colorado, and the CU School of Dental Medicine. The participants listed all the current initiatives and efforts with which they were already involved, then discussed whether it would be beneficial to form another separate entity focused on oral health access in Arapahoe County.
The consensus was that it would be best to support current, on-going efforts. AHA will compile and distribute the participant list and meeting notes. We will also work with our health partners to add oral health resources and materials to our website, and explore the feasibility of hosting an Educational Forum in early 2015 to highlight the oral health disparities and the resources in Aurora.
Student-Run Free Clinic
Aurora Health Access, Primary Care Progress and the Fields Foundation have great news! The Aurora Interdisciplinary Student-Run Free Clinic has a full green light to open in January 2015 at the Dayton Opportunity Center at 1445 Dayton Street.
This past month our students have received approval from the Anschutz campus for liability coverage for volunteer primary care faculty providers, obtained financial support from the Schools, and are thrilled to have the enthusiastic support of Anschutz executives for our testing and staffing needs. Dayton Opportunity Center renovations are in full swing and are due to be completed before the end of the year, which means it's time to start thinking about how to join activated students and community members to best serve the community in this dynamic, multi-purpose space! Got ideas? Email Primary Care Progress at PCPColorado@gmail.com to join in the brainstorming.
The Fields Foundation is also ready to launch our hiring process for one RN or MSW and three community health workers for our community-based care coordination infrastructure. Know someone who would be great for the job? Email Joseph Johnson at JDJohnson18@gmail.com for a detailed job description.JD@gmail.comJD
AHA Member Spotlight:
Asian Pacific Development Center
The Asian Pacific
Development Center (APDC)
is a nonprofit providing
culturally appropriate forms of
integrated care to refugees
and immigrants from all over
the world. APDC has been
providing mental and
behavioral healthcare for over
30 years, and has evolved to
become a community center,
providing primary care, adult
education and a myriad of other human services such as youth leadership and after school programs. By taking a holistic care approach, APDC is invested in the total well-being of families as well as the empowerment of the surrounding communities of Denver and Aurora.
For more information on the Asian Pacific Development Center, please visit http://apdc.org.
Aurora Health Access (AHA) is a collaboration of engaged residents, health care providers, and community agencies committed to creating a health care system in Aurora that meets the needs of all residents.