November 2014 | Aurora Health Access Newsletter

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Anschutz 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 the following link.     


Aurora Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an event entitled Destination Health:  Improving Your Bottom Line on Thursday, November 13th at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast.  The event will be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and includes Lunch and Panel Discussion, as well as several Break Out Sessions.  Click here to register and to find out more information.

South Metro Health Alliance is sponsoring an event called Are You Concerned About Your Options? on Saturday, November 15th at Doctors Care, 609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton 80210.  Various workshops on health insurance enrollment, information and education will be held between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Please visit their website for further details on the event.

Metro Community Partners for Health has walk-in clinics providing immediate care at three of their locations.  For addresses and hours, please check out this flyer.



Aurora Welcome Center is hiring an Executive Director for a newly emerging center located in Original Aurora.  Click here for more information.

Aurora Community Connection has a job posting for an Education Programs Coordinator.  Further details on this position can be found here.

Providers Resource Clearinghouse is looking for a Community Membership Liaison.  Find more information on the position here.



Mark your calendars! AHA's next Quarterly Community Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 21st from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at The Medical Center of Aurora.  More details to come.



October Quarterly Community Meeting Review

AHA's October Quarterly Community Meeting was hosted by the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) on Alton Street in Aurora.  Over forty individuals attended and discussion was lively in the lovely APDC Community Room.  Updates were provided on the Bridges to Care and Triage projects, as well as the new Student-Run-Free-Clinic, which is scheduled to open one-day-a-week in January at the Dayton Opportunity Center.  AHA Board Members facilitated small group conversations whereby members were asked to provide input and advice related to issues before the AHA Board.  One of the tasks assigned to these groups was to describe AHA in one or two words.  The most common words suggested were: networking, partnership, collaboration, community voice, resource sharing, relationships, inter-generational engagement, and equity.  AHA's Community and Events Committee will use this input to help create AHA's new guiding principles.

Your Bottom Line:  Lunch and Learn Meeting Review
"Become more knowledgeable about the most personal goods and service you'll ever purchase - your health insurance."  This was advice offered by Tim Gaudette of the Small Business Majority during a "lunch and learn," which AHA sponsored in collaboration with the Aurora Coverage Assistance Network (ACAN) and Aurora Chamber of Commerce.  The workshop was titled, "Your Bottom Line: What the Affordable Care Act Means for Your Small Business." It was attended by 40 individuals representing small businesses, not-for-profits, and community groups.  Tim provided information about improvements to the employer section of the Connect for Health Colorado Exchange, the tax subsidies available to small businesses, and where participants could go for more information or assistance, including certified insurance brokers and agents, several of whom attended and offered additional tips and advice.  For additional information, please check out the Small Business Majority here.


  Meeting with the Governor 


Primary Care Progress (PCP) sponsored an Anschutz Campus roundtable discussion with Governor Hickenlooper and HCPF director Sue Birch on Wednesday Oct 22nd, attended by about 200 people. Dr. Joseph Johnson of PCP, Robert McGranaghan of Community Campus Partnership (CCP)  and AHA Board Chair Rich McLean welcomed the Governor and Ms. Birch to the campus and the Aurora community. The governor expressed support for campus initiatives that build a strong primary care workforce in underserved urban and rural communities.  Key in those initiatives is the positive collaboration between community leaders, campus leaders and activated students brought by PCP, CCP and AHA working together.  

AHA Member Spotlight:
Aurora Community Connection  

The Aurora Community Connection (ACC) family resource center was founded in 2007 to address a gap in services to economically disadvantaged families in north Aurora. The ACC offers 17 different kinds of programs, focusing on increased access to health and education. Woven through all of ACC programs is a commitment to elicit community strengths and engagement in all aspects of the work.  Therefore, the ACC simultaneously promotes family self-sufficiency and mobilizes residents to volunteer their time and skills to help other families.  For more information, please visit our website.  




Health Access, Nutrition and Wellness 

ACC helps uninsured individuals obtain health insurance, including Medicaid, CHP+ or private health insurance; ACC helps families access low-cost health services; ACC provides after-school and summer exercise and nutrition programs; and ACC provides cooking, nutrition and health education classes. Through all of these programs, ACC aims to improve multiple aspects of health through access to resources and information about the role of exercise and nutrition in relation to disease.      


Education Programs for Children and Youth 

The ACC provides one-on-one tutoring to low-income English language learners ages 5-11, twice weekly for 4-12 months a year.  All involved children are below grade level in reading, writing and/or math. The program aims to increase academic skills, academic achievement and school engagement.  ACC also provides a Service Learning/Leadership Development program to teens who volunteer as tutors in this program.   


Early Childhood education (ECE)

ACC provides early childhood education to low-income children ages 2-6, focusing on social and emotional development; becoming familiar with classroom routines; emergent literacy skills; second language acquisition; and learning other foundational concepts, such as numbers, letters and colors. ACC's goal was to increase competencies essential to pre-Kg education.


Resource and Referral Services and Family Development Counseling

ACC staff provide referrals to affordable community resources and guidance as to how to effectively access these resources. These services aim to increase low-income families' access to resources and help individuals and families achieve increased strength and capacity in at least two of the following areas: education, financial management, access to food and housing, parenting skills and healthcare access.  




ACC's Health Coverage Guides (HCG) are currently educating and enrolling individuals and families in the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace (Obamacare) to help them purchase private health insurance. Open enrollment starts November 15th ending February 15th, 2015. If you are interested and want to know if you qualify, please contact any of our Health Coverage Guides at 720-975-0147.


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