Despite snow, 47 people participated in AHA's Quarterly Meeting on January 21st. The Medical Center of Aurora hosted the meeting and provided a lovely, large meeting room. Tanya Filtz, TMCA's Clinical Nurse Coordinator, offered a warm welcome. During the Community Announcements, numerous participants shared information about upcoming events including 2040's Health Summit on March 7th, a new non-emergent transport company being formed called Aurora Green Cab, and the community wellness weight-loss program offered by Weigh and WinRepresentative Su Ryden encouraged everyone to add their invaluable voice to this legislative session.


Bridget Lindemood, 2-1-1 Call Center Supervisor provided a moving, educational overview of the call center and the resources available on the web or at the other end of a phone line.  She challenged participants to help improve and strengthen the Aurora-based information and asked everyone to check the 2-1-1 Colorado website to ensure that their own organization's information is up-to-date. 


Michael Tapp, Division Director of Crisis Services for Aurora Mental Health Center, provided an overview of how Community Crisis Connection and Colorado Crisis Services are working together to serve Aurora.



Colorado School of Public Health student, Erin Bomberger, offered an overview of the assessment conducted by a group of students on AHA's behalf. The full report is available on AHA's website in the Data, Resources, and Reports section under Question #7.


Participants were encouraged to sign up for AHA's Work Groups to collaborate on shared topics of interest.  The Adult Access Work Group is starting a task force that will examine access to specialty care services.  The Seniors' Circle is a network focused on the needs of and resources available for seniors in Aurora.  They are planning an Community Educational Forum on senior issues later this year. If you would like to be part of either of these groups, or any other AHA Work Group, contact us at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org.  



AHA has revitalized the Pediatric Access Work Group.  For the past two years, this group has been co-chaired by Dr. Steven Poole of Colorado Children's Hospital and Maisha Pollard of the Fields Foundation.  After two years as co-chair, Steven has asked Ellen Steiner, Policy Coordinator of Children's Hospital, to take his place.  "I'm not going anywhere."  Steven promised, "I'll still serve on the Work Group, but I just want to keep my focus on the fun things - helping make and keeping kids healthy."  The Pediatric Work Group is planning a second Kids Convening in early May 2015.  This event will be similar to the first gathering held in January 2013 and will focus on what we can do to make Aurora a healthier place for kids. Anyone wanting to participate in the Work Group is invited to attend the next meeting on Monday, February 2nd from 8:30 to 10:00.  Contact admin@aurorahealthaccess.org for more information.



February 2, 20158:30-10:00Children's HospitalPediatric Access Work Group
February 6, 20159:30-11:00Aurora Resilience CenterAdult Access Work Group
February 12, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience CenterAHA Board Meeting
March 12, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience CenterAHA Board Meeting
April 2, 201510:00-3:00TBDSeniors Community Educational Forum
April 3, 20159:30-11:00Aurora Resilience CenterAdult Access Work Group
April 15, 20152:00-4:30TBDAHA Quarterly Meeting
May 11, 2015 (tentative)9:00-12:00Children's Hospital2015 Kids Convening

Community News

2040 Health Summit: Understanding and Nurturing the MindBody Connection

The Sixth Annual 2040 Community Health Summit is coming soon!  Mark your calendars and register now for this great community event on Saturday, March 7, 2015,
from 8:30-3:30 at the Denver School of the Arts at 7111 E. Montview Blvd. (On the NW Corner of Montview and Quebec.) There will be at least 25 exhibitors and a great line-up of keynote and breakout speakers focused on all the different ways we can understand and nurture the MindBody connection. You can click here to register now or go to  www.2040partnersforhealth.com for more information.

Rose are Red...Last Chance Enrollment

FREE enrollment assistance in Medicaid and Affordable Healthcare, Saturday, February 24, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Aurora Resilience Center, 1298 Peoria Street, Aurora, CO, 80111. 

See the attached flyer for more information.

AHA Poetry Contest

To promote ACAN's enrollment event (mentioned above), AHA is sponsoring a poetry contest!  The winner will receive a box of Valentine chocolates and a $50 Target gift card.  Deadline is 2/14/2015. 

Here's a sample submission from Denise:  

Flowers are nice; Chocolates are sweet; but having health coverage is really a treat!

Submit your entry today by going to our FaceBook page , and posting under the Poetry announcement.
Bridges to Care:  2015 Graduation Celebration!


Join us for a graduation celebration for the Bridges to Care participants on Febraury 4th, 2015, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm at The Summit Conference and Event Center. This event will include information on the "hotspotters" model and the importance of the Bridges to Care program in the Aurora community.  The event is hosted by Metro Community Provider Network, with opening remarks by Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Jackson and featuring keynote speaker and hotspotting expert Jeffrey Brenner, MD.  There is much more detailed information in the attached brochure.

Mark Your Calendars -- Get the News Out: Free Dental Days!

GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY - Friday, February 6, 2015! Give Kids a Smile Day is a day of free education and treatment for KIDS organized by the Colorado Dental Association every February. This event occurs at multiple locations, so please click here to access all the information.

Summerbrook Dental has a free dental day coming up on February 21, 2015.  
(cleanings, fillings, teeth pulling, but no major repairs).  Call ahead for times!

Summerbrook Dental
14991 E. Hampden Ave., Suite 370
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 693-1215


The South Metro Health Alliance (SMHA) is an alliance of healthcare providers, community-based organizations and individuals serving the underserved population in Arapahoe & Douglas counties of Colorado. Our mission is to unite the community for better access to health care for all.


Convene - we host stakeholder and public convenings on critical healthcare issues that affect our community.

Collaborate - we collaborate on local projects with our Partners & Members to affect health outcomes.

Connect - we connect our Partners & Members with each other and with the community to help them achieve their respective missions, as well as that of SMHA.

Communicate - we effectively communicate relevant information and education to our Partners, Members and community by electronic, print and in-person methods.

Consult consulting services include administration and marketing for outreach projects, meeting and event-planning, social media, communication, and much more.

Get involved! Join us at www.smhaco.org



AHA envisions a community where all residents have an opportunity for health. 

AHA works collaboratively to improve access to care and create a healthier Aurora.

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