AHA sponsored the last enrollment event for the 2014/15 period with the Aurora Community Assistance Network (ACAN) at the Aurora Strong Resilience Center on Valentine's Day.  While the official numbers aren't in yet, Enrollment America estimated that over 100 people were served.  We do know that 20 pizzas, which AHA provided for everyone, disappeared right away!  AHA extends heart-felt gratitude to Jesse Lopez and his crew, and the organizations, health guides, and volunteers who made the day such a success.   While the internet connections and websites didn't always work like they were supposed to, the people there worked hard, staying hours after the event ended to help a few more folks get the coverage they needed.


AHA sponsored a poetry contest to help promote the event (and to help distract people who had to wait).  Congratulations to Guillermina McLean of Aurora who submitted the winning entry!  She won a Target gift card and a box of Valentine's chocolates.


Wining Poem:

Escuche, escuche, y ponga atencion

Compre un seguro sin dilacion,

No espere al lunes hagalo ya

Porque el Tio Sam le cobrara

Pagar emergencia es muy costoso

Paque el seguro no sea moroso!


Listen, listen and pay attention.

Buy your insurance without delay.
Can't wait until Monday. Do it now.
Because Uncle Sam will charge you!
Paying the Emergency Department will be very costly.
So buy insurance and don't be a dummy! 


The next Quarterly Community Meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, from 2:00 to 4:30 at the Aurora Mental Health Center auditorium at 791 Chambers Rd.   We hope to see you there. 


Also, mark your calendars for the summer Quarterly Community Meeting, Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Children's Hospital. 




If you'd like to be more involved with AHA, please join one of our work groups 


Our new Aurora Seniors Circle focuses on senior needs and senior resources in Aurora.  We're in the process of planning a Community Education Forum early this summer.  Join us to learn more and help plan this event.


The Pediatric Access Work Group focuses on  --- you guessed it -- children's health.  We will be co-hosting a Kid's Convening on the morning of May 11th at Children's Hospital (see attached flyer).  We're also developing an issue paper on transportation barriers that create challenges for families trying to access care.


The Adult Access Work Group is focusing on access to specialty care services.  Many more people have insurance coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but this influx has created a bit of a log jam where specialty care referral is concerned.  Join us in discussing the issue and figuring out how we can work collaboratively to fix the problem.


To find out more about these groups (and others), check out the attached flyer, or email admin@aurorahealthaccess.org.   


Pediatric Work GroupMarch 2, 20159:00-10:30Children's Hospital
Coverage Work GroupMarch 4, 20152:00-3:30Aurora Mental Health Center
AHA Board MeetingMarch 12, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience Center
Senior CircleMarch 23, 20152:00-3:00Innovage
AHA Board MeetingApril 9, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience Center
AHA Quarterly MeetingApril 15, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Mental Health Center
Adult Access Work GroupApril 29, 201510:00-12:00Aurora Resilience Center
Coverage Work GroupMay 6, 20152:00-3:30TBD
2015 Kids ConveningMay 11, 2015 9:00-12:00Children's Hospital
AHA Quarterly MeetingJuly 15, 20152:00-4:30Children's Hospital
Community News

Grand Opening!

After months of hard work and anticipation, the Dayton Street Opportunity Center will host its Grand Opening. Join the building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony:
When: Sunday, March 8, 2015 (Note this is a change from previous announcements!)
Time:  4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Where: 1445 Dayton Street Aurora, Co 80010 

The Center will house the student-run free clinic known as DAWN (Dedicated to Aurora's Wellness Needs). The clinic will open every Tuesday evening starting March 3 and will see uninsured adults 18 and over. You'll find much more information on their website: www.dawnclinic.org.

DAWN Clinic Town Meeting

The DAWN Clinic is also hosting a Town Hall and Clinic Walk-through on Saturday, March 14th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, at the Dayton Street Opportunity Center, 1445 Dayton Street, Aurora, CO 80012 (accessible via RTD 10 and 15 bus routes). For more information about the Town Hall Meeting, click here for a flyer.
CU Anschutz Awareness Night at Comitis

Please visit the Comitis Crisis Center on Thursday, March 5, 5:00-6:30 for a shelter tour and networking at 2178 Victor Street, Aurora, CO 80045.  Comitis is Aurora's only 24/7 homeless shelter. Space is limited, so please RSVP!  You can RSVP today to James Gillespie at jgillespie@mhbhc.org

Last Chance to Register!  
2040 Health Summit 

The Sixth Annual 2040 Community Health Summit is coming soon!  Everyone is excited about the theme:  "Understanding and Nurturing the MindBody Connection." 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 are 37 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.
High School Students:  Interested in Pursuing a Career in Healthcare or Medicine?

Check out the MC2 program at Children's Hospital of Colorado.  See the attached program description and application form.

Thank you to Summerbrook Dental!

More than 50 people showed up for their free dental day on Feb. 21! 

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


Working Together to Support 

Community Wellness for All




The Far Northeast Health Alliance (FNHA) was established as a partnership between the Families Forward Resource Center (formerly the Lowry Family Center) and the Colorado School of Public Health in 2011. 


Today, the FNHA coordinates and promotes actionable opportunities through committees, monthly gatherings, training, and other activities whereby individuals, families, and neighbors can: 

  • work with others striving to make a difference in their communities;
  • share ideas and best practices for effecting positive social change; and
  • receive support, technical assistance, and recognition. 

The FNHA membership includes a broad base of community health organizations, governmental health agencies, school-based health services, local health-centered businesses and some health-oriented funders.  Many of the representatives from participating organizations are also community residents, and the FNHA also has a number of resident members who are not affiliated with organizations.


Our Values


The FNHA believes in: 

  • Addressing the root causes of health inequities through cross-sector collaboration and scrutiny of the social determinants of health;
  • Utilizing an asset-based community development model to strengthen communities;
  • Empowering individuals, families, and neighbors to advocate for their interests; and
  • Engaging the gifts and talents that all community members possess to build a foundation of hope and community pride 

Our Vision and Mission


Health embodies wellness in all its dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.


Vision:  A far northeast Denver community that is a healthy, safe, and flourishing environment for all people.


Mission:  To be a community-driven effort that promotes health and wellness in far northeast communities through resource sharing, health education, and resident mobilization. 


Our Strategies and Current Priorities 


Diabetes Prevention Program (partner):  A year-long lifestyle intervention program delivered in partnership with the Montbello Branch Library.


Healthy Babies, Strong Families (leverage resources & build capacity): A Healthy Start Program that combines service delivery and collective impact to reduce infant mortality among African Americans


Transportation Expansion Working Group (engage, mobilize, & advocate): A community-driven effort dedicated to the development of equitable and accessible transit options.


Planting the Seed Conference (educate & raise awareness): A Young Adults for Positive Action-sponsored community gathering that includes healthy living sessions designed to educate, raise awareness, and catalyze action.


Quality of Life Survey (value strengths & wisdom): A means for gathering residents' input to inform strategic planning and program development. 



For more information about the FNHA, please contact Virginia Visconti, FNHA Coordinator, at virginia@lowryfamilycenter.org or visit our website:  http://www.familiesforwardrc.org/about-fnehealthalliance/. 

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.