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

(Registration is now open!)

AHA will be hosting a special community health forum focused on "Seniors' Needs and Resources in Aurora" from 8:30 - 3:30 on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. This event will be held at St. Therese Church at 1243 Kingston Street, Aurora, CO with lunch sponsored by InnovAge and Central Colorado AHEC.  The day's agenda will include brief presentations by organizations who serve seniors in Aurora, a presentation by Robert Semro from the Bell Policy Center on the Silver Tsunami, and a time for exhibitors and networking. 


Registration:  Seating is limited, so please register soon by clicking here.


Exhibitors:  We welcome interested exhibitors who provide services to seniors in the Aurora area, but we have very limited space.  Please contact Sharon at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org or call (303) 495-2155 to request an application.



Are you interested in the subject of specialty care services?  In February, Aurora Health Access (AHA) created a Task Force charged with exploring the issue of access to specialty care services in Aurora. In the past two months, we've been learning more about the issue from stakeholders in Aurora, and from colleagues in other communities and organizations dealing with this same issue.  On April 29th (details below), we'll share what we've learned so far, and ask for your input regarding our assumptions and guidance on strategies for moving forward. If you would like to join the Task Force, attend the meeting, or to be kept informed about our progress, please let us know at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org and we'll add you to our outreach list. 

KIDS CONVENING (Registration is now open!)


Be an active part of creating solutions for kids' health in Aurora and beyond! This important event is presented by Aurora Health Access, Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Children's Health Care Access Program, and Tri-County Health Department. 


WHEN:  Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:00 am -12:00 pm.


WHERE:  Children's Hospital, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045; 2nd Floor; Mt. Princeton Room.


See the attached flyer for more details, or click here to register.


In addition to planning the 2015 Kids Convening, the AHA Pediatric Access Work Group is developing an issue paper about the surprising barriers families face when they rely on Medicaid for transportation to healthcare services.  If you have examples of these barriers, or suggestions about ways to overcome them, please contact us at ddenton@aurorahealthaccess.org.  If you would like to join our Work Group and help with the paper, we'd love to have you.


Pediatric Work GroupApril 6, 20159:00-10:30Children's Hospital
AHA Board MeetingApril 9, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience Center
AHA Quarterly MeetingApril 15, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Mental Health Center
Senior CircleApril 27, 20152:00-3:30InnovAge
Specialty Access Work GroupApril 29, 201510:00-12:00Aurora Resilience Center
Pediatric Work GroupMay 4, 20159:00-10:30Children's Hospital
Coverage Work GroupMay 6, 20152:00-3:30Tri-County Health
2015 Kids ConveningMay 11, 2015 9:00-12:00Children's Hospital
AHA Board MeetingMay 14, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience Center
Senior CircleMay 18, 20152:00-3:30InnovAge
AHA Board MeetingJune 11, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Resilience Center
Senior Community Educational ForumJune 16, 20158:30-3:00St. Therese Church
AHA Quarterly MeetingJuly 15, 20152:00-4:30Children's Hospital
Community News
Open House

The Aurora Welcome Center will be hosting its ribbon-cutting ceremony at an Open House! 

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 
Time:  4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Where: 1085 Peoria Street, Aurora, CO 80011

There will be entertainment and refreshments.  Please RSVP to Diana Higuera at dhiguera.awc@gmail.com and for more information see the attached flyer.
Aurora Engage '15


The Aurora Coverage Assistance Network (ACAN), a program of Aurora Mental Health Center, funded through a grant provided by Connect for Health Colorado, invites you to Aurora Engage '15!  Aurora Engage '15 is a three-hour, power-packed seminar taking a holistic approach to healthcare coverage and beyond to our clients, primarily in the City of Aurora.  It is our goal to give our attendees tools to better navigate the enrollment process from healthcare to mental health and beyond.  Who should attend?  Professionals, volunteers, and community leaders who help individuals obtain health coverage and other needs (food stamps, housing etc.). Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you feel would benefit from the seminar. We value your time and have provided two, three-hour sessions you can pick from below.


When:  Wednesday May 27, 2015 (Last day to enroll is Wednesday, May 20)
Pick a session:
  • 8:00 am - 11:00 pm (11 - 12 is scheduled for networking)
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (3 - 4 is scheduled for networking)
Location: Aurora Mental Health Center Auditorium, 791 Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80010


Registration is fast, easy and it's FREE to attend. Just click here!  Once you've 
registered, more information will be sent to you in the weeks leading up to the event.
Hosts Needed for Medical Students!

Central Colorado AHEC helps house  medical students from CU by finding host homes in the Aurora area during the students' rotations. Hosting only lasts from two weeks to three months and hosts earn $15 per day.  Students are prescreened. For more information, see the attached flyer, or contact Mark Lanning at mark@centralcoahec.org to learn more.  
Adult Education Healthcare Bridge

Community College of Aurora Center for Workforce Development presents a 10-week program in which students earn 6-8 credits in areas such as medical terminology, customer service in healthcare, and computers in healthcare. Successful students will be assisted with employment services aimed at the Anschutz Medical Campus or other medical organizations.  For more information, please click here to see a flyer. This is a FREE program and earns college credit.
Part-Time Independent Contractor Needed for Bookkeeping

Aurora Community Connection is looking for a part-time independent contractor to do their bookkeeping. Please contact Dr. Waterman at Robin.Waterman@auroracommunityconnection.com for a full job description.  

Shots for Tots and Teens


The Shots for Tots and Teens program in Aurora was started 13 years ago. "At the time, Colorado was ranked 50th in the United States for number of children ages 19 to 35 months who were fully immunized.  We wanted to see if there was any way the Fire Department could help," says Kevin Waters, EMS Bureau Manager of the Aurora Fire Department. The Fire Department reached out to Tri-County Health Department, the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition, and local Rotary Clubs for support and to identify the areas of greatest  need. 


The first clinic in Aurora was selected after extensive research determined children in the county were the most at-risk for under-vaccination in the region. The results of this collaboration are still going strong. On the second Saturday of every month, experienced immunization nurses and firefighter paramedics with the Aurora Fire Department, with the help of dedicated volunteers, provide immunizations at convenient walk-in clinics at Aurora Fire Station #2 (12600 Hoffman Boulevard). This program provides all recommended immunizations for children and teens (newborn through 18-years old) at no or low cost. Medicaid is accepted and low-cost immunizations are available for uninsured families. Costs vary for families with insurance including CHP+. Since the program's launch in 2002, Shots for Tots and Teens has provided roughly 50,000 vaccines to more than 20,000 children in Aurora.


The Shots for Tots and Teens partners realize that immunizations are only one part of what helps keep a child healthy, so during the clinic, they hand out materials to guide patients and their families to medical homes throughout the area, along with information about insurance options and enrollment services.  The next Aurora clinic will be offered on Saturday April 11th.  Shots for Tots and Teens has also expanded to include a clinic in the Denver Metro area with partners from Denver Health and Denver Public Health. The Denver clinic is hosted on the 4th Saturday of each month. Where else can kids get the shots they need, and check out a fire engine!?


We asked our colleagues at the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition how Colorado's rates look now.  Stephanie Wasserman, Executive Director of the Coalition, was happy to respond.  "According to the latest data (2013), Colorado ranks 45th among U.S. states for childhood immunizations, with over 27.9 percent of children under-immunized at 36 months of age. Parents of children who are under-vaccinated face many barriers to immunization access such as cost, lack of a medical home, clinic location and hours, distance, transportation, language barriers, fear of the healthcare system, lack of insurance and lack of awareness regarding where to access services. The Shots for Tots and Teens program is important in combating these barriers and providing essential safety net services for families and children who lack financial or medical resources to access vaccines."


For more information:


Phone:  303.451.0123


Website:  https://www.childrensimmunization.org/what-we-do/free-and-low-cost-vaccines/shotsfortotsandteens.


Flyer:  We also have a flyer about the clinics available in English and Spanish that you can download here.

Shots for Tots in action!

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.