AHA Spring Quarterly Community Meeting


Aurora Mental Health Center hosted AHA's Spring Quarterly Community Meeting in their auditorium at the new Crisis Walk-In Center.  With 56 attendees, it was one of the largest meetings so far. Diane Brunson, CU School of Dental Medicine, not only gave a rousing presentation on how oral health is critical to overall health, but she taught us all how much toothpaste we really need to use!  We also learned that the group most likely NOT to have dental insurance is those 65 and over.


We introduced a new format during this meeting -- the "Did You Know?" Panel.  This format, consisting of mini-presentations from three presenters, allows AHA to provide a more diverse mix of information and resources, which better matches the diversity of AHA's membership. The three inaugural presenters included Camy Bell, Burn Center UC Hospital; Arthur McFarlane, The Breathing Institute, Children's Hospital; and Keven Waters, Aurora Fire Department.  Did you know that:

  • "Wax" is another name for hash oil, and that its street value is currently worth more than gold?
  • People don't "grow out of" asthma?
  • That kids can get their immunizations and check out a fire engine at the same time?

Thank you to all the presenters and participants who made it a dynamic and informational meeting!


Looking forward:  July Quarterly Community Meeting.  If you haven't attended one of our Quarterly Community Meetings yet, please attend to see why it keeps growing!  The summer Quarterly Community Meeting is Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Children's Hospital. Please mark your calendars. We'll see you then!


 Annual Survey Results.  Thank you to the 38 people who completed the survey during the Quarterly Meeting. Thanks to your input we learned that:

  • For 15 of you, this was your first Quarterly Community Meeting. We hope to see you again!
  • In order of preference, you said you come to our meetings for the AHA updates, to learn from our presenters, to hear the community announcements, to network with colleagues (old and new), and to share your news. 
  • While you enjoy our presentations, you want us to keep them short. You liked the format of the Did You Know? Panel presentations, and want speakers to provide handouts.
  • You suggested we offer coffee and tea, provide more time for networking, and that we get LinkedIn.
  • You also shared some great ideas for topics, speakers, and locations. Thank you!  
(Registration is open!)

AHA will be hosting a special community health forum focused on "Seniors' Needs and Resources in Aurora" from 9:30 - 3:00 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 and registrations are flowing in so please register soon by clicking here before we close registration! 


Exhibitor Registration is closed because we are full.  Thank you for your overwhelming response!


Pediatric Work GroupMay 4, 20159:00-10:00Children's Hospital
Coverage Work GroupMay 6, 20153:00-4:30Tri-County Health Dept.
2015 Kids ConveningMay 11, 2015 9:00-12:00Children's Hospital
AHA Board MeetingMay 14, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Strong Resilience Center
Senior CircleMay 18, 20152:00-3:30InnovAge
AHA Board MeetingJune 11, 20152:00-4:30Aurora Strong Resilience Center
Community Health Forum: Aurora's SeniorsJune 16, 20158:30-3:00St. Therese Church
Access to Specialty Care Task ForceJuly 8, 201510:00-12:00TBD
AHA Quarterly MeetingJuly 15, 20152:00-4:30Children's Hospital
Community News
New Free-Standing ER in Aurora:  UCHealth ER

A new First Choice Emergency Room just opened in the Smoky Hill area of Aurora at 25551 E. Smoky Hill Road, and it's about to get a name change. This new facility is open 24-7 and equipped with a full radiology suite, a laboratory, and staffed with experienced board-certified physicians and emergency nurses.  Adeptus Health owns and operates First Choice Emergency Room. As of April 20, 2015, Adeptus partnered with University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) to improve access to emergency medical care throughout Colorado. There are currently 12 Colorado locations, with two more under construction.  Through the new partnerships, these facilities will all be renamed UCHealth ER.

Grease Sing-A-Long:  
July 30 | 6:30PM | Mayan Theatre

Sing-a-Long Grease is a fun-packed interactive screening of the classic 1977 film with lyrics on screen benefiting Howard Dental Center and Harmony: A Colorado Chorale. You and your friends are the stars along with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-JohnThe show has all the elements of a Sing-A-Long-A spectacular that audiences all over the world have come to love:

* the preshow warm-up and fancy dress competition
* free Magic Moment fun packs for all
* your favorite lyrics and more on the Big Screen

* an audience full of fellow fans all having a fantastic time


Click here to read more about Howard Dental or the Grease Sing-A-Long-A Event.

The Healthcare Academy

Health Care Leadership Institute

By Maisha Fields 


The City of Aurora is home to the finest medical facilities and most skilled healthcare providers in Colorado. In spite of the fact that Anschutz Health Science Campus is responsible for more than 36,000 jobs that provide a living wage, youth and families living in vulnerable conditions sometimes have limited access to career attainment and advancement.


In order to improve the overall quality of life, educational attainment, and economic security of families and youth living in North Aurora, the Fields Foundation, in partnership with representatives from the Metro Denver Health Care Partnership, Community College of Aurora, and Aurora Public School District Aurora Lights Pathway Program, created North Aurora's first community-based Health Care Leadership Institute. 


The curriculum is designed to guide youth-aged learners on the competencies needed for entry-level healthcare and IT support staff in a variety of healthcare settings.  The program culminates with a formal graduation ceremony and job placement fair held on the campus of Anschutz Medical Center. This partnership has graduated and successfully placed 76 youth of color from the Aurora community in jobs or post-secondary settings!


While grabbing a bite to eat at the hospital cafeteria at Children's Hospital recently, I ran into a graduate of the Health Care Academy.  The student rushed up to me in scrubs with a brilliant smile. She didn't say much but "Thank you, I can't believe I really work here!"  


Classes in Health Information Technology or Certified Nursing Assistant are starting soon, so please contact the Fields Foundation at 720-505-2795 or fieldshealthcareinstitute@gmail.com for more information.  
Aurora Is Hiring Lifeguards!

You can get free training and a great job with the city of Aurora.  Lifeguard certification training classes are happening May 1-16 at Utah Pool.  Call 303.739.1540 for information about employment and training.  There are positions open for both "certified" and "junior" lifeguards.  Act quickly!  The deadline is here.

The School of Dental Medicine
can be your dental home!

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine


Oral health is important in overall health as many chronic diseases are impacted by dental decay and gum disease.  The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is recognized for its patient-centered care and has multiple clinics, each one specifically tailored to patients' oral health needs.  Located in the heart of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, the School of Dental Medicine provides excellent oral health care in state-of-the-art facilities with the most current technology.   


The Dental Team Clinic has highly supervised dentists-in-training,  teamed with expert staff and dentists to assure exceptional care for each patient's unique needs.  For residents with dental emergencies, care is available on a fee-for-service basis on a first-come first-served basis Monday through Friday.  Children and families will enjoy the focus on little smiles in the Pediatric Clinic around the corner at the Healthy Smiles Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado.  Available for all ages, the Orthodontic Clinic has a variety of treatment and esthetic options for the best possible smile!  The Adolescent Clinic focuses on prevention and managing oral disease for the hard-to-please adolescent.  Finally, the educators at the School of Dental Medicine see individual patients in the Faculty Practice with a focus on comprehensive care and patient wellness. 


The School of Dental Medicine is able to provide dental care to many patients while providing a clinical education for our dental, international, and post-graduate program students. As part of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, many of our fees are more affordable and significantly less than private dental offices, however, we do charge for our dental care.


A screening appointment will assist patients in determining which clinic best suits their needs. To arrange for a screening appointment, call (303) 724-6941. The School of Dental Medicine can be your dental home!  
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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