AHA July Quarterly Meeting

Children's Hospital Colorado graciously hosted AHA's summer Quarterly Community Meeting on July 15, which was attended by 60 participants, representing more than 33 organizations. The "Did You Know" panelists provided information about Alzheimer's Disease, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, and our very own City of Aurora.  During the networking that followed, participants enjoyed a delicious cake to honor several members of AHA's Founding Board who are stepping down.  

The fall Quarterly Community Meeting will be hosted by our colleagues at InnovAge/Chambers Center.  The "Did You Know" panel will include representatives from Aurora Public Schools, the Autism Society of Colorado, Bridges to Care, and Think About It Colorado.  Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 21st2:00-4:30.  

If you're interested in hosting a Quarterly Community Meeting in 2016 and have a room that comfortably holds 60-65 energized people and free/convenient parking, contact Denise at ddenton@aurorahealthaccess.org.

Report on Kids' Convening Phase II Meeting


AHA's Pediatric Work Group hosted the Phase II work meeting that followed the 2015 Aurora Kids' Convening.  During the Phase II meeting, the participants took the priorities proposed at the Convening, and developed three areas of focus for improving healthcare for children in Aurora over the next two years.  Below are the notes from that meeting.  If you are interested in joining any of the new small groups we formed, please contact us at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org.

AHA and Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) 

Aurora Health Access purchased hygiene kits for clients of Aurora Warms the Night.  The Girl Scouts helped assemble them.  What a great collaboration!  

Aurora Warms the Night is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the life, health and stability of Aurora's men, women, and children facing homelessness. It is located at 
1544 Elmira Street,  Aurora, Colorado 80010.

For more information, check out their website at
Heather Logan 


Over the last two months, we've introduced you to the incoming AHA Board Members.  To round out our slate, here is our newest Board Member.  Heather Logan is the Director of Accountable Care at Metro Community Provider Network, where she currently focuses on hospital utilization project management, comprehensive care coordination development, program operations, and external relations.  Heather is also the Director for the Bridges to Care Program. Heather holds a master's in social work from Colorado State University. She previously served on the Jefferson County Housing Authority Board of Directors, Aging Well: Basic Needs Committee, University Hotspotters Committee, South Metro Health Alliance Board Member, and currently volunteers at the Colorado Siberian Husky Rescue.  

. . . and "Thank you!"

AHA extends a huge thank you to Deanna Chavez, a fourth-year medical student from Creighton University, who helped the Coverage Work Group with a paper on health insurance options for undocumented people.  If Deanna is any indication of the caliber of physicians we'll see in the next few years, we are all in very good hands.
New Pediatric Medical Homes List

Thanks to our colleagues at Children's Hospital and the Colorado Children's Healthcare Assistance Program, the list of Pediatric Medical Homes serving Northwest Aurora has been updated and is available on AHA's website under the Data Sources and Reports section, or click on one of the links below. The list identifies clinics and practices that serve the children in Northwest Aurora, particularly children on Medicaid, CHP+, or who are uninsured. 

List of Medical Homes Serving Northwest Aurora.  (This link will download "Medical Homes Serving NW Aurora" in Excel and open to Pediatric Practices. Note that there are also tabs in the lower left for Family Practices, Multi-specialty Practices, and All).

Next Access to Specialty Care Meeting

The next meeting of the Access to Specialty Care (ASC) Task Force will be September 2nd at The Medical Center of Aurora (in Meeting Room Two in the Conference Area just beyond the Main Lobby at the Main Campus, 1501 S. Potomac).  If you aren't already part of the Task Force, check it out on AHA's website under Working Groups and Task Forces. You'll find a list of participants, the notes from our July meeting and a "library" of related materials.  Let us know if you'd like to join.
Community News

Community Health Assessment

Children's Hospital Colorado has a long history of advocating to improve the health, safety, and well-being of kids.  This work goes beyond the walls of our hospital and into the broader community.  This is where you come in!  Children's wants to hear from you.  What are your concerns about the health of children in our state?  What role can the hospital play in addressing those concerns?  The hospital is seeking direct input from residents regarding what you view as the most pressing health needs of children in your community.  

If you are a parent or caregiver with children currently living in your home, please take 3-to-5 minutes to respond to an anonymous survey to help Children's Hospital better meet the needs of kids across Colorado.  Thank you for your time!

Global Fest Aurora

Celebrate Aurora's culturally diverse communities at this one-of-a kind festival featuring delightful flavors, cultural experiences, and artistic expressions from around the world. Saturday, August 22nd, from 2 pm to 8 pm on the great lawn in front of the City of Aurora Municipal Building, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.  Please visit AuroraGlobalFest.org for parking and vendor information.

Enjoy an international flag ceremony, a fashion show of traditional dress from all over the world, food and beverage vendors, dance and music performances, a global village, and more.  Click here for a flyer with more information.

University of Colorado Hospital: 

#1 Hospital in Colorado and Denver


U.S. News and World Report (July 21, 2015) again ranks the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) as the best in the state and one of the nation's best hospitals. The U.S. News Best Hospitals report ranks 11 specialties at UCH among the best in the United States.  The annual U.S. News rankings, now in their 26th year, analyze nearly 5,000 hospitals to recognize those that excel in treating patients with the most complex medical conditions.  For more information, please check out the details here
Aurora Time Bank


What Is a Time Bank?


A Time Bank is a community of people who support each other by exchanging services. When you spend an hour to do something for an individual or group, you earn a Time Dollar. Then you can use that Time Dollar to buy an hour of a neighbor's time or engage in a group activity offered by a neighbor. 


It's that simple. Yet it also has profound effects.  You get to know your neighbors and build an old-fashioned extended family of people who take care of each other. Time Banks change whole communities.


We launched in June 2012 with just 20 members, and today we have 196 members and over 15,000 hours exchanged among members of the Aurora Time Bank community!  

Why should you join the Time Bank?

  • Get help with projects
  • Save Money
  • Become self-sufficient
  • Share skills with others
  • Access lots of goods and services
  • Support your community
What can you do for the Time Bank?  What services can you get from the Time Bank?
Arts & CraftsGarden WorkMinor Home Repair
Car Repair & MaintenanceHair CutsMoving Assistance
ChildcareHousekeepingPlanning a Party
ClericalJewelry MakingPet Care
Computer AssistanceLanguage TranslationTutoring
ErrandsMending & Alterations


Learn more about Aurora Time Bank at www.auroratimebank.org, or at the contact info below.

Aurora Time Bank

Program Manager, Benita Muniz

9801 E. Colfax Ave. Suite 250, Aurora, CO 80010        

720-216-0075, ext. 100



Aurora Time Bank members enjoy a monthly gathering.


Please note that the telephone number for PASCO Home Health, which we featured last month, is (303) 233-3122 and their website is www.pascohh.com.
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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