After Many Hours on the Phone....
Health Insurance Options for Undocumented People
A couple of wonderful volunteers spent hours on the phone (and on "hold") recently, helping AHA figure out where someone could purchase health insurance if they did not have a social security number. The results were surprising!  Thanks to their efforts, AHA's Coverage Work Group just completed a paper entitled "Private Insurance Options for Undocumented People," (click the title to download a .pdf)  that we hope will save you hours on holdThank you to our volunteers, Deanna Chavez and Bonnie DeHart, and to all the work group members and other partners who helped get this done.  If anyone is aware of additional health insurance options for undocumented people, AHA would love to hear about them.  Contact us at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org.
AHA's Fall Quarterly Community Meeting

Mark your calendars for AHA's Fall Quarterly Community Meeting. The
InnovAge Chambers PACE Center is hosting the meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  The "Did You Know" Panel presenters are from Aurora Public Schools, the Autism Society of Colorado, Metro Community Providers Network, and Think About It Colorado.  As always, there will be an update on AHA activities and an opportunity for you to share information about your programs or services.  We'll set up a resource table where you can share materials and information. InnovAge staff will be offering a short tour of their facility from 4:30 to 5:00, following the AHA meeting.  We hope to see you there.
 AHA Senior Circle and Aurora Commission for Seniors

Did you know that the City of Aurora has a Commission for Seniors?  Their mission is "to enhance the quality of life of the senior population in Aurora by supporting current programs and promoting the development of new ones."  AHA's Senior Circle has been invited to meet with the Commission to explore how we might learn from, learn with, and support one another.  We're having a joint meeting in mid-September.  We'll let you know what happens. 

You can learn more about the Commission by clicking here.

You can learn more about AHA's Senior Circle - and our other Work Groups - on our website or by clicking here.
Compassionate Collaboration Leads from Tragedy to Triumph

On August 14, the Aurora Sentinel reported on the network of Aurora citizens, including Rich McLean (AHA Board) and Lizzy Sinatra (Community Campus Partnership), who initiated a fund-raising campaign on behalf of Eduardo Franco Ramirez, who needed cranioplasty surgery to repair an injury sustained when he was beaten and left for dead.  University of Colorado Hospital agreed to do the surgery for the amount raised, which fell far short of the actual cost. If you like stories with happy endings, read the full story here. 
Community News
Health Literacy Conference

The Colorado Health Literacy Coalition, in cooperation with other sponsors (see image below) will be hosting the First Annual Colorado Health Literacy Conference on Friday, October 2, from 9 am - 4:30 pm at the Bruce Schroffel Auditorium University of Colorado Hospital. The keynote speaker will be Helen Osbourne, Founder of National Health Literacy Month.  To RSVP please see the details below.
Anschutz Block Party
BLOCK PARTY! The 3rd Annual Anschutz Block Party will be held on Wednesday, September 16th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Bonfils Circle, in front of Building 500 in the center of Anschutz Medical Campus. Community organizations will have booths there, along with food vendors, music, entertainment, and other fun activities. 
Building Better Health Conference 

Building Better Health Conference
Sept. 28-29, 2015
Crowne Plaza DIA
15500 E 40th Ave.
Denver, CO 80239

 This comprehensive event will include:
  • Training on the health coverage application process and marketplace plan selection;
  • Access to the latest uninsured data and coverage resources; and
  • Networking time with other health coverage guides, assistance site navigators, certified application assistants, brokers, community-based organizations and advocates.

This event is hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation in partnership with Connect for Health Colorado, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, the Colorado Division of Insurance, PEAK Outreach and Colorado Covering Kids and Families. Register today to join your colleagues and prepare for the 2016 open enrollment period!

For more information about the event, click here.

To register, click here.
Open House:  Colfax Community Network 

CCN is hosting a "meet and greet" with our new staff.  Learn about our updated and improved programs, see our renovated space, and hear about our new vision for becoming a beacon in the East Aurora homeless community! Beverages and light brunch will be provided! 

Wednesday, September 16th from 10:30 am-12:00 pm at 1585 Kingston Street, Aurora, CO 80010. (Enter on the west side of the church building.)

Family 9HealthFair

St. Pius X Parish

13670 East 13th Place, Aurora, CO

September 26th, 7:00 am to 12:00 noon.

  • Diabetes Risk Assessment
  • Blood Pressure for adults and children
  • Height/Weight/Body Mass Index for adults and children
  • Breast Exams
  • Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral for adults and children
  • Oral screening for adults and children
  • Stress Management screening for adults and families
  • Children's vision screening
Flu Shots for Adults and Children (cost varies)  Colon Cancer Kits, $25
Blood Chemistry Screening, $35 
  A1C Glucose Test, $30
Blood count Screening, $20  Vitamin D Screening, $45
PSA for men over 40, $30


Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital

Spalding Rehabilitation has been in the business of "Rebuilding Lives and Renewing Hope" for more than 45 years.  Spalding is an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital that specializes in Brain Injury, Stroke, Amputee and Orthopedic Rehabilitation.  Spalding also offers outpatient and day rehab services. Rehabilitation is all about compensation for your deficits, adaptation to a new way of life, and restoration of function that allows you to obtain the most fulfilling life possible. Inpatients at Spalding receive care provided by a highly integrated team of physicians and therapists specializing in physical, psychological, occupational, respiratory, speech, language and cognition rehabilitation. At Spalding you receive three divided hours of therapy per day, five days per week.  You are seen by a physician on a daily basis.  You are under the care of a dedicated team focused on helping patients return home, a team who encourages family and friends to be involved in the recovery process.  On average, 78% of our stroke and brain injury patients discharge to home.  We offer a continuum of care from inpatient through outpatient rehabilitation.    
 Other Specialties Include:

Cognitive RehabilitationOutpatient Neurological Therapy
Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Neuropsychological and Psychological Services
Day Rehabilitation ProgramsVestibular and Balance Rehabilitation
Adaptive Driving ProgramSwallowing Evaluations and Treatment
Outpatient Aquatic TherapyOutpatient Manual Therapy

Feel free to drop by Spalding for a tour or call us for information at
Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, 900 Potomac Street, Aurora, CO  80011
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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