Report on the April Quarterly Community Meeting
by Denise Denton

What a great meeting!  Mandy Ashley, the Manager of Government and Corporate Relations for UCHealth, and the Vice-Chair of AHA's board, welcomed 80+ participants to the Spring Quarterly Community Meeting. Mark Deno, the CEO of Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, which hosted the meeting, offered his welcome and shared information about Spalding and the patients they care for. 

Instead of the usual "Did You Know" panel, we were treated to a moving, interactive performance by the Kaiser Permanente Care Equity Project. We all learned a little more about poverty, access, empathy, and hospitality. There were many "aha moments" and a few tears. Betty Hart, the Director of the Project, pointed out how in America, one can be "fabulous but penniless." 

As always, there was time for community announcements and networking.

AHA used a creative way to conduct the annual member survey. Each participant was given 10 pennies that they could use to "vote" for the health access issues they believe should be at the top of AHA's agenda by dropping them into buckets labeled with various health issues. The 10 pennies served as a reminder that resources and capacities are limited and that funding for one issue can take from another. Thank you to those of you who voted and put your pennies where your heart is.

If you were not able to attend, we'd still like you to vote.  Please see the following announcement about how to vote online.

We will share the results of the voting in the June newsletter. 
AHA's Bucket List :
Our 2016 Annual Member Survey

As mentioned above, AHA began conducting its annual member survey at the Quarterly Community Meeting in April.  If you were unable to participate, please take a moment to fill out the survey right now! We have attached a more thorough description and voting instructions, and we'd love to have your input.

The deadline is Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  Thank you!
AHA July Quarterly Community Meeting

The Summer Quarterly Community Meeting will be held at our lovely Children's Hospital Colorado, upstairs in the Mt. Princeton Room.  For the "Did You Know" Panelists, we've invited ACS, PRC, HCPF, and NAMI.  You'll just have to come to the meeting to decipher these acronyms!  Hope to see you there.

Please register in advance. It's quick and easy and helps us plan for seating and food. 

AHA Builds Collaboration 

Kaitlin Wolff of Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) provided this example of how AHA builds collaboration.  

Through Tri-County's participation in the AHA Coverage Work Group, they developed a partnership with the Aurora Coverage Assistance Network (ACAN) to address health insurance enrollment barriers.  TCHD and ACAN partnered, though a formal MOU, to co-locate a health navigator within TCHD's Aurora clinic to provide enrollment assistance for Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and subsidized private insurance through Colorado's state-based marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. 

The TCHD location was a small piece of the enormous success ACAN had during open enrollment, and it was the only collaboration between a government agency and a non-profit.

The two agencies have agreed to continue their partnership during the next open enrollment period, while improving and expanding their efforts. Kaitlin and her colleagues have submitted an abstract to Public Health of the Rockies and hope to share their experience and success in "leveraging key community partnerships to address barriers to affordable health coverage."

If you have a story about how AHA helped you build collaboration, we'd sure love to hear it and share. Just contact Sharon at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org.

AHA's 2nd Annual Senior Forum:  Registration Now Open

Registration for both participants and exhibitors is now open for AHA's 2nd Annual Senior Forum to be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at The Summit Conference and Event Center, 411 Sable Blvd. N, Aurora, CO.  Last year we had to cut off the registration for both exhibitors and participants because it filled so quickly, so don't delay.  Reserve your spot now by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Participants:  The forum is free, but registration is required so we can manage seating and lunches.  Please click here to register before the space fills up!

Sponsors:  There are corporate sponsorships available for this event.  You will want to get in on this opportunity early, so that we can promote your name as we roll out promotional materials for the event.  For more information about sponsorship levels,  please click here to download a flyer or contact Sharon at admin@aurorahealthaccess.org.  

The following partners have already come on board as sponsors!  AHA is very grateful for this strong show of support for our work for seniors.

AHA Allies:  Please distribute and display the attached flyer for the Senior Forum.
Community News
2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

This report is well worth the read and very sobering! "2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" is a statistical resource related to Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia, as well as other dementias. Includes descriptions of the various causes of dementia and a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer's disease. Additional sections address prevalence, mortality and morbidity, caregiving, and use and costs of health care, long-term care and hospice. The Special Report discusses the personal financial impact of Alzheimer's disease on families.  This is a link to a 84-page downloadable .pdf file.

FREE Six-Week Diabetes Self-Management Class!  

InnovAge/PACE Chambers Center and Center for African American Health have partnered together to host a FREE six-week diabetes self-management class.  Denver and Aurora residents are welcome to enroll!  Classes start Thursday, May 26 and will be held every Thursday until June 30, 12:00-2:00, at 3551 N. Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80011.  For information or to register, please contact Program coordinator Khadkjatu at 303-355-3423.

Topics Include:
  • Healthy eating
  • Correct usage and timing of medication
  • how to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • Exercises to improve and maintain strength
  • How to work with your healthcare providers

Career Opportunity

Looking for a career change?  Check out this Healthcare Training Program with a focus on Patient Services - and, to sweeten the deal, funding for tuition and books may be available. It's a 10-week program (6.5 credits) from June 27th to Sept 1, 2016, Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

In this course, students learn required skills for patient services jobs on the Anschutz Medical Campus and other healthcare organizations. Tours of both Children's and University Hospital are included in the course. There is also assistance in applying for jobs. The application deadline is June 6, 2016.

For more information please contact:

This opportunity is a collaboration between Community College of Aurora, Community Campus Partnership, University of Colorado Denver, and Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Center.
Laundry on the Fax

See one local business-owner's model for taking meaningful action: a laundry voucher program dedicated to those experiencing homelessness in our community. 

Aurora@Home's Education and Advocacy Event at Laundry on the Fax, May 4, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 10941 E Colfax Ave, Aurora-just west of McDonalds. More info in the photo below.


NextCare Urgent Care's Aurora Clinic
by Mary Capilla
If you're looking for a caring, affordable urgent care clinic, please consider visiting the NextCare location at 18890 E.Hampden Avenue in Aurora.
The Aurora clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Patients can come in for quick relief from minor injuries like bumps, cuts or bruises; illnesses like sore throats, sinus infections or the flu. NextCare Urgent Care also has in-house labs and X-rays so you don't have to leave our clinic for quality injury and illness treatment.
In addition, families can bring in their children for sports and camp physicals and pediatric care.
Furthermore, NextCare provides a wide range of Occupational Medicine Services. The Aurora clinic is there every day of the year for Colorado businesses that need general medical care, urgent care, work injury, or pre-employment services for their staff members.
Online check-in is available through NextCare's WAHOO service which stands for "Wait At Home Or Office." WAHOO gives patients the opportunity to wait wherever they are most comfortable. Patients sign up online and NextCare will send them a text message with confirmation and updates.
The facility accepts most insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna CO, Humana, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Anthem BCBS, Colorado Access (Medicaid), and United Healthcare. For uninsured or underinsured patients, NextCare offers discount programs that can be used in conjunction with a high-deductible catastrophic policy.
For more information about the Aurora clinic, visit www.nextcare.com or call the 24-hour customer service center at 888-381-4858.
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