AHA's 2nd Annual Senior Forum:  
Making History One Year at a Time

When we started the Senior Forum last year, we had no idea what a huge success it was going to be.  Now we're getting ready to put on our 2nd Annual Senior Forum, and we're eager to see what the future holds.  So, if you want to make history with us, don't forget to register for AHA's 2nd Annual Senior Forum to be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 9:00-2:00 at The Summit Conference and Event Center, 411 Sable Blvd. N, Aurora, CO.  

If you want to see what's on the agenda, please click here to download a copy.

Participants:  The forum is free, but registration is required so we can reserve a lunch and seat for you.  Please click here to register before the space fills up!

Sponsors:  There are corporate sponsorships available for this event.  For more information about sponsorship,  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.
Report on our "Bucket List":  Annual Member Survey Results
by Denise Denton

Thank you to everyone who participated in AHA's annual member survey, either by using pennies to vote for issues on the "bucket list" during the April Quarterly Community Meeting, or participating later online.  Here are the results:

#1 Top Issue:  By a large margin, our members said that AHA should focus attention and resources on mental/behavioral health issues.  The board is in the process of examining what we do now related to this issue, and what more we need to do.  We'll keep you posted.
The issues that fell into the "second-most-suggested" category include:
  • Overuse of emergency rooms; 
  • Health insurance coverage; and 
  • Refugee/immigrant health access.
The issues that fell into the "third-most-suggested" category include:
  • Affordable transportation; 
  • Access to specialty care; and 
  • Health literacy.
Oral health, senior health resources, and obesity/nutrition rounded out our members' recommendations.
We will use this guidance to assess our current efforts and figure out where we need to make adjustments to honor member input. 

Thank you to all our members who voted and 
put some "oomph" behind their dreams for a healthier Aurora.
AHA July Quarterly Community Meeting

The Summer Quarterly Community Meeting will be held at Children's Hospital Colorado, in the Mt. Yale Room (2nd Floor).  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. 
Community News
Kids Eat Free

This summer, more than 500 community sites across Colorado will provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost. The neighborhood and community-based sites, such as churches, schools and recreation centers, will offer free breakfasts, lunches, suppers and/or snacks that meet federal nutrition guidelines. Many also will have fun, engaging activities for children, so they can continue to exercise their minds and their bodies after school lets out.

The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the USDA, was established to serve as a nutritional safeguard for children when school is not session. It is administered by the Colorado Department of Education and supported by hundreds of  nonprofits, school districts, and community-based organizations and groups.
There are no income or registration requirements for participation. 

Spread the word or find nearby summer meal sites! 
Use the interactive map at KidsFoodFinder.org or call Hunger Free Colorado's statewide food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626. 
Mental Health "First Aid" Classes for Youth  

Mental Health First Aid is a unique program designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to recognize common mental health problems, and provide a course of action to do something about it.

Mental Health First Aid teaches:
  • How to provide help to someone showing signs of mental illness or mental health crisis.
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care.
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, suicide, and substance abuse.

June 10, 2016, 8 am-5pm (for YOUTH)
Aurora Strong Resilience Center
1298 Peoria St.
Aurora, CO 80011

June 21, 2016 8am-5pm (for YOUTH)
Aurora Strong Resilience Center
1298 Peoria St.
Aurora, CO 80011

July 14, 2016, 8am-5pm (for YOUTH)
Kucera Auditorium
791 Chambers St.
Aurora, CO 80011

Classes are FREE (thanks to the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas More Council 10205 for their sponsorship).  Snacks are provided, bring your own lunch!

Space is limited.  To register, go to www.mhfaco.org or call Monica Pressley at 303-739-1580.
Bringing Back House Calls!

DispatchHealth is bringing back the house call --
on-demand healthcare in the comfort of your home or work.  A skilled medical team arrives with the tools necessary to provide simple to advanced healthcare in the home or workplace.

Traditional healthcare delivery can be costly, inconvenient, and unwelcoming. DispatchHealth was started by clinicians who understand the current system and what needs to be done to improve the way we provide care.

To learn more about this innovative new service, check out their website at www.dispatchhealth.com, 
or call (303) 500-1518 to request service.
The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (CFPHE)

The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (CFPHE) is proud to be the Administrative Partner for Aurora Health Access. Through this work, we are reaching our mission to support innovative partnerships with public and private organizations, local collaborators and academic institutions to foster healthier communities in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Our vision is that everyone has the opportunity to be healthy and live in a healthy environment. 
CFPHE works with many alliances, such as Aurora Health Access. We're the flexible, administrative portal for fiscal sponsorship, fiscal management and reporting of grants or contracts that would be overly burdensome to individual organizations. Our partners benefit from our administrative services, while maintaining control over their projects.
Founded in 1993, CFPHE uses a multi-sector approach to systematically develop region-wide relationships and strategies that are imagined, implemented, tested and deployed through our partnerships with various public and private organizations, local collaborations and academic institutions.
CFPHE's line of business consists of three major programs:
  • Administrative Partnership: with collaborations such as AHA
  • Leadership Training: through our Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership program (RIHEL)
  • Community Engagement: where we focus on bringing the voice of community into research.
We continually strive to integrate and transform our partnerships into holistic efforts that impact the public in overarching, equitable ways. One of our main efforts is to reduce health disparities among communities. We are so excited to be able to reach for that goal working with Aurora Health Access.
We invite you to learn more about the work we do. Please feel free to contact us directly at 303-910-4682 or find out more about us at www.cfphe.org

  • Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
  • 1385 South Colorado Blvd, Suite A622
  • Denver, CO 80222
  • Phone: 303-910-4682

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 
with a focus on the most vulnerable and underserved.

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