Briefs: Health Briefs July 07, 2009

Latimer House director given award

• Jackie Sievers, Hilltop’s Latimer House program director, received the Purple Ribbon Award from Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The award is presented to program directors who show leadership that helps to end domestic violence by creating a sustainable community vision against violence, someone who provides positive mentoring and who makes a lasting contribution.
Sievers has worked in her role for the past four years and for Hilltop for the past 10 years. She heads the local Domestic Violence Task Force and is a member of several community boards working to improve residents’ quality of life.

Telephone workshops offer cancer info

• Thousands of people call from around the world to talk about cancer during CancerCare Telephone Education Workshops.
The free telephone workshops cover various kinds of cancer. A schedule and descriptions of the workshops can be found at Preregistration for the workshops is required.
The next workshop, scheduled for July 16, is titled “Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy.”

Medical marijuana off-limits at hospital

• Medical marijuana is not allowed on the campus of the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
No such incidences have been reported. However, medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, but it is a violation of federal law to have marijuana at a federal site, said Paul Sweeney, spokesman for the medical center.

Audio information group visits GJ

• Members of an organization that reads local newspapers to people for free over the radio waves will be at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 222 S. Sixth St., on July 13.
For information about the Audio Information Network of Colorado, call the Grand Junction office at 248-7107.

Health symposium begins in late July

• The Colorado Health Symposium is scheduled July 30 through Aug. 1 at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center.
For a complete agenda, go to


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