Briefs: Local Health May 12, 2009

Wellness connection screenings are free

• Women’s Wellness Connection is offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to Colorado women who recently lost their jobs and/or health insurance coverage.

For a list of free screening providers in the state, call 1-866-951-9355 or visit

In addition to expanding its coverage to recently unemployed women or women who recently lost health care coverage, the Women’s Wellness Connection also provides select screenings to other Colorado women who meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Ages 40-64.

• Legal residents of the United States.

• Colorado resident.

• Limited or no insurance.

• Earn less than $27,075 as a single woman or $55,125 in a household of four people.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 45 percent of women failed to seek medical care in the past year because of high costs.

Forgoing routine preventative screenings can lead to more serious — most are expensive — illnesses, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment cautioned.

Meth task force offering support group

• A six-week support group for family members of methamphetamine users begins at 7 p.m. May 20 at River of Life Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.
The Mesa County Meth Task Force facilitates this free support group.
The purpose of the support group is to help people cope with having a meth addict in their lives. Family members do not need to sign up for this group.
For more information, visit

Free diabetes management clinic set

• Palisade Pharmacy will offer a free diabetes management clinic in conjunction with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy.
Beginning May 25, people can make appointments to learn more about managing diabetes. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday at Palisade Pharmacy.
When patients enroll in this program, Palisade Pharmacy may need documents from their primary care providers regarding lab tests and progress notes.
For more information, call 464-5669.

Project provides needle disposal

• Hep C Connection has teamed up with Western Colorado AIDS Project for a weeklong community outreach project encouraging local residents to safely dispose of their used needles.
The program, titled Drop to Stop, will have a disposal drop set up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday at the Western Colorado AIDS Project, 805 Main St.

Fruita hospital hires nursing director

• Karen Donnahie was hired to be the director of nursing and the preparedness coordinator at the Family Health West hospital, which is scheduled to open this summer in Fruita.
Donnahie spent the past 20 years working as an emergency nurse throughout the western United States. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and a certified emergency nurse.
She has a master’s degree in health care administration.
At Family Health West, Donnahie’s job responsibilities will include coordinating inpatient and emergency departments, coordinating relationships with external partners and directing all emergency preparedness activities.


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