Briefs: Local Health September 23, 2008

Cancer Society’s Fight Back Express rolls into GJ for rally

• State Rep. Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, will speak at the American Cancer Society’s Fight Back Express rally at 6 p.m. today at St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion Regional Cancer Center, 750 Wellington Ave.
The rally is part of the society’s Cancer Action Network’s nationwide bus tour that highlights the role elected officials play in making cancer a national priority.
The Fight Back Express bus, or mobile action center, will be at the rally. Visitors can share stories with elected officials through the electronic “Picture a Cure” program.
The Fight Back Express began its nationwide tour May in Ohio and will be on the road through Election Day, Nov. 4.
For information, visit

Health department offers free heart disease screenings

• The Mesa County Health Department and Denver Health are providing free heart disease screenings for uninsured Mesa County residents ages 18 or older.
Free heart risk assessments will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 6 p.m. today and Thursday at the LiveWell office in the Mesa County Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road.
The assessment provides blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure readings and takes about 20 minutes.
No appointments are needed. Spanish-speaking services are available.

Suicide prevention training offered through VA Center

• Suicide prevention training is available for community groups on the Western Slope through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction.
Groups interested in listening to the suicide prevention officer from the VA can make appointments or check scheduling by calling 263-2824 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Three area groups get part of $3.1 million in grants

• The Office of Health Disparities of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded 23 grants totaling $3.1 million to state organizations committed to reducing health disparities and improving the health and wellness of people of color in Colorado, according to a news release from the state Dept. of Public Health.
The following area organizations received grant money from the state:

•  Colorado Campaign to Increase Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Use Among Latinas in Mesa, Montrose and Garfield counties, $150,000.

•  Improving Access to Cardiovascular Care for Minority Populations in NW Colorado in Moffat, Rout and Jackson counties, $100,000.

•  Por Tu Familia: Soluciones Para la Salud de Corazon in Eagle County, $125,000.
The Minority Health Advisory Commission recommended the projects for funding, and the projects were approved by the Colorado Board of Health.


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