Health and Wellness briefs: Sept. 19, 2017

Delta County Memorial designated Baby-Friendly

Delta County Memorial Hospital recently received recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

“Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother–baby bonding,” said Chief Clinical Officer Jody Roeber in a press release.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. with 452 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.

The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

Applications now open for grants from health fund


The Western Colorado Community Foundation is accepting applications to the Western Colorado Health Fund.

Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are available to clinics, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations to address access to health care and to improve health care delivery in smaller, rural communities.

Applications are available online at

Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) with both the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State. Applications must be received by Friday, Sept. 29. For information, contact Tedi Gillespie at 970-243-3767.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves seven counties in western Colorado, managing charitable funds for community good.

It manages more than 250 charitable funds totaling $60 million in assets and awards nearly $2.5 million in grants and scholarships annually.

9 agencies receive grants to stop substance abuse


Nine Mesa County organizations will receive a total of $23,500 in grants for substance abuse education, prevention and programs that treat individuals struggling with addiction.

Grants addressing substance abuse in Mesa County are awarded annually through a competitive grant process by the Brownson Memorial Fund, managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

The 2017 grant recipients are Drug Threat Oversight Committee: Share and Care Family Support; Girls on the Run: Heart and Soul for Middle Schools; Girl Scouts: Girls are Great; Grand Valley Catholic Outreach-La Mariposa; Marillac Clinic-AcuDetox; Mesa County Partners: Minor in Possession classes; Mind Springs Health: Women’s Recovery Center; The Salvation Army: Addiction Recovery Program; and Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation: Suicide Prevention Training.

Fall Breakfast Benefit

planned by AIDS Project


The Colorado Health Network, doing business as the Colorado AIDS Project, announced that the Western Colorado AIDS Project (WestCAP) regional office will sponsor a Fall Breakfast Benefit from 7:30 to 
8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Courtyard Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive, in Grand Junction.

WestCAP’s Fall Breakfast Benefit will honor the 2030 vision for HIV in Colorado: No New HIV Transmissions. Period.

Dr. Steve Johnson from the University of Colorado will speak about how Colorado can achieve the 2030 goal. Johnson is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado-Denver.

For information or registration, visit You may also contact Jeff Basinger, director of regional programs, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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