Health Briefs, Aug. 27, 2013

Counselor joins Primary Care Partners

A veteran nutritional counselor with 20 years of experience recently joined a division of a Grand Junction primary care practice, Primary Care Partners announced.

Ray Jensen joined the Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Education division of Primary Care Partners, 3150 N. 12th St.

In his role as a certified dietitian and diabetes educator, Jensen will participate in a program that provides counseling for weight loss, diabetes management, eating disorders and other issues related to health and nutrition.

Call 255-1576 for information.


Family doctor named health info fellow


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently named Grand Junction family doctor Gregory Reicks a Health IT Fellow.

Health IT Fellows are a group of volunteer health care professionals who promote health information technology as a tool for enhancing patient engagement in the delivery of medical care, Colorado Beacon Consortium announced.

Reicks and other 2013 fellows were selected for their proficiency in the use of information technology to improve care, the consortium said in a news release.

Reicks served as a leader of the consortium, a nonprofit dedicated to optimizing the efficiency, quality and performance of the health care system through integrated delivery of care and the use of clinical information.

Reicks also serves as president of Mesa County Physicians IPA and leads the board of the regional health information exchange, Quality Health Network.

“One of the things I hope to accomplish through this program is to advance the notion that health IT isn’t about the technology, it’s about the health of the individuals and the communities we serve,” Reicks said in a news release.


Mental illness group to sponsor series


The National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope will sponsor five free classes designed for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.

The five-week series, called Colorado Visions, starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and will take place on consecutive Thursday evenings at a location to be announced. All materials for the course will be furnished free of charge.

Many topics will be covered including a variety of mental disorders like autism, Tourette’s, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia and others; coping and self-care; rehabilitation and recovery; empathy and communication; problem management and advocacy; and stigma.

Call 970-462-3989 for information.


Gluten-free group to meet Sept. 4


Gluten Free Grand Valley will sponsor an open forum starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.

The forum will be “an opportunity for us to learn from each other, get to know each other better and share experiences,” said the group’s president, Angela Wetzel.

Yum Wholesome Bakery will provide samples to the group, which consists of nearly 200 supporters, Wetzel said.

Gluten Free Grand Valley serves as a resource for the gluten-free population in the Grand Valley and raises awareness about gluten-free needs within the community.

Gluten Free Grand Valley is open to anyone who has celiac disease or a wheat/gluten allergy or just wants to know more about eating gluten-free. Wetzel said.


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