Health Briefs, Aug. 7, 2012

Hospice CEO named to national panel

Christy Whitney, president and chief executive officer of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

The 21-member committee makes recommendations about rural issues to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Members serve four-year terms and come from a variety of medical, administrative, legal, research, business and public welfare programs.

MS Society chapter gets $50K grant

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society received a $50,000 grant from Denver Post Charities at a July 25 reception.

The grant will help the chapter pay for care management programs that help people with multiple sclerosis access health care resources and services. The money comes from citizen and corporate donations matched 50 cents to the dollar by the McCormick Foundation. Denver Post Charities is a fund of the McCormick Foundation and distributed $2.82 million this year to 65 Denver-area nonprofit groups.

Visit for more information about programs and opportunities through the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society.

Mental disorders subject of free classes


The National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope will host a free, 12-week “Family to Family” course beginning Sept. 9.

The course offers educational classes for family members and caregivers of a person with a mental illness. The classes discuss coping skills, basic medication information, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care for family members and caregivers. Disorders covered in the course are: schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorder, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizo-affective disorder and mental illness in combination with alcohol or drug addiction.

Materials are provided free of charge and confidentiality is maintained throughout the course. Call Leslie at 970-462-3989 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register for the course.


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