Health Briefs, Feb. 21, 2012

Rodwick named to national board

John Rodwick, president of the Mesa County Board of Health and the Colorado Association of Local Boards of Health, recently was elected to the National Association of Local Boards of Health board of directors.

The National Association of Local Boards of Health is a nationwide organization that informs and guides local boards of health and works to strengthen local public health boards through networking and banding together to address board needs.

Rodwick is a professor emeritus of business administration and earned a doctorate in management and psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Price named Trustee of the Year


Modern Healthcare Magazine named Community Hospital Board of Trustees member David Price the magazine’s Trustee of the Year in its Feb. 13 edition.

The award is given annually to outstanding trustees in four categories: large hospital, small hospital, nonprofit health care system and for-profit health care company. Price took home the award for small hospitals. Forty-six people were nominated this year for trustee of the year.

Price is an attorney with Hoskin, Farina & Kampf, PC, and will serve on the hospital’s board of trustees until later this month. He has served on the board since 2006.

Food-safety classes in Montrose


Montrose County Health and Human Services will offer six food-safety classes to the food-service volunteers and retail food employees beginning today.

A specialist from the county’s environmental health department will present the classes on the third Tuesday of each month, February through June, and cover how to handle food safely.

Classes are two and a half hours and will begin at 2 p.m. in the Resource Room at Montrose County Health and Human Services, 1845 S. Townsend Ave. There also will be a class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Naturita Public Library, 107 W. First St.

The class costs $10 to attend, and participants are asked to bring photo ID. Those who complete the course will receive a food handler’s card. For additional information or to schedule a class at a food retailer, call 252-5000 and ask for the Environmental Department.

Program for prevention of falls starts soon


Home Care of the Grand Valley, Mesa County Department of Human Services and the Adult Resources for Care and Help will offer a free program, Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, twice a week beginning next week.

The series of classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 28 through March 29 at Western Colorado Community College, 2508 Blichmann Ave., Room 161. Each class will focus on how to prevent falls and involve group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise.

Call Western Colorado 2-1-1 or 244-8400 to register for the class. Space is limited to 10 participants. Materials and snacks will be provided.

Nurse aide courses begin March 12


The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center will begin a six-week class to train people to become a certified nurse aide March 12 through April 24.

The class costs $945, which pays for books, a Colorado Board of Nursing exam fee and a background screening report. Qualifying Mesa County Workforce Center clients can have their tuition reimbursed.

Classes will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning next month. Other six-week sessions will begin May 14, July 16, Sept. 10 and Nov. 5. For information or to receive an application packet, call Natasha at 434-5474.

Service Learning 5K run set for April 7


Central High School’s Service Learning Program will host the second annual April Fool’s 5K Run on April 7, beginning and ending at the Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado Amphitheater.

All ages are welcome to run or walk the 5-kilometer course along the River Front Trail. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. Each participant will get a gift and a chance to win a prize.

To register online, go to or register in person at Central High School, 550 Warrior Way, or Rhema Music and Clothing Company, 126 S. Park Square, Fruita. Proceeds will benefit the Services Learning Program.


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