Health Briefs, June 10, 2014

HopeWest expands services to Meeker

HopeWest, a comprehensive hospice and palliative care organization serving western Colorado, recently expanded palliative care services to Meeker.

Recognizing the need to provide services to the Meeker area, HopeWest created HopeWest Meeker through a partnership with Pioneers Medical Center. 

HopeWest Meeker is governed by a local advisory board under the guidance of the HopeWest board of directors.

The organization is made up of more than 30 volunteers, with leadership from the board and paid clinical staff under the supervision of Solveig Olson, program director.

“We are very excited to be expanding our organization providing transformational care to communities across western Colorado,” HopeWest President and CEO Christy Whitney said in a news release. “We knew that there was a need in Meeker and wanted to do all that we could to help the people of that area.”

Free, accurate AIDS test to be offered


Western Colorado AIDS Project, 805 Main St., will offer free HIV testing from noon to 6 p.m. June 27 in observance of National Testing Day.

The test is simple, highly accurate and fast — it can be used with a small sample of blood and is greater than 99 percent accurate, according to a news release.

Results are available in 10 minutes, which ensures that people know their status and can be immediately linked to care and treatment if necessary.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. with HIV/AIDS, more than 200,000 currently have the HIV virus but may be unaware that they are infected. These uninformed people account for 54 percent to 70 percent of the 56,300 new infections annually.

Each year in Colorado, between 400 and 500 people are newly diagnosed with HIV. There are roughly 350 people living with HIV on the Western Slope, the group reported.

Counselors talk about treating men


Only two out of 100 men seek outpatient help for depression. That’s why Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation is pleased to offer “Therapy with Men: A Cultural Divide?” from 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20 at the Clarion Inn.

This all-day, intensive training for mental health professionals features two nationally recognized experts on counseling men: Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D., who is a professor at California State University and co-director of the Center for Boys and Men; and, Jarrod Hindman, Suicide Prevention Unit Manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Counselors will learn about and discuss pre-conceptions regarding counseling, barriers to receiving services, stressors that contribute to decline in emotional well-being, and counseling techniques that have been proven to be particularly effective with men, according to a news release.

Call 243-9539 for information.


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