Health Briefs, Sept. 18, 2012

Therapeutic art on display downtown

Art created by homeless veterans as part of the “Art in Transition” therapeutic art program will be on diplay from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Farmers Market.

Pieces will be displayed in front of Nepal Restaurant, 356 Main St.

“Art in Transition” is made possible through a grant from the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Catholic Outreach’s St. Martin Place teamed with local artsits to give former homeless veterans who live at St. Martin Place an opportunity to experience art therapy and hands-on workshops.

Summit for medical treatment of soldiers


The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center will sponsor “Understanding the Sacrifice: Caring for Brain and Psychological Health Injuries” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The summit is targeted at medical and behavioral health care professionals but teachers, parents, coaches and others are invited to attend and learn about brain and psychological injuries of returning troops. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, James Kelly of the U.S. Department of Defense, Col. David Sutherland and AspenPointe Chief Operating Officer Kelly Phillips-Henry will speak at the event.

Registration is available at Call 244-8400 or 1-888-217-1215 for information.

Student wins health scholarships


Heather Ford of Grand Junction will be recognized for winning a $30,000 Health Professions Scholarship from The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center during a banquet March 2 at the Downtown Denver Marriott.

The scholarship will help Ford pay for tuition and fees in a health profession program. She is enrolled in the Master of Science Nursing Program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She intends to work as a nurse practitioner in Mesa County after graduation.

Forty-five students will benefit from the scholarship fund during a four-year period through a $1.75 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. Scholarship recipients must agree to practice medicine for at least two years after graduation in a rural or under-served urban area in Colorado and commit to service-learning activities and community-oriented projects.

Women’s wellness workshop Sept. 30


Sacred Women’s Wellness Workshop is planned from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Movement Therapies Studio, 2232 N. Seventh St.,  No. 8.

The workshop costs $80. Session topics include divine intervention for weight management, Reiki and homeopathy use in menopause, and healing energetic techniques for navigating the 2012 shift. The workshop will be sponsored by Linda Nelson, Karmel Astarae, and Kamala Easton.

Registration is required. Call Astarae at 434-7191 to register. Visit for information.

New dental practice opens in GJ


Dr. Nate McKnight opened Yes! Dental in June at 2640 Patterson Raod, Suite 2.

The practice is open to the public Monday through Friday and has weekend and evening hours by appointment. Yes! Dental accepts most insurance providers, including CHP+ and Medicaid.

For information, call 241-4973.


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