Briefs: Local Health September 09, 2008

Forum to address children’s issues

• Children’s issues will be the focus of a public forum from 6–8 p.m. Thursday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Topics will include health and education.
The forum will feature candidates running for state office such as Laura Bradford, Bernie Buescher, Steven King, Marcia Neal and Jill Brake.
The event is sponsored by Colorado Children’s Campaign, Every Child Matters and Great Education Colorado.

Health centers offer free screenings

• Mountain Family Health centers is conducting free health screenings this month throughout western Colorado.
The screenings are open to the public. Appointments are not necessary.
The screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and a heart disease risk assessment.
Fasting for appointments is best but not required.
Area businesses also may arrange for free health screenings for employees.
The screenings are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Aspen Community Health Services; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center; and from 1–7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale.
Additional screenings are from 12:30–6 p.m. Friday at the Glenwood Springs Rite Aid and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Sayer Park, weather permitting.
On Monday , screenings are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Glenwood Springs Health Department.
Health screenings in Rifle are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Rifle Public Health Department.
Call Sharla Gallegos at 618-3159 for more information.

Center seeks low-income veterans

• The Grand Junction Veterans Medical Center is looking for low-income veterans who could qualify for Medicare care based on income.
Currently, the income threshold for a single veteran with no dependents is approximately $28,000 and $34,000 for a married veteran.
Qualified low income veterans do not need to have a service-connected disability to receive care.
To be eligible for care, a veteran must have an honorable discharge.
For more information, call 242-0731, ext. 2407, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Hospice store needs donations

• Heirlooms for Hospice is seeking donations for gently worn clothing, antiques, furniture, home decorations, housewares, fashion accessories, books and other items.
All proceeds from the sales at Heirlooms for Hospice stores benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Heirlooms for Hospice has stores in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose.
Donations may be made at each Heirlooms store.
In Grand Junction, the store is at 635 Main St. In Delta, the store is at 263 Main St., unit 3. In Montrose, the store is at 435 East Main.
For more information call 254-8556 in Grand Junction, 874-6266 in Delta and 252-3648 in Montrose.

Colorado 18th for child immunizations

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its National Immunization Survey for 2007.
According to the CDC, 78 percent of Colorado’s children ages birth to 35 months were immunized, which is above the national average of 77.4. Colorado ranked 18th nationally.
The 2007 rate in Colorado represents an increase of more than 2 percent compared to 2006.
The vaccines used to measure immunization rates are: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), haemophilus influenza type B; hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella, polio; and varicella (chicken pox).
The highest-ranked states in terms of child immunizations is New Hampshire, Maryland and Connecticut.


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