Health Briefs: April 17, 2012

Ariel-run hot dog cart returns today

Ariel Clinical Services will roll out its “Whaz Up Dawg!” hot dog cart for the first time this season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The cart will be in the east parking lot of the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 2936 North Ave. Youth in transition and adults with developmental disabilities learn vocational skills by operating the cart in the summer and offering various kinds of hot dogs, condiments, soda and chips.

The general manager and staff of the Grand Junction Rockies will join cart operators for the event.

Sprout Film Festival planned Friday


Mesa Developmental Services and The Arc Mesa County will sponsor a free film festival Friday at the Avalon Theater, 645 Main St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and a resource fair will be available before films begin showing at 6 p.m. The Sprout Film Festival is a New York-based nonprofit that promotes acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. The eight short films shown Friday will focus on people with developmental disabilities and/or had people with developmental disabilities involved in the film-making process.

Tickets are available in advance and are free whether purchased early or at the door.

Free medical screening clinic Saturday


Children under the age of 19 are invited to a free medical-screening clinic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Community Hospital.

Medical professionals at the hospital will evaluate children to see if they qualify for treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. Shriners Hospital provides free treatment for children with joint, bone or muscular problems, cleft lip or palate, or healed burns.

For information, call 242-2773.

Hospice volunteer session next week


Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado has scheduled an information session April 24 for people who want to volunteer with the organization.

The session will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room 101 at the Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St. Hospice is seeking volunteers who can provide massage therapy, pet therapy, administrative or office support, or patient and family support. Hospice also has volunteer opportunities in the Heirlooms for Hospice resale shop and warehousing and could use help with brochure delivery in the community.

Email Diane Dickey at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit to register.

GJ optometrist appointed to state board


Optometrist Dr. Parker L. Call of Grand Junction has been appointed to the State Board of Optometric Examiners.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment last week. Call will serve a term through April 15, 2016, on the board, which sets rules and regulations for giving eye exams. The board also conducts hearings and can suspend, deny, revoke or reissue licenses to Colorado optometrists.

Meeting set for primary care providers


St. Mary’s Hospital and Rocky Mountain Orthopedic Associates will co-sponsor a symposium for primary care providers and other health care professionals from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 765 Horizon Drive.

The conference will include a lunch, and attendees can earn continuing-education credits for attending the symposium’s musculoskeletal-disorder-based workshops. Diagnosis, management and treatment of disorders will be discussed in hands-on workshops, interactive sessions, case studies and live demonstrations, including a cadaver dissection and injection lab.

For more information, contact Beverly Eddy at 298-2572 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

45 to receive health care scholarships


The Colorado Health Foundation is offering a $1.75 million grant to the Colorado Area Health Education System to fund a scholarship program aimed at filling a shortage of health care professionals in Colorado’s rural and urban areas.

Scholarships will be awarded over a two-year period to 45 recipients. Twelve scholarships will be awarded to medical, pharmacy and dental students, and 33 scholarships will go to graduate students studying to be nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and behavioral-health professionals.

Scholarships will be worth up to $30,000 per recipient over two years. Recipients have to agree to work in rural or under-served urban areas for two years after graduation. Find information or apply for the scholarship at


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