Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 25, 2014

Free clinic appointments Thursday

The Good Samaritan free medical clinic is now accepting appointments on Thursday for its offices located at 634 Main St. in the Downtown Vineyard Church Offices.

Good Samaritan Clinic is open to the public.

and operated by volunteer medical professionals from our community. If you don’t have insurance, or have insurance but are still unable to afford a doctor’s visit, we are here to help. To schedule an appointment, volunteer to help, or send a donation, visit good

Talk about elderly and depression


A talk on Depression and the Elderly starts 10 a.m. Wednesday in the lower level of US Bank Building, 422 White Ave.

Karen Levad, executive director of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, will talk about contributing factors that increase the risk of suicide in the elderly and provide training to help caregivers know how to recognize and intervene when they fear that someone is potentially suicidal.

The workshop,sponsored by RSVP, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so call 243-9839 for reservations.

Doctor likes Canyon View center


Dr. Kevin Howell of Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care finished moving into new offices Monday at Canyon View Medical Center.

Howell is scheduled to start seeing patients today in the new space at 2373 G Road, Suite 270, under the auspices of Family Health West.

“I was looking for a better location and an updated facility in which to work,” Howell said. “That search ended with the construction of this new medical facility, which I am proud to be a part of,” Howell said.

In conjunction with the move, Howell announced a new partnership between himself and Family Health West.

“We are working together to be able to provide women’s health care to the entire valley,” Howell said. 

“Dr. Howell has an outstanding reputation for providing excellence in women’s health care. Family Health West will provide management of the business side of the practice so that he is able to more fully concentrate on his patients,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West president and CEO. 

Board Certified, Howell graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 1982 and entered medical school at North Texas State University in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the recipient of several awards in medical school and graduated in 1986.

He served his internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center from 1986 to 1987 and then his residency from 1987 to 1991.

During his residency, he trained at Harvard Medical School and was also the recipient of the Felix Rutledge Fellowship at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Howell served as the chief of residents in his final year of residency and won several research awards during his training. 

Following his training, he moved to Antioch, Calif., where he worked in private practice for four years before moving to Grand Junction.

Film series aids intelligence


A film about emotional intelligence shows tonight in Grand Junction at the Adventist Church located at Seventh Street and Mesa Avenue.

“All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go” presented by Bill Crawford runs 70 minutes and is the first in a series of movies on emotional intelligence that starts tonight at 6 p.m.

Three other films featuring Dr. Neil Nedley will be screened:

■ March 4 “Improving IQ”

■ March 11 “Enhancing Emotional Intelligence”

■ March 18 “Nutrition and the Brain”

New health law benefits moms


Colorado HealthOP, Colorado’s first statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative, reports that 20 percent of women enrolling in its plans are moms — women with at least one dependent.

Because the new healthcare law affords women with children more comprehensive healthcare options that are tailored to their needs, Colorado HealthOP is working to get more moms covered.

In 2011, 15 percent of Colorado parents were uninsured, according to data from Kids Count. Uninsured women are more likely to have inadequate access to care, get a lower standard of care when they are in the health system, and have poorer health outcomes, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The law has changed dramatically since 2011. Moms who qualify can apply for income-based tax credits to help cover the costs of insurance premiums, Colorado HealthOP said.

Moms can keep their children on their policy until their children turn age 26. They can be kept on the plan even if they are married, not living with you or eligible to participate in their own employer’s plan, according to HealthOP.

Colorado moms can shop for Colorado HealthOP health insurance plans on the state’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Go to to enroll.

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