News brief for Oct. 22

Boys and Girls Club receives grant

Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by disease, disability and death.

According to the Institute of Medicine's 2002 groundbreaking report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, "although myriad sources contribute to these disparities, some evidence suggests that a trend in bias, prejudice and stereotyping on the part of health care providers may contribute to differences in care."

A new $13 million, seven-year Colorado Trust grantmaking initiative seeks to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in Colorado.

Under The Trust's Equality in Health Initiative, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions across the state selected as recipients will work to bring about improvements in one or more of the following areas: equality in treatment in medical services, equal access to care, equal environmental conditions and healthy behaviors among racial and ethnic minorities.

Through a competitive process, 14 grantees from across the state have been selected to begin the work of this initiative.

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will receive a grant from the Colorado Trust averaging $60,000 annually for five years.

The grant awarded to the BGCC will fund a new coalition of organizations known as Northwest Colorado Coalition for Equality in Health (NCCEH). NCCEH is a collaborative coalition of service agencies providing innovative care and education in response to health needs of racial and ethnic minority populations.

The Coalition's program is a combination of new and existing services with an emphasis on making resources and services accessible to racial and ethnic minority populations.

Partners in NCCEH include Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), Colorado State University (CSU) Moffat County Cooperative Extension and Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community (Integrated Community). The BGCC will serve as the fiscal lead agency for this initiative. Colorado State University (CSU) Moffat County Cooperative Extension will provide overall project management.

DOW offering reward in poaching case

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to arrests in a Rio Blanco County poaching case.

The incident occurred around Oct. 9 on Rio Blanco County Road 5 in the Piceance Creek Basin between Rifle and Meeker. Several deer and elk were shot and left to waste on private land near the road.

Anyone with information regarding these big-game poaching incidents can call the Meeker DOW Office at (970) 878-6090 or call the Operation Game Thief hotline toll-free at 1(877) COLO-OGT (1-877-265-6648).

Callers may remain anonymous, and tipsters are not required to testify in court.

Advocates seeking volunteers for program

Advocates Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence/sexual assault program. A 40-hour training is required and will be starting in November. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

The Visiting Nurse Association is seeking women 40 to 63 years old who have not scheduled a mammogram or women's health exam because of income restrictions. Women who need to schedule appointments should call the VNA at 824-8233 or 871-7659.

If you served in the Vietnam or Korean wars and were exposed to Agent Orange, you need to get on the Agent Orange registry. Visit the Veteran's Service Office at the Colorado Workforce Center or call 824-3246, ext. 23.

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