Health briefs: Connections 4 Kids hosts children’s oral health education opportunities

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— Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting a series of children’s oral health education opportunities in Craig, Meeker and Rangely for families and care providers, according to a press release.

Ashley Moon, registered dental hygienist and Cavity-Free at Three trainer, will present the workshops. Attendees will learn that children need healthy teeth and gums for talking, eating and smiling. There are simple things parents can do to help their children take good care of their teeth and have a healthy mouth now and in the future.

The next workshop is offered for parents and care providers of children of all ages from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Weiss Conference Room at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely.

The event includes a free meal, giveaways and continuing education hours for early childhood providers. Connections 4 Kids also is offering trainings to preschool teachers in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Those who wish to attend the workshop must register by calling Amanda Arnold at 970-824-1036.

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings for men and women, pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 or in Craig at 970-824-8233.

Free flu shots offered to veterans in Routt

American Legion Post 44, VFW Post 4264 and the VA Telehealth Clinic in Craig will be providing free flu shots for Routt County veterans from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Veterans needing flu shots should plan on getting their shots at this time. Not only do veterans get the flu shots free, there also will be an opportunity to learn about and sign up for VA health care. This is important, as VA health care meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act, so veterans enrolled in VA health care will not have to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.

The flu shots are free to all veterans, and no appointment is needed at the walk-in clinic. Also, you don’t need to be enrolled in the VA health care system. However, veterans should bring proof of military service or an American Legion or VFW membership card. Those serving in the reserves or National Guard also are eligible for free shots if their units were deployed to a war zone during a military conflict.

For more information on the flu shots or VA health care, call Mike Condie, Routt County veterans service officer, at 970-879-5489.

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