Health briefs for Aug. 2, 2014: Visiting Nurse Association seeks new board members

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is accepting applications for new board members.

The Board of Directors meets monthly and works toward the agency's mission of improving quality of life for all Northwest Colorado residents by providing comprehensive health resources and creating an environment that supports community wellness.

For more information or to get an application, contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7606 or kyeager@nwcovna.org.

The Memorial Hospital welcomes new surgeon

The Memorial Hospital will host a meet-and-greet event for the community to meet their newest team member, General Surgeon Dr. X. Alexis Driggs, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Most recently working in Oakland, California, Driggs will provide a number of surgical opportunities for Northwest Colorado residents, with a specialty in laparoscopic procedures. Her first day at TMH was July 30.

For more information, call 970-824-9411.

Life-change events can impact insurance eligibility

Colorado residents who have had a life-change event in the past month may qualify for health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado outside of the open enrollment period.

Among the possible conditions:

• Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

• Your previous insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

• You changed jobs and lost your employer-sponsored insurance.

• You gained citizenship or immigration status.

• You experienced a change in incarceration status.

• You moved to Colorado.

For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-7664 in Moffat County or 970-871-7638 in Routt County.

Visiting Nurse Association offers incentive for new mothers

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

The free program offers prenatal smoking cessations sessions. Expectant moms that quit smoking, stay quit during their pregnancy and stay smoke-free after their baby is born will receive a monthly voucher for free diapers, for as many as 12 months.

For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.

VNA offers Tdap vaccine

The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a toxin made by bacteria that’s commonly found in soil. Tetanus does not spread from person to person. The bacteria enter the body through breaks in the skin — usually cuts or puncture wounds.

Tetanus vaccination is recommended for everyone and should be repeated every 10 years. Immunizations including Tdap and other routine recommended vaccinations are covered by insurance.

If you are uninsured, the cost is $21.50 per shot. To make an appointment, call 970-824-8233.

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