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Craig health briefs for Oct. 24, 2015: Residents encouraged to take health needs survey

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Yampa Valley Medical Center are seeking input about health needs in our communities. Residents can share their feedback by taking an online survey or attending community forums being held in Moffat and Routt counties.

Information from the Community Health Needs Assessment will be used to design programs and solutions to improve residents' well-being.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available until Nov. 15. Completing the survey makes you eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to City Market. To take the online survey, go to nwcovna.org/events.php. Paper surveys are available at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. All answers are confidential.

Residents can also share their input during the following community forums. The first 10 people to arrive at each forum will receive $25 gift certificates.

• 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites

• Noon Nov. 4 at Wellness Wednesday at The Journey

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• 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Clarion Inn & Suites. For Spanish speakers.

• 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Craig Community Leaders Forum at The Memorial Hospital

Medicare counseling available for seniors Thursday

Open enrollment for Medicare drug plans, or Part D, has begun and runs through Dec. 7. Medicare enrollees are encouraged to meet with a certified Medicare counselor to review their plan and ensure their prescription needs are being met.

A Medicare session will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bell Tower building at 50 College Drive in the computer lab on the second floor.

Medicare clients have the opportunity to review and switch drug plans each year during the open enrollment period. If you feel you're paying too much or your prescriptions aren't covered by your current plan, there may be better options available.

To make an appointment to review your plan, contact Betsy Packer at 970-819-6401.

Mobile Vet Center in Craig Thursday

The Mobile Vet Center will be in Craig from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Craig Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St.

The center offers readjustment counseling for vets who have served and and have now returned home. The centers are staffed by small multi-disciplinary teams of dedicated providers, many of whom are combat veterans themselves. The Mobile Vet Center program is maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Services to extend the reach of vet center services to rural communities, according to a press release.

For more information, contact the Fort Collins Vet Center at 9790-221-5176 or visit http://www.vetcenter.va.gov.

VNA offers drop-in flu clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following weekly flu immunization clinics:

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at 745 Russell St. in Craig

• 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 19 at Sunset Elementary School.

A one-time drop-in flu clinic will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Boys & Girls Club of Craig. All ages are welcome to the above clinics.

A one-time drop in flu clinic will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov 4 at Colorado Northwestern Community College for adults age 18 and older only. Flu, pneumonia and Tdap/tetanus will be available.

For all clinics, bring Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card. Low cost immunizations are available for uninsured individuals, and cash or checks are accepted. For more information, call 970-871-7624.

TMH Clinic offers flu immunizations

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic offers flu shots on a walk-in basis every day during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Payment is due at the time of service. If a patient has insurance and would like it to be billed through insurance, they can call to schedule an appointment with their provider.

VNA offers new group for moms-to-be

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer Becoming a New Mom from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18 at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

Participants will meet other expectant moms and learn about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The group will include information about prenatal care, eating healthy and making positive lifestyle changes, labor and delivery, infant care and postpartum changes. The program is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7670.

Pregnancy Center to host chili supper, silent auction fundraiser

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center's annual chili supper and silent auction will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Center of Craig. This year's theme is Celebrating New Beginnings.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, and cost $8 per person, $12 per couple, $20 for a family of 4 (additional children $2 each). Tickets are available at the Pregnancy Center and at the door. Call 824-5204 to reserve your tickets or for more information.

TMH offers $80 mammograms through month of October

The Memorial Hospital is offering $80 mammograms in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Women are advised to start getting yearly mammograms at age 40 to help with early detection of breast cancer.

Before scheduling a mammogram, patients need to get an order from their doctor. For more information, visit thememorialhospital.com or call 970-824-9411.

Grief support group will start in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a grief education and support group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 4 at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane.

The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. For more information or to RSVP, please call 970-871-7682.

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