Briefs for Feb. 27, 2013: State awarded grant for health care development |

Briefs for Feb. 27, 2013: State awarded grant for health care development

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center recently announced that Colorado was awarded $2 million in State Innovation Models initiatives funding. The funding will be used over the next six months to further develop a State Health Care Innovation Plan with a focus on improved integration of physical and behavioral health services.

According to the news release, specific areas Colorado will address include on-boarding of multiple payers and stakeholders in state health care transformation efforts; further developing plans to integrate physical and mental health services; studying ways to provide school-based mental health services; studying best practices of integrating health care for the homeless; and further developing global payment strategies.

The State Innovation Models initiative is a competitive funding opportunity that allows states to design and test multi-payer payment and delivery models that deliver high-quality health care and improve health system performance.

Students participating in reading program

Ridgeview Elementary School students will participate in the national reading event “Read the Most From Coast to Coast” this Friday.

Participating students attempt to break the record for the number of Accelerated Reader quizzes taken in one day. The event began last school year and established a record of 3,581,992 quizzes taken, which students will attempt to break this year.

Accelerated Reader is a reading management software program for K-12 schools that helps educators monitor and manage students’ reading.

“Students read a book at the appropriate level and then take a quiz on the computer,” said Shannon Samuelson, Ridgeview’s literacy coordinator, in a news release.

Samuelson said Accelerated Reader scores the quiz that assesses general comprehension of the book, monitors results and generates reports. Any students who participate in the challenge will be eligible to receive a certificate of national participation.

Educators, parents and others interested will be able to see the progress toward the national goal tracked in real time on Friday at http://www.renlearn/readthe For more information, contact the school office or Shannon Samuelson at 970-826-6473 or Jennifer Stagner at 970-826-6465.

Sporstmen’s Roundtable regional delegates set

Members of the sportsmen’s caucus for Northwest Colorado elected two delegates to represent the region at the statewide Sporstmen’s Roundtable next month.

Kenny Marcella and Jim Spehar, both of Grand Junction, were selected, with Brandon Siegfried as their alternate.

The roundtable, which meets biannually, gives 24 total members from the state an opportunity to discuss issues with wildlife officials pertaining to Colorado’s hunters and anglers. Roundtable delegates are meant to serve the hunters of the state and their region, and sportsmen are encouraged to contact them with issues they feel should be addressed at the Sporstmen’s Roundtable.

Marcella can be reached at 970-523-1479 or, while Spehar is available at 970-260-0484 or

Grand Futures seeking feedback from parents

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is collecting data on local parents’ beliefs and perceptions about the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youths. Survey results will help to inform youth substance use prevention efforts in Northwest Colorado. Parents who have children in middle school or high school are eligible to take the survey and are encouraged to do so. Moffat County parents can visit to take the survey.

Daffodil pre-orders accepted by VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is accepting pre-orders for Hospice Daffodils. Daffodils are $5 per bunch, $23 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. Online orders can be made at Flowers will be available for pick up on March 20, 2013. The daffodil sales generate a significant amount of annual operating revenue for the Hospice and Palliative Care program in Moffat and Routt counties. For more information, call Dervla Lacy at 970- 871-7603 or email

Craig Church of Christ Gospel meeting set

The Craig Church of Christ is hosting a Gospel meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday with Wayne Burger of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Burger will present a series of lessons titled “Sermons from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.” Meetings also will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. All are welcome. For more information, call Anton Fredrickson, minister for the Craig Church of Christ, at 970-824-3176.

The Local Artists Showcase Friday

The Local Artists Showcase (formerly known as the Variety Show) is at 7 p.m. Friday (March 1) at the Holiday Inn of Craig. The showcase will feature Northwest Colorado musicians. For more information, call 970-824-4791.

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