Craig health briefs for Oct. 17, 2015: REPS to host training, Wellness Conference |

Craig health briefs for Oct. 17, 2015: REPS to host training, Wellness Conference

Lauren Blair

— Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hayden Police Station. Only a few spots remain. Call 970-846-8182 or email to register.

REPS will also host the 2015 Yampa Valley Wellness Conference starting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, co-sponsored by the Craig-Sheckman Family Foundation.

This year’s theme is “Building Resilience.” Keynote addresses will include:

● Cathy Barber, Harvard School of Public Health, on partnering with gun owners to prevent suicide;

● Deb Lawrence, Drexel University, on early childhood education;

● and Gail Desbourdes, Harvard Medical School, on compassion meditation.

Additional workshop sessions feature information on aging and memory loss, impacts of stress and trauma on developing brains, resiliency and religion, fetal alcohol and marijuana use issues, and the good, bad and ugly of college student decision-making.

Registration for the conference is free but a $25 donation is encouraged.

For more information or to register, visit

TMH hosts Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon Wednesday

The Memorial Hospital invites all breast cancer survivors, both those currently undergoing treatment and those who have won their fight with breast cancer, to a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital.

Nurse Navigator and breast cancer survivor Jackie Smith, Registered Nurse, and Certified Lymphedema Therapist Danika Friedley will speak about rehabilitation options that can help during and after treatments.

VNA offers drop-in flu clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers weekly flu immunization clinics from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at 745 Russell St. in Craig.

The VNA will also host a drop-in flu clinic at Sunset Elementary School from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 19. Cash or checks will be accepted.

One-time drop-in flu clinics will take place at the following times and locations:

● Noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Bank

● 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Boys & Girls Club of Craig

All ages are welcome to 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 clinics this week

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.

TMH Clinic will also host flu shot clinics from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No appointment is necessary. The cost for flu shots is $20 for the shot, $30 for the Flu Mist, and $40 for the Flu Block (for those with an egg allergy).

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.

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 or call 970-824-9411.

Medicare counseling available for seniors

Open enrollment for Medicare drug plans, or Part D, started last week 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.

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

A Medicare session will also be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Bell Tower building at 50 College Drive in the computer lab on the second floor.

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.

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