Craig health briefs for Sept. 12, 2015: VNA seeking volunteers |

Craig health briefs for Sept. 12, 2015: VNA seeking volunteers

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers interested in helping with events and other needs throughout the nonprofit health organization.

Opportunities include assisting with upcoming fundraisers, sharing crafts and activities with seniors at The Haven Assisted Living Center and helping with administrative duties or landscaping and maintenance at The Haven.

Volunteers also are needed to assist the hospice program. They may provide support to hospice patients (training required) or assist hospice families by making meals or running errands.

Positions can be tailored to volunteers’ unique skills and experience. For more information, visit or call VNA volunteer coordinator Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

TMH Mini Med School course under way

Wish you had chosen a medical career or at least paid a little more attention in science class? Want to better understand the terminology, technology, and treatments that the medical profession is using these days?

University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a Mini Med School hosted by The Memorial Hospital, which will kick off at 7 p.m Wednesday in the TMH conference rooms. The free eight-week program will cover topics such as killer T-cells, antibodies, new drugs and cancer breakthroughs.

All courses are taught by CU Denver medical professors via live-stream feed from Anschutz Medical Center. Classes are designed to make you more knowledgeable and excited about the human body, and help you take charge of your own health.

Those who attend at least five of the eight sessions will receive a diploma. Presentations last for one hour on a specific topic, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The program is free and open to everyone, however those over the age of 13 generally have the best learning experience.

To register, visit, or for more information, contact Jennifer Riley at 970-826-3109.

Class topics and faculty are as follows:

• Sept. 16 — Understanding your sleep — Michael Weissberg, M.D.

• Sept. 23 — Fall break (no lecture)

• Sept. 30 — Revealing genetics — Matthew Taylor, M.D., PhD

• Oct. 7 — Caring for seriously ill and dying patients — Daniel Johnson, M.D.

• Oct. 14 — A day in the life of a pediatrician — Jennifer Soep, M.D.

• Oct. 21 — Hypertension: Understanding the silent killer

• Oct. 28 — How thyroid disorders affect your health — Michael McDermott, M.D.

VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program hosts a grief education and support group at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month. The group has moved its meetings from Thursdays to Tuesdays effective this week.

Meetings take place at various venues. Anyone interested in attending should call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

Pregnancy Center offers printer cartridge recycling program

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center would like to help you help the environment and raise funds for the center by recycling your used inkjet and laser cartridges.

Individuals may drop off their cartridges at the Pregnancy Center at 25 W. Victory Way from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Pick-up boxes will also be available at the Community Budget Center 555 Yampa Avenue and Cornerstone Realty 508 Yampa Avenue during their normal business hours.

The center can also arrange mutually convenient times to pick up used cartridges for businesses, churches and other organizations. If interested, please call Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, 970-824-5204.

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