Craig health briefs Sept. 6, 2014: Suicide prevention class to be offered by CNCC |

Craig health briefs Sept. 6, 2014: Suicide prevention class to be offered by CNCC

Lauren Blair

Colorado Northwestern Community College will be hosting a suicide prevention class in conjunction with Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. The class will be open to the whole community as well as students and staff at CNCC. REPS Executive Director Meghan Francone will focus on a teaching known as QPR, which stands for “question,” “persuade” and “refer.”

Moffat and Routt counties historically have some of the highest suicide rates in the state.

“Suicide is not something that should be hidden under a rug or kept for the specialists,” Francone said in a phone interview. “We’re hoping to get that training out there and demystify suicide.”

For more information, contact Francone at 970-819-2232 or

The Memorial Hospital to host concussion presentation

The Memorial Hospital will host presenter Karen McAvoy, Doctor of Psychology, via WebEx from 7 to 8 a.m. Friday to discuss a community-based concussion management system know as REAP (Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate, Pace). Dr. McAvoy is the director of the Center for Concussion with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and is dually credentialed as a licensed clinical psychologist and a school psychologist in Colorado.

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of concussion, review the risk factors of concussion, understand the importance of early identification and the dangers of not recognizing concussion. Tools will be introduced to improve communication and collaboration between teams, and the newest advances in concussion treatment and rehabilitation will be reviewed.

This webinar will cover the required elements to meet the annual concussion education certification outlined by Colorado Senate Bill 11-040 and CHSAA.

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 and remain smoke-free during their pregnancy and after their baby is born will receive a monthly voucher for free diapers for up to 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.