Health Briefs: Connect for Health Colorado chief executive honored for contributions to community |

Health Briefs: Connect for Health Colorado chief executive honored for contributions to community

DENVER — Connect for Health Colorado CEO Kevin Patterson was recently presented the Vikki Buckley Award during the Civil and Human Rights Dinner hosted by the African American Voice newspaper.

“I personally believe in the importance of publicly acknowledging and encouraging those leaders that are making a positive difference in our lives. By making the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act available to our community, Kevin is truly making a difference,” said James Tucker, publisher of the African American Voice in presenting the award, according to a statement from Connect for Health Colorado.

Victoria “Vikki” Buckley was a Denver native who overcame challenging circumstances early in life to be elected to statewide office. She was a single mother of three who relied briefly on welfare benefits before completing her education and launching a successful political career.

She was in her second term as Secretary of State — the only African American woman to hold the office — when she died of a heart attack in 1999 at age 51. Then Gov. Bill Owens described Buckley as “a rising star that believed in making government work for people,” according to the statement.

Sunset Meadows prepares Nifty 90s celebration

Staff members at Sunset Meadows are preparing the annual Nifty 90s Birthday Celebration for residents who are 90 years old and older. This year’s celebration is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 10.

Myranda Marshall, office assistant at Sunset Meadows, said the celebration includes dinner, desert, prizes, songs and other activities. The theme, she said, will revolve around superheroes.

“They love it,” Marshall said of the residents. “They’re usually excited for the parties.”

Marshall said that the whole community is invited, but that people should call 824-3660 in advance. She said people can also make financial donations for the celebration, or donate gift cards and other small gifts.

Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

· Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.

· Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

· Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.

· Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, go to (type “insect repellent” in the search box).

West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, go to Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, go to

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