Health Briefs: Memorial Regional Health awarded bid to provide services through the Moffat County Employee Health Clinic
The county medical provider will now also provide clinical services to Moffat County employees. County commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday accepted the recommendation from the county’s Employee Health Insurance Board to approve the low bid. MRH will take over operations in January.
Memorial Regional Health bid a little more than $167,000, plus the cost of prescriptions, lab fees and supplies, for 12 months. The winning bid was about $80,000 less than the only other bid, submitted by the clinic’s current operator, CareHere, a Nashville-based company that has provided services to county employees since the clinic opened in 2013.
The clinic was opened as a way to reduce the cost of employee health care and encourage county employees to seek more preventative care.
“It has created savings for us,” said Commissioner Frank Moe.
The county spent almost $100,000 to place a building at 551 Tucker St., where the clinic is located.
“Can we afford an extra building? I think these services could be offered in the new clinic in the future,” Moe said.
National Suicide Prevention Week underway
The week of Sept. 10 to Sept. 16 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide provides suicide prevention, intervention and “postvention.”
REPS is a volunteer coalition of community members invested in stopping suicide in the Yampa Valley and supporting those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Learn more at preservinglife.org.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Colorado Health Access Survey to be released this month
Be among the first to know how the Affordable Care Act is working in Northwest Colorado at the release of the 2017 Colorado Health Access Survey. The 10,000-person survey measures insurance coverage and access to care in the Centennial State. The Colorado Health Institute event will held at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Parkway, in Steamboat Springs, and at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at The Memorial Hospital, Conference Rooms A/B, 750 Hospital Loop, in Craig.
RSVP to coloradohealthinstitute.org/research/colorado-health-access-survey. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Affordable health screenings coming to Craig
Residents living in and around the Craig can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Screenings will be held Oct. 18 at the Craig Assembly of God Church, 1150 E. Ninth St.
Screenings can check for the following.
• The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to the risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
• HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
• Diabetes risk.
• Bone density as a risk for osteoporosis.
• Kidney and thyroid function.
Screenings are accessible for those using wheelchairs and who have trouble walking. Free parking is also available.
Packages start at $149, but consultants will work to create a package that is appropriate and within individual budgets.
Register by calling 877-237-1287 or visiting lifelinescreening.com.
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide seeks board members
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting life by providing the Yampa Valley with a group of trained volunteers, collaborative initiatives, educational programs, compassionate survivor-care and proactive suicide prevention.
The organization is expanding its board of directors to meet the growing need to increase fundraising and advocacy. The 2-year terms commence in January. REPS’s volunteer board strives to represent a broad spectrum of sectors in the community that include education, health, business, finance, legal, hospitality and more.
To learn more about REPS’s programs and request a board member application, visit preservinglife.org or email email@example.com.
Health care proposal unveiled by gubernatorial candidate
Democratic candidate for Colorado governor Cary Kennedy has unveiled a plan to tackle the state’s continuing health care problems by lowering the costs of coverage and care and improving accessibility for all Coloradans.
“Everyone in Colorado must be able to get the health care they need affordably. We can offer more choices, address the rural disparities in access and affordability and lower costs,” Kennedy said. “That’s why, today, I am proposing giving everyone in Colorado the ability to buy into our public health insurance plans. ”
Kennedy is proposing allowing Coloradans to buy into Medicaid (Health First Colorado) or the state employee health plan.
“I am making a promise to Colorado — we can do better. My plan advances bold solutions that will help Coloradans access affordable, high-quality health care services. We can do this here in our state, without waiting on Congress,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy’s plan proposed to lower premiums by increasing access to the most cost-effective health insurance in the state, encouraging competition in the marketplace and cutting costs across the healthcare system. All Coloradans, regardless of income, will be able to buy into Health First Colorado, the state’s Medicaid program, and the plans currently offered to state employees.
For full details on the plan visit carykennedyforgovernor.com/health-care-plan
Learn how to stop outbreaks during Food Safety Education Month
This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants people to ask “What Can I Do To Identify Contributing Factors for Outbreaks?”
Every year, an estimated one in six Americans (or 48 million people) becomes ill, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food. Some people are more likely to contract a foodborne illness — food poisoning — or become seriously ill.
To identify contributing factors, the CDC recommends investigators conduct environmental assessments of food establishments.
Learn more in their new fact sheet of findings and recommendations based on data from nearly 300 outbreaks reported to CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System.
Moffat County is showing a sharp increase in gonorrhea cases after years of declining incidents of the sexually transmitted disease.