Health briefs: Dr. Michelle Jimerson becomes partner at YVMA
Steamboat Springs — Dr. Michelle Jimerson Becomes Partner at YVMA
Michelle Jimerson, MD, MPH, has been named a practice partner at Yampa Valley Medical Associates, PC. Dr. Jimerson is a graduate of Stanford University, New York Medical College, University of Sydney School of Public Health in Australia and the St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Grand Junction. She has been with YVMA for two years and joins current partners, Drs. Borgerding, Harrington, Kempers, McCaulley, Orton and Petersen. YVMA is a full service family and internal medicine clinic providing one medical home for the entire family, from newborn to geriatric care.
Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low-income, eligible adults. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50. Individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier. A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-879-1632.
Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunization clinics from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. These are available by appointment with the VNA’s travel clinic: 970-879-1632.
Shingles vaccine available
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has Zostavax vaccine available to prevent shingles. It is recommended for adults who are 60 and older. It also is available to adults 50 and older with a doctor’s prescription. Zostavax and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunization clinics from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Appointments also can be made by calling 970-879-1632.
Residents may qualify for health insurance coverage
If you have had any of the following life change events in the last month, you may qualify for health insurance (reduced-cost plans) through Connect for Health Colorado outside the open enrollment period:
• Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.
• Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.
• You changed jobs and lost employer-sponsored insurance.
• You gained citizenship or immigration status.
• You experienced a change in incarceration status.
• You moved to Colorado.
You can apply for health insurance through Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus year round. For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-1632.
VNA offers Well Body class
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers a Well Body class, noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101.The class helps participants achieve their health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes. The class is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7634.
VNA holds divorce support groups
The Northwest Colorado VNA is hosting a support group for adults coping with divorce. Meetings will focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. The meetings will be offered twice on Tuesdays: Noon to 1 p.m. The meetings will be at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.
The VNA also will host a support group for middle school-age students coping with divorce. Dates and times to be determined. For more information, call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628.
Measles vaccination recommendations
The United States is experiencing a multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December 2014. Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. The CDC recommends the following individuals receive the vaccine:
• All children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12 to 15 months old and the second dose at 4 to 6 years old. Special vaccination recommendations may apply to infants and children travelling internationally.
• Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (documentation of adequate vaccination or having had the illness) should have one or two doses of the MMR vaccine, depending on their risk. Teens and adults who are in a post-secondary school, work in a health care facility or are planning international travel have a higher risk of exposure and should have two doses. Children and adults can receive the second dose 28 days or more after the first dose.
For more information about measles vaccination, go to http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination. The MMR vaccine is available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
VNA immunization clinics
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides low-cost immunizations to adults and children. These include vaccines for flu, measles, mumps and rubella, chicken pox, shingles, pneumonia, HPV, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B. Individuals also can receive TB testing at the VNA. Immunizations or TB tests are available by appointment or during drop in clinic hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
VNA offers options to help you quit tobacco
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has multiple options available to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users address complex factors of nicotine addiction that make quitting very difficult.
Smoking cigarettes or using chew, snuff and other types of smokeless tobacco can have serious, potentially fatal, heath consequences. Tobacco cessation support can significantly improve a person’s chances of quitting for good. All services are free and available in English and Spanish.
• The VNA offers one-on-one counseling with a Tobacco Cessation Counselor and a Tobacco Free support group. Call 970-871-7338.
• The Colorado QuitLine provides cessation phone or online support. Free nicotine patches and gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to http://www.coquitline.org.
• CO Quit Mobile provides personalized text message support. Sign up at http://www.coquitmobile.org.
Baby and Me program helps pregnant women be smoke-free
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant moms quit tobacco with four prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives. Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and infant death. Program participants who quit smoking and remain smoke free throughout their pregnancy and after their baby is born receive monthly vouchers for free diapers, for up to a year. For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.
VNA offers birth control, STD screenings
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center offers low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), Pap tests, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. Women age 40 to 64 may qualify for free Pap tests and breast exams. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.
VNA offers free cardiovascular screenings
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides cardiovascular screenings, including blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol panel, glucose screening and personalized education regarding a person’s risk for heart disease. There is no charge for the service. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-871-7634.
Weight-loss kiosk at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby.The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at the kiosk. Between weigh-ins, they receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss barriers.
Participation is free. The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.
Casey’s Pond Senior Living in need of bingo prizes
Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.
Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.
Parkinson’s exercise class on Fridays
The Parkinson’s exercise class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley (www.pwr4life.org) and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: http://www.parkinsonsnetwork.org) to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms (eg., dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia, voice softness). The class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices, and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.
The classes are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. Use the alley entrance. Occasionally, the classes will be held at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
The first class is no charge, and after that, it’s $10 for drop in and $80 for a 10-punch card. Care partners are no charge. Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or email@example.com or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887.
Planned Parenthood can help with annual exam costs
Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.
Tai chi classes offered through Aging Well program
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program is offering a tai chi class at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Tai chi helps strengthen bones and muscles, improve balance and confidence, reduces stress and encourages relaxation. Tai Chi for Health: Practice the Art is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays with Nancy Smith. The classes are free, but a $3 donation is suggested. For more information, call 970-871-7676.
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