Health briefs: YVMC and VNA partnering on health needs assessment
Steamboat Springs — YVMC/VNA health needs assessment begins
Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association are teaming up to conduct a community health needs assessment this fall.
The groups are working with HMA Community Strategies to gather information and publish an assessment that will serve as a guide for planning and implementation of healthcare initiatives.
“This unique collaboration between YVMC and VNA reflects our belief in the importance of working together to better understand healthcare needs in Northwest Colorado,” said Frank May, YVMC CEO. “This assessment will include a wide range of stakeholders in a formal process to ensure that our strategic focus is to improve the health and well-being of people in our communities.”
Along with primary data solicited from stakeholders, the assessment will dive deeper into specific indicators that measure health and wellness, economic drivers, education, public safety and social environment.
Area healthcare partners, local officials, community leaders and residents of Routt and Moffat counties will be invited to participate in focus groups throughout October. Times and locations can be found on the YVMC website under calendar of events.
Once completed, the full assessment and implementation plan will be made publicly available on the YVMC and VNA websites and available for community planning.
Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly
Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley (pwr4life.org) and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: parkinsonsnetwork.org) to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness. 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.
Classes are free. Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887 for more information.
Drop-in flu clinics planned:
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has a series of drop-in flu clinics planned in the coming weeks across Routt County.
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, until further notice
Steamboat Springs High School, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Tuesday through Oct. 27
Clark Store, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Hayden Town Hall, 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13
South Routt Elementary, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14
Soda Creek Elementary, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21
All clinics are all ages. Please bring Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card. Low-cost immunizations available for uninsured adults. Cash or checks accepted.
For more information, call 970-871-7624.
Support groups meeting this week:
• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 before attending your first meeting.
• A Christian support group for parents of children have been called home by God is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 27441 Brandon Circle. For more information, call 970-870-7879.
• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.
• A depression, anxiety and bipolar support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. The group provides support, education and tools to help with everyday life. Family and friends are welcome. Call 970-819-6751 for more information.
• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.
• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is for those who have lost a loved one or friend.
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