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Health District Board Election on May 5, 2020

The election for the Health District Board of Directors is May 5. In 2020, two board positions are up for election, each with a three-year term.

The Health District of Northern Larimer County is governed by a five-member board whose members serve staggered terms. Members are elected at-large from the community, and elections are held every two years. Terms are usually four years. However, for the 2020 and 2022 elections, members will be elected to three-year terms as the State of Colorado transitions to an odd-year election calendar for special districts. Another election will be held in 2023, and board elections will occur in odd-numbered years from that point forward. Terms for members elected in 2023 and all subsequent election will again be four years.

Due to the pandemic, you are strongly encouraged to vote by mail, and ballots must be received at the Health District by 7:00 p.m on May 5. If you didn't request a ballot in the mail, there will be a polling place open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 5, located at the Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Road, near Drake and Shields in Fort Collins.

The Health District is a special district that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, preventive health, and advance care planning services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable health insurance and prescription options. For more information, visit the Health District's website at healthdistrict.org.
 
Health District Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 2020)

We're still here to help!

The Health District has made some changes as a result of COVID-19. Our main offices are closed, but many of our services are still available by phone or teleconferencing, including Mental Health and Substance Use Connections and CAYAC, Larimer Health Connect, Prescription Assistance, Advance Care Planning, and the Quit Tobacco program. The Family Dental Clinic is open and seeing patients with dental emergencies, and we are working on our plan to reopen for other procedures. For updated information on the Health District programs, visit the Health District website.

If you are feeling overwhelmed during the pandemic, call Connections at 970-221-5551, 8:00a.m. - 8:00p.m., daily. Emotional support services are available at no charge.

If you are in crisis, call the SummitStone Crisis Line at 970-494-4200, ext. 4, Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255, text TALK to 8255, or call 911.

Stay well, everyone!
 
Project Homeless Connect on April 10, 2020 -- Cancelled

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event providing free services and referrals to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

This year's Homeless Connect will be held on Friday, April 10, from 8:00am to noon at the Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Fort Collins. A BBQ lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Se habla espanol.

Free services include:
  • Basic Car Inspection
  • Bike Repair
  • Bus Passes
  • Children's Activities/Books
  • Clothing, Shoes, and Toiletry Items
  • Counseling
  • Dental Screenings
  • Eye Exams
  • Government Benefits
  • Haircuts
  • Housing Information
  • ID/Legal Services
  • Medical Screenings
  • Pet Services/Food (Pets Welcome)
  • Veterans Services

  • Some services may request identification, so please bring any identification you may have, such as a photo ID and/or two pieces of mail with the same address.

    For more information call 2-1-1 or go to murphycenter.org. More information is also available by stopping in at the Murphy Center.
     
    Mental Health Speaker Series in March and April, 2020 -- Cancelled

    Connections is hosting a free series on mental health education. The series runs on Thurs. evenings, March 12-April 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Health District offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive, in north Fort Collins.

    Topics include:
  • Thurs., March 12 -- Chronic pain, presented by Vickie Gerber, LPC, CACII, ADS
  • Thurs., March 26 -- Intimate partner abuse, presented by Cyndy Rehberg, LPC
  • Thurs., April 2 -- Female sexuality and well-being (note: mature content), presented by Dori Lewis, EdM, LPC
  • Thurs., April 9 -- Substance use: alcohol, presented by Danielle Willis, LCSW, LAC
  • Thurs., April 16 -- Grief and loss, presented by Tammy Brennan-Smith, LCSW and Danielle Rifkin, LPC
  • Thurs., April 23 -- Anxiety, presented by John G. Rowe, LCSW

  • Participants are welcome to attend one session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Emily at 970-530-2883 or eleetham@healthdistrict.org. For more information about the Connections program, go to the Health District website.
     
    Expanded Cholesterol Testing for Health District Residents (Feb. 2020)

    In recognition of American Heart Month in February, the Health District of Northern Larimer County is offering expanded dates and locations for cholesterol testing.

    These appointments provide an opportunity to learn about your heart-disease risk and to get suggestions on how to lead a heart-healthy life. A fingerstick blood test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose. During each 25-minute appointment, a registered nurse will run the cholesterol test and will also check blood pressure and provide health education materials.

    A list of screening dates and locations is available at www.healthdistrict.org/heart or by calling the Health District at 970-224-5209. Appointments are required; reserve your spot now!

    Testing is free for Health District residents; for those who live outside district boundaries, the cost is $15. The district covers the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes Fort Collins, Timnath, LaPorte, Bellvue, Wellington, and Red Feather Lakes.
     

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