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Health District Board Election Cancelled: Number of Candidates = Number of Open Spots

The Health District of Northern Larimer County has cancelled the May 8 election for board of directors after the number of candidates equaled the number of open seats. Three people filed for candidacy by the state-mandated deadline of March 3. They included one incumbent running for re-election and two newcomers.

The new and returning board members are:
    Michael D. Liggett, 67, Fort Collins, an attorney and partner in the law firm Liggett, Johnson and Goodman in Fort Collins. First elected to the Health District board in 2014, he currently serves as its president
    Molly Gutilla, 39, Fort Collins, an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University
    Joseph W. Prows, 36, Fort Collins, a physician with Associates in Family Medicine in Fort Collins
All three are expected to be sworn in at or before the next regular board meeting on May 22.

The Health District is governed by a five-member board of directors. Members serve staggered, four-year terms and are elected at-large from the community. Elections are held every two years in even-numbered years.

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.
Rabies Confirmed in Larimer County (March 2018)

As of March 2018, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that five skunks have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. The skunks have been found in Fort Collins, Wellington, and Carr.

Skunk rabies may pose a greater risk to pets and people because -- as ground-based animals -- they may interact more with people and pets than a rabid bat would. Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in bats and skunks.

If you see a skunk, bat, or other animals that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

The Department of Health and Environment reminds pet owners to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
    Mental Health Speaker Series, Feb. - April (2018)

    The community is invited to a free mental health education series, along with dinner, hosted by Connections. In this seven-week series, you will learn about important mental health issues in our community and how you can help yourself and others who may be dealing with these issues. Sessions will be led by licensed clinicians. Feel free to attend one or all of these.

    Topics include:
  • 2/28 Eating Disorders -- Learn about the complex issues surrounding eating disorders and how to bridge mind, body, and spiritual healing.
  • 3/7 ADHD -- An overview of depression in adults.
  • 3/21 Anxiety -- Learn what anxiety is and what to do about it. Strategies to prevent, minimize, and cope with the anxious mind.
  • 3/28 Opioids -- What does the opioid crisis look like in our community?
  • 4/4 Couples Communication -- Learn key principles in communicating as a couple.
  • 4/11 Trauma -- The effects of trauma in people's lives and on their brain.
  • 4/18 QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer -- Suicide information and prevention training.

  • Meets Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive in north Fort Collins. For more information and to reserve a space, email Brian at blothrop@healthdistrict.org. The series is hosted by Mental Health Connections, a partnership of the Health District and SummitStone Health Partners.
    Health District Offers Free Cholesterol Tests to Residents in Feb. (2018)

    To help northern Colorado residents keep track of their cholesterol, the Health District regularly offers cholesterol testing at locations across Fort Collins. During American Heart Month in February, the Health District will offer free cholesterol tests for people who are Health District residents (Fort Collins, Wellington, Laporte, and northern Larimer County).

    A fingerstick test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose. During each 20-minute appointment, a registered nurse runs the cholesterol test and also checks blood pressure and provides health education materials. The test itself takes about 5 minutes, and the RN will explain your results, assess risk for diabetes and heart attack, and provide follow-up recommendations.

    During February, cholesterol tests are free for Health District residents. Those who live outside of the Health District pay only $15. An 8-hour fast is recommended, and water and medications are permitted. For more information about testing times and locations, go to the Health District website. To schedule an appointment, call the Health District at 970-224-5209.
    Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Continues Through Jan. 12, 2018

    Larimer Health Connect is a free service that helps people find the best options for health insurance to meet their family's health needs and budget. Our trained staff provides free, impartial, in-person assistance finding health insurance, including plans from the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace. We can also determine your eligibility for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and CHP+.

    We can help you shop for coverage and complete the application process for health insurance offered through the Marketplace, as well as go over the financial assistance options that are available only through Connect for Health Colorado. We cannot offer advice on what plan to choose, but we can answer your questions about your options. To make an appointment, call 970-472-0444. Open enrollment for 2018 health insurance coverage is Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 12, 2018.

    With the headlines out of Washington, you might have questions about what the latest developments mean for you and your health coverage. Call us, and we can help.

    Larimer Health Connect is a project of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, a public special district dedicated to improving the health of our community. For information, visit the Larimer Health Connect website.

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