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HealthInfoSource Redesign Underway (Summer 2020)

The Health District of Northern Larimer County and Connections are excited to announce that the HealthInfoSource website is being redesigned. This website was originally launched back in 2003 to help the community find local health information and services, including behavioral health providers, medical providers and services, dental care, and more.

Fast forward more than 15 years, and we've seen huge technological advances. The use of cellphones and how we search for information, as well as the amount of information available, has changed tremendously. Although it's much easier to search for information, it's still not always easy to find what you need.

Focusing on what we saw as the area of biggest need, the redesigned site will emphasize local mental health and substance use services. The behavioral health system can be complicated to navigate, and the new site will help the public and providers alike find mental health and substance use care and resources in Larimer County.

Community members will be able to search for behavioral health providers based on criteria that may be most useful for them, including office location, insurance, populations served (such as veterans, LGBTQ+, etc.), whether a provider is accepting new clients, and more. Care coordinators and other professionals can make referrals and help their clients find resources by searching on type of care (IOP, MAT), treatment approach (CBT, DBT), and other criteria.

With the new site, HealthInfoSource staff will be better able to add resources as the needs of the community change, and we will be able to make changes to the site based on feedback from users.

Stay tuned, as more information will be available as we progress toward the launch date.
 
Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Larimer County (Aug. 2020)

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in northeast and southeast Fort Collins, Loveland, and Berthoud. Mosquito numbers are rising in many areas of the county. It's a good time to remind people to protect themselves from West Nile virus by taking steps to avoid being bitten, including using an effective repellent or staying indoors when mosquitoes are biting.

West Nile disease is a viral infection which is spread to people by bites from infected mosquitoes. Symptoms can range from none at all to severe illness. About 75 percent of people who are infected don't have symptoms; about 25 percent will develop West Nile fever. Less than 1 percent develop the more severe neuroinvasive form, which can lead to hospitalization, critical illness, chronic disability, or even death.

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment works with our cities, a mosquito abatement company (Vector Disease Control International, formerly Colorado Mosquito Control), and Colorado State University to monitor and assess the risk to Larimer County residents.

West Nile virus can be prevented. In addition to community mitigation efforts, such as larviciding, reducing water where mosquitoes can breed, and spraying for adult mosquitoes, individuals can remember to use the 4 Ds to help prevent West Nile virus disease:
  • Defend - Use DEET or other effective mosquito repellent. Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that has been proven to be effective against mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.
  • Dusk to Dawn - Avoid exposure during peak mosquito feeding times, from dusk through dawn.
  • Dress - Wear long sleeves and pants to keep mosquitoes from biting you.
  • Drain - Remove standing water in your yard or garden to minimize mosquito breeding areas.
  • For more tips on what you can do to prevent West Nile virus, visit larimer.org/westnile.
     
    Emotional Support is Available During the Pandemic (Summer 2020)

    Are you feeling overwhelmed by current events?

    Connections is offering a COVID-19 emotional support line for Larimer County. We are currently not taking office appointments or walk-ins during the pandemic, but our behavioral health specialists are available 7 days a week by phone at 970-221-5551 or by videoconferencing. COVID support services are available at no charge. In addition, we are also still available to help with other mental health or substance use concerns you may have.

    If you are in crisis, please call the SummitStone Crisis Line at 970-494-4200; Colorado Crisis Services, 1-844-493-8255 (or text TALK to 38255), or call 911.
     
    Health District Board Election Results (May 2020)

    Celeste Holder Kling and H. Faraz Naqvi have been re-elected to three-year terms on the board of directors for the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Eight candidates ran for two seats on the Health District board. A total of 1,998 ballots were cast in the special district election on May 5.

    H. Faraz Naqvi, 54, is a physician and businessperson. Celeste Holder Kling, 62, is an attorney and mediator. Both are from Fort Collins.

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

    Colorado is transitioning to an odd-year schedule for special-district elections, and board members elected in this and the 2022 election will have three-year terms. The new election schedule will start in 2023, at which time terms of office for newly elected members will revert to four 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.
     
    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 38255, or call 911.

    Stay well, everyone!
     

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