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Naqvi, Sullivan Elected to Health District Board of Directors (May 2016)

Faraz Naqvi and Deirdre Sullivan have been elected to the board of directors for the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Three candidates ran for two open seats on the Health District board. A total of 1,102 people voted in the special district election.

Naqvi, 55, is a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals. Sullivan, 41, is a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute at Colorado State University Extension. Both are residents of Fort Collins.

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 provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health and preventive health services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable prescription and health insurance options.
 
Election for Health District Board of Directors on May 3 (2016)

Three people are running for the board of directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. They will compete in a May 3 election for two open seats on the board.

Candidates are Robert Calhoun, 66, a licensed psychologist; Faraz Naqvi, 55, a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals; and Deirdre Sullivan, 41, a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute of CSU Extension. All three candidates are residents of Fort Collins.

The Health District is governed by a five-person board of directors whose members are elected to alternating four-year terms. Board members are elected at large by eligible voters in the district, which encompasses the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes the cities of Fort Collins, Timnath, Laporte, Livermore and Wellington. Elections are held every two years.

To be eligible to vote in the election, a person must be a U.S. citizen aged 18 years or older who is registered to vote in Colorado and is also a resident of the Health District. Non-district residents may vote if they or their spouse own property within the district.

Voting on May 3 will take place at two polling locations in Fort Collins: the Health District main office at 120 Bristlecone Drive, and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church at 4501 S. Lemay Ave. (corner of Lemay and Harmony).

People also may vote by mail, and all completed ballots must be received at the Health District by 7 p.m. on May 3 in order to be counted. To vote by mail, request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting an Application for Absentee Ballot, which is available on the Health District website. Ballots will be sent automatically to people who have voted in previous Health District board elections and who requested to be on the permanent absentee ballot list.

More election information, including details on obtaining an absentee ballot, as well as personal profiles provided by the candidates, is available at healthdistrict.org/2016-election.

The Health District is a public agency that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, and preventive health services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable prescription and health insurance options.
 
Health District Board of Directors Candidates Forum Set for April 6 (2016)

Candidates for the Health District of Northern Larimer County board of directors will participate in the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum at the Fort Collins City Council Chambers, 300 Laporte Ave., on Wednesday, April 6.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the audience are requested to arrive by 6:45 if they wish to submit any written questions for the candidates.

The forum will be shown live on Fort Collins City Cable 14 and will be repeated several times in the weeks leading up to the election. When available, the schedule will be posted at fcgov.com/cable14.

Running are Robert Calhoun, 66, a licensed psychologist; Faraz Naqvi, 55, a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals; and Deirdre Sullivan, 41, a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute at Colorado State University Extension. These candidates will compete in a May 3 election for two open seats on the Health District board.

To view candidate profiles and learn more about the election, including how you can vote by mail, visit healthdistrict.org/2016-election.
 
Project Homeless Connect on April 8 (2016)

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

This year's Homeless Connect will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 8:00am to noon at the Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Fort Collins. Breakfast will be available at 8:00am, and lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Participants will be paired with volunteers to help them navigate through the services during the event.

Free services include:
  • Bike Repair
  • Bus Passes
  • Children's Activities
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Counseling
  • Dental Screenings
  • Eye Exams
  • Food Basics Package
  • Government Services
  • Haircuts
  • Homeless Gear
  • Housing Information
  • 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 United Way 2-1-1 at 970-407-7066 or visit www.homeward2020.org.
     
    Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19 (2015)

    The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. By quitting - even for one day - smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.

    Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, or 1 in every 5 adults. In addition, about 13 million people smoke pipes or cigars.

    The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment you stop smoking. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. For general information from the American Cancer Society, go to www.cancer.org.

    Locally, the Health District of Northern Larimer County offers a tobacco treatment program to help smokers quit. We have six-week classes that are held periodically throughout the year on Wednesday evenings. The next class starts Jan. 20, 2016. If you don't want to wait for this class, give us a call because individual counseling is always available. For details about our Step Free from Tobacco program, call 970-224-5209. Or visit the Health District website.
     

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