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Free 8-Week Series for Parents Addresses Mental Health, Substance Use (March 2017)

The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Feb. 22 through April 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3, Fort Collins.

Topics include:
  • Feb. 22 -- What are psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists? -- Jan Warner, NP, Mountain Crest and CAYAC
  • March 1 -- Navigating the School System and CAYAC -- Sharon Kreider, Poudre School District and CAYAC
  • March 8 -- Anxiety -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • March 22 -- Substance Use in Schools -- Sgt. Jarad Sargent, Fort Collins Police Department
  • March 29 -- ADD and ADHD -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D., Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • April 5 -- Sexuality and LGBTQ Issues -- Kimberly Chambers, NoCo Splash
  • April 12 -- Depression and Suicide -- Elizabeth Sutphin, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC
  • April 19 -- Cutting -- Kristen Cochran-Ward, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC

  • Participants can attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, email Katherine, kchu@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners providing answers, options and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners and Poudre School District.
     
    Flu Cases Increasing Rapidly - But There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot (Jan. 2017)

    2017's flu season is taking off in Larimer County and across Colorado. So far this season, 26 county residents have been hospitalized with influenza - 21 of these have been since the beginning of the year. Visits to physician offices for respiratory symptoms are also increasing.

    This season the predominant type of influenza has been A(H3N2), which is likely to be more severe in older adults. The average age of local residents hospitalized is 58; the median age is 65. Six nursing homes/assisted living facilities in Larimer County have been affected. Some hospital systems have implemented restrictions on visitors.

    Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Larimer County Health Department Director, stressed that even though most influenza cases are occurring in older persons, people of any age can still get very ill from the flu - especially if they have health conditions that put them at risk for flu complications. That's why she recommends flu shots for anyone over 6 months old. The component in this year's vaccine against the A(H3N2) flu has changed from prior years' vaccines and should provide better protection.

    The Health Department recommends that those who have not yet had a flu vaccination get one soon, because it takes about two weeks to provide protection. The vaccine is especially important for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases. Vaccination is the best way to help prevent the flu. But it's also very important to wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading flu in schools and the workplace.

    For more information on flu and flu vaccination, go to the CDC website. For information on Health Department's immunization clinics, go to the Health Department webpage.
     
    Health District's Community Health Assessment (Nov. 2016)

    Every three years, the Health District collects information about the health-care needs of our community. We use this information to plan our programs and services, and we also share data with other organizations that are working to improve the health of local residents.

    This process is called the Community Health Assessment, and we need your input. The Community Health Survey was mailed to randomly selected households in Larimer County. The survey asks people a wide range of questions about their health and use of health-care services. The information is kept confidential. If you received the survey in the mail, we hope that you will participate! The survey can be mailed back or completed online.

    We also will host a series of open meetings in November to discuss local health-care issues, and you can tell us what you think about health care in our community. Forums are scheduled to get input from health-care providers, seniors, business leaders, mental health providers, the Spanish-speaking community and others. The forums are scheduled for Nov. 15-17. If you would like to attend one of the Community Health Forums, contact Katherine at kchu@healthdistrict.org or call 970-224-5209.

    If you have questions about the survey or the overall assessment process, please contact Sue Hewitt, Evaluation Coordinator at the Health District, shewitt@healthdistrict.org or 970-224-5209.
     
    Health Data on Health Tracker Website for Larimer County (Oct. 2016)

    Community organizations, students, reporters and interested county residents will find a useful source of health data from the Larimer Health Tracker website. This website can be valuable to those who previously relied on the Health section of the Larimer County Compass website, which was discontinued in 2012.

    The new tool can be found online at www.larimerhealthtracker.org and serves as a hub for Larimer County health data collected by local, state and national organizations. Overall, more than 700 health indicators are available, including selected socioeconomic and environmental measures that strongly affect a community's health status.

    While national and state health data resources currently exist, they can be difficult to find and to navigate. The Larimer Health Tracker provides a user-friendly way to search for specific health indicators, while also displaying the information by age, gender, income and education level, where available. The site includes results of the Health District of Northern Larimer County's triennial Community Health Survey, as well as Larimer County-specific health data from national and state data sets.

    In 2012, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment began conducting a comprehensive community-wide assessment of the health status of the community. This assessment was part of the initial phase of a five-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) headed up by LCDHE. In discussions with local leaders, human service agencies, and nonprofit organizations, the need for a centralized location for local health data was identified.

    Agencies in Larimer County rely on health data to identify areas of concern, assess gaps in services, as well as to support the need for funding to help fill those gaps. The Larimer Health Tracker has the ability to show historical trends over time, as well as compare local, state and national health indicators.
     
    Loveland Connect on Oct. 14 (2016)

    The fifth annual Loveland Connect will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 8:00am to noon at Truscott Elementary, 211 W. 6th St. This event is based on the national best-practice model called Project Homeless Connect that has been replicated in many communities across the country.

    More than 40 services will be offered for the homeless or near homeless at the Loveland Connect event. This event also provides an important opportunity for volunteers to interact with Loveland citizens who are facing homelessness or may be close to becoming homeless. Event guests are paired with a volunteer. The volunteer will walk with the guest through the event, starting with a shared meal, and then help access services available. Services include housing information, dental care or medical health screenings, bike repairs, and haircuts.

    To volunteer, please go to www.honservice.org/loveland-connect/ or contact the Community Partnership Office for more information at 970-962-2517.
     

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