Presentation addresses health inequities facing people with disabilities
The community is invited to a discussion about inequities in health services for disabled people who also face challenges related to race, sexual orientation and gender identity. The free event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave. The event will feature a recorded presentation by Lydia X. Z. Brown, past president of TASH New England, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and a board member of the Autism Women’s Network. A facilitated discussion will follow. Northwest Colorado Health is hosting the presentation in partnership with the Colorado Trust. A light dinner will be provided. Learn more at northwestcoloradohealth.org/events. For more information or to request child care or Spanish translation services, call 970-871-7634.
Choose When Event to be held March 15
Focus on Women will introduce its first project, Choose When, during an event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Library Hall, 1289 Lincoln Ave. Choose When will provide long-acting, maintenance-free contraceptives (IUDs and hormonal implants) to women in the community who cannot afford it. It will operate in partnership with Northwest Colorado Health, Planned Parenthood and Yampa Valley Medical Center/Yampa Care for Women. Focus on Women is a new organization that unites the community to share information about issues affecting area women. The vision is that, two to three times per year, the group will meet to talk about issues affecting women in Northwest Colorado. Focus on Women will act as a forum for ideas and discussion and will become an incubator for local projects that benefit women. All community members are welcome. For more information, visit facebook.com/choosewhensteamboat.
Daffodils fundraiser on March 14 benefits Hospice
Hospice Daffodils will be available Tuesday, March 14 at City Market, Ace at the Curve, The Clark Store, Bonfiglio Drug and Northwest Colorado Health. Daffodils are $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care program, which cares for and supports patients nearing end of life in the Yampa Valley. For more information, call 970-871-7609.
Colorado reports an increase in mumps cases
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment alerts parents and healthcare providers about an increase in mumps cases. The outbreak is currently focused in the Denver and Aurora areas. There has been a large increase in mumps cases nationwide, with outbreaks reported in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Washington and Illinois.
Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling of salivary glands, a low-grade fever and headache. Some people with mumps have no symptoms. Severe complications from mumps are rare but can include swelling of the brain, inflammation of the ovaries or testicles or deafness.
Parents are urged to contact a healthcare provider if their child develops swelling of the glands around the ears or neck. Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella, or MMR, vaccine are recommended for children, with the first dose at age 12 to 15 months and the second at age 4 to 6.
Parents of school-aged children in Colorado are asked to review their children’s immunization record; children not up-to-date on MMR vaccination could be excluded from school for 25 days or more if mumps cases are reported in their school. Those needing assistance in locating their child’s immunization record should contact their health care provider, or call the Colorado Immunization Information System at 303-692-2437 or 1-888-611-9918.
People who have received two doses of the MMR vaccine are about nine times less likely to contract mumps than unvaccinated people when exposed. Anyone born during or after 1957 who has never had mumps or has never been vaccinated is at risk for mumps. Such people should get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine. Two doses are recommended for adults at increased risk, such as students in college, trade school and training programs, international travelers and health-care professionals. For more information about mumps vaccine, visit vaccines.gov/diseases/mumps.
Northwest Colorado Health offers all routine and recommended vaccines, including travel vaccines. To make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.