Monday, September 22, 2014

Continuing Education Opportunity: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension

Spotlight Series: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation 

African Americans are significantly more likely than whites to be diagnosed with hypertension, yet are significantly less likely to achieve blood pressure goals despite equal or even higher levels of treatment.

Spotlight Series Features:
  • Live, hour-long presentations delivered during grand rounds at your institution
  • AHA-approved and trained experts in the field of cardiovascular health 
  • CME/CE accreditation provided by the American Heart Association through ACCME, ANCC and ACPE 
  • It’s free! There is no cost for your institution
  • Available Nationwide – Request a FREE CME/CE presentation at your institution today! Request here.

Walgreens and HHS partner to offer free flu shots in communities

Flu season is here and I would like to inform you of a partnership between Walgreens and the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) across the country to provide free flu shots to the underserved and uninsured.  Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota & Wyoming have been allocated 25,000 vouchers or free flu shots. Walgreens is working with groups throughout the market to develop a plan to best utilize these vouchers.  We want to help as many people in need as possible.

We are offering two options:
1.       Setting up an onsite flu clinic  
2.       Providing vouchers to hand out in your communities.
In the past, we have seen limited results by just handing out these vouchers. Therefore, we would love to set up an onsite flu clinic with your organization.

Who is eligible:
Anyone aged 7 and up that does NOT have insurance OR can NOT afford the flu shot.

Cost and liability:
There is NO COST to the patients or organizations.  Walgreens is donating the flu shots and payroll needed to staff the events.  Walgreens holds full liability for providing the immunizations. (See our standard immunization off site agreement attached - section 4.1. Disregard billing information as these clinics would be donations.)

How to set up a clinic for your group or obtain vouchers:

1.  Review the program with your group and determine if a clinic or vouchers would work best. We request clinics to have a minimum of 50 people.

2.  Choose the location, date and time for your clinic - IDEALLY prior to Nov 30th to maximize patient benefit from the shot (it takes 2 weeks to become fully effective)  If Monday thru Friday, we would prefer to have the clinic held between 2-4pm where ever possible.

3.  Contact Kristi Mihok, Walgreens District Pharmacy Supervisor, via email to finalize the clinic details and review any questions. 

If interested, please contact Kristi Mihok directly and just let her know you are working with Zach Taylor or Lorenzo Olivas at HHS.  In your email, please include the following:

1.      Estimation of the # of flu shots expected (so that we can staff accordingly)
2.      Location and potential dates/times for your clinic (we ask for atleast two weeks notice)
3.      Name of the main contact for your clinic, their phone and email address

Active community design guidelines explained in

New York City’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines, product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored program Fit Nation, offer examples and illustrations of design strategies that promote active living. Utilizing these guidelines for architecture, urban design, and planning can lead to increased use of active transportation, improved social cohesion, and a healthier population. The authors of the Active Design Guidelines will discuss its creation, share examples of implementation, and offer suggestions for how you can begin to implement actions to promote health in your building, block, or neighborhood in this American Public Health Association meeting. Register Now!

Eagle County hiring health workers

Eagle County Health and Human Services is accepting applications for a Health Promotion Coordinator. The position focuses on administering Eagle County Public Health and Environment's West Mountain Region Tobacco Education and Cessation Program and assisting with health equity work. Interested applications should apply online. The position is scheduled to close on Friday, September 26, 2014. Eagle County also is accepting applications for a Public Health Nurse Supervisor. Interested applicants should apply online. The position is scheduled to close on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Million Hearts in Colorado: Fall Focus on Healthy Eating

Although the weather is cooling off and children are back in school, the end of summer should not mean an end to healthy eating and physical activity efforts. Fall is the perfect time to focus on health before the hectic winter holidays. Need help? Visit the Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center on the Million Hearts® website. You’ll find hundreds of delicious, heart-healthy recipes as well as fresh tips for improving your diet. You can even download a calorie-controlled, 28-day heart-healthy meal plan with a printable shopping list.

Explore new recipes and resources on the resource center site.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. You can participate too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

Friday, September 19, 2014

FREE Self-Management Program for Older Adults with Chronic Disease in Colorado

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a six-week, peer-led, evidence-based workshop developed at Stanford University.

Through a grant held by the Colorado Department of Human Services, State Unit on Aging, this workshop is currently offered free of charge to Coloradans age 60 and older with a chronic health condition or age 18 and older with a disability

CDSMP gives participants the tools they need to set achievable goals, reduce stress, eat healthier foods and increase their physical activity. The program also cuts health care costs, reducing hospitalizations and physician visits.

Workshops are offered in counties across the state. For a full schedule, go to

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Funding Announcement: Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Lactation Support

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offers a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) and community-based public, private, nonprofit or faith-based organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support to African American and underserved (e.g. ethnic minority group or low-income) women and infants. The purpose of this project is to increase implementation of evidence-based and innovative breastfeeding programs, practices and services at the community level, specifically focused on peer and professional lactation support to breastfeeding mothers and to develop and maintain public health partnerships critical to building community support for breastfeeding.

NACCHO will make at least 70 awards for a two-year breastfeeding project. The Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Lactation Support (Breastfeeding) project is a 4-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase implementation of evidence-based breastfeeding programs, practices and services at the community level.

NACCHO is hosting two (2) optional webinars on September 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm E.T. andSeptember 26, 2014 at 9:30 am E.T. to discuss the funding opportunity and respond to questions. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the NACCHO website.

Click here to view the funding announcement.