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Garfield County is increasing efforts to get people vaccinated in the face of a hepatitis A outbreak in Colorado.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that typically affects drug users, people experiencing homelessness and men who are sexually active with other men. The risk of illness to the general public is low. It causes nausea and vomiting for weeks or even months. 

 

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Nearly half of all Colorado homes have levels of radon above the Environmental Protection Agency's standards. January is National Radon Action Month, and Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle Counties are offering free radon home test-kits.  

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Health-care cooperative Peak Health Alliance holds two meetings in the area this week as part of a Garfield County effort to lower insurance premiums for residents.  

Nonprofit Peak Health Alliance, which got its start in Summit County, bargains with health insurance carriers on behalf of its members, which include individuals and businesses. 

 

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Food contaminated with a chemical at a Colorado restaurant sent four people to a hospital. Hospital officials say the female customers of the Qdoba Mexican Grill in Glenwood Springs were treated and released Thursday.

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For those struggling with grief or mental health issues like depression, the holiday season can be particularly difficult. Jill Davis is a peer specialist with Mind Springs Health, which offers counseling services on the Western Slope.  

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One-third of Colorado teens report using tobacco, one of the highest rates in the nation, and more Western Slope youth are vaping than in many other parts of the state.

 

Now, Eagle County is joining a federal lawsuit against JUUL Labs and other electronic-cigarette makers that argues that manufacturers developed products specifically targeting children. 

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The Valley Health Alliance is a group of six of the largest employers in the Roaring Fork Valley. They've joined together to lower healthcare costs for employees and their dependents -- currently, about 6,000 people.

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Garfield County has one health insurance provider and one hospital, causing residents to sometimes pay more than their mortgage for basic health insurance. 

To help lower the costs, Garfield County’s Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed at last week's meeting to partner with Peak Health Alliance, a non-profit that helps communities bargain lower health insurance costs.

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the county paid $25,000 through a supplemental budget for research to find exactly what the county’s medical needs are.

Youth Mental Health First Aid has been offered throughout the Valley for about the last seven years. It is a course for teachers, parents or community members to learn what the warning signs are for different mental health illnesses and substance abuse crises in youth, and what they can do to help. 

Not only will they know what to look for, the course also teaches participants how to respectfully encourage those struggling to seek professional help. 

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In the 2016 documentary, Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, the impacts of screen technology on kids were explored, and it offered parents solutions to curb those impacts. 

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, dives into how time spent in front of a phone, computer or a videogame can impact a child’s mental health, especially when experiencing depression or anxiety, and what parents can do to help.

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At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, clocks fell back one hour. Many Coloradans may be enjoying that extra hour of sleep, but for others, it’s the time of year when the shorter days affect their mental health.

The end to daylight saving time is usually when some people start to struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or depression during the winter months. 

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What are insurance tax credits? What are cost-sharing reductions? How do people enroll in health insurance?

Health insurance open enrollment is November 1 - December 15. To make sure Valley residents are prepared for that upcoming enrollment period, Garfield County Libraries is partnering with Mountain Family Health Centers to teach residents what they need to know to enroll and pick the right plan. 

Health Insurance 101 will help answer any questions about eligibility, enrollment and what terms like tax credits and cost-sharing mean. 

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Health care costs and mental health are two areas of concern for Coloradans. That’s according to the Colorado Health Institute’s Health Access Survey results, released last week. 

35% of residents in the I-70 mountain corridor, which includes Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties, said they received a medical bill for services they thought insurance would cover, the highest in the state. 22% of residents in the region said they had problems paying medical bills in the last year. 

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Valley residents who work or live in Pitkin County are encouraged to take a mental wellbeing survey to help create the county’s mental health strategic plan. 

About 70 people have taken the survey so far. The survey asks about access to mental health services, what affects mental wellbeing and the mental state of people around them. 

Over the past 20 years, almost 200,000 children under age 18 have been shot.

 


Nearly as many attend schools where a shooting has taken place. Mass casualty events receive much of the attention — 60 percent of high school students say they are concerned that a shooting will occur in their school or community — but these actually represent just a fraction of the damage caused by gun violence. Along with physical injuries, the emotional impact of such trauma can be lifelong. This session opens with a video, followed by a conversation with children who have had personal experiences with gun violence.

Panalists: Ann Thomas, Olivia Wesch, Kayla Schaefer, Ke'Shon Newman, Ted Koppel