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The Rural Communities Resource Center (RCRC) has been a fixture in Yuma for as long as most people in northeastern Colorado can remember. It all started nearly 30 years ago when five pregnant women from rural Colorado were planning home births and decided it would be beneficial to meet once a week to exercise, eat and educate themselves on natural births – breaking the isolation that these women often felt from living in a rural community.
While the San Juan Mountains convey the grandeur of Colorado, those living in this stunning region of our state are faced with a reality that befalls many rural Coloradans - a shortage of health care professionals that provide dental and primary care services.
“The impact the campaign had on the local community exceeded expectations,” explained Linda Zittleman, MSPH and associate director of HPRN. “The C.A.C. designed a program that tapped further into existing local resources and activated even more local residents. We’re still hearing stories of the effect of the program on people’s recent decisions to talk to their doctor about colon cancer prevention.
“The collaboration between the mental health treatment team and the judicial team makes a difference,” said DiMaria. “The combination of accountability and praise from the bench as participants complete the program’s six phases goes along way in increasing their self esteem.”
On May 31, 2006, the matriarch of a small, rural Colorado community suffered a stroke. Her life was saved due to an innovative new program, CO-DOC, the Collaborative Digital Online Consultant Telemedicine Program.
Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. A Caring for Colorado Grant helped Otero Junior College expand it's nationally certified nursing program to include new non-traditional students pursuing a nursing degree.
Inner City Health Center has been providing quality comprehensive medical and dental care as well as individual and family counseling to the uninsured for almost three decades. Founded in 1983, the Center has expanded from a small neighborhood clinic serving individuals and families in Five Points, one of Colorado’s poorest neighborhoods, to an award-winning community health care center with more than 51% of its patients coming from outside the city and county of Denver, including patients from Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties.
Public health services come to Lake City.
Situated among the stunning beauty of the rugged mountains and breathtaking mesas of southwest Colorado sits Uncompahgre Medical Clinic — a clinic on the forefront of offering a truly integrated model of health care by providing medical and dental care under the same roof.