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Yippy Skippy!

After a brief winter hibernation, Skippy is well rested and back in action for the Spring semester. With all the planning and coordination that Skippy requires it doesn’t even feel like it ever stopped, for me anyway. That’s probably because of the new enhancements the program is piloting this Spring semester. Haven’t you heard? Lots has been happening since the Fall semester.

Skippy Dental, now Skippy+, is going to provide X-Rays, exam by a virtual dentist, enhanced cleanings and restorative care (fillings and interim therapeutic restoration), all from your child’s participating school! Of course, these new services will be in addition to regular services Skippy provided since 2008: sealants, fluoride, cleaning and a take home goodie bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Skippy+ is set to roll-out into Telluride Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School as well as Naturita Elementary/Middle schools, in May. Any child that signed up for Fall Skippy will be automatically enrolled this Spring. If you missed the boat, grab a consent form from the school administration and return before the clinic.

It’s vital your child maintains a 6-month dental check up with a local dentist. Whether that is a dentist with our Skippy program or another local provider, he or she needs to have their teeth checked regularly to ensure a healthy mouth. It isn’t always easy to keep up this habit and that’s why Skippy is here to help. Our partnering schools are strong supporters of Skippy and recognize the importance of maintaining access to dental care. Without Skippy, many of our local children would go without their 6-month checkups! Many parents have shared how easy it is to have their child see a dentist in their school. Skippy helps parents avoid driving for dental care in addition to taking time off work and school. Through Skippy, these students receive their necessary dental care and are back in their classroom in about 30 minutes! With the convenience of the program, it’s no wonder kids and parents say, Yippy Skippy!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

The room was completely quiet—a surprise given the variety of people in attendance. Teachers, advocates, counselors, and elected officials are often not left speechless. At least one person was visibly crying and the rest were on the verge of tears. There were 8 of us together for an all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training.… Continue Reading

Getting Past Public Speaking Anxiety

We surveyed the block before we turned. To the left, I see upturned sidewalks, cars on blocks, broken swing sets and dilapidated kids toys. To the right, I see mostly fences, which to me means dogs. We turn left. I am canvassing one of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods with another woman, Dawn, who is about my… Continue Reading

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and in honor of this occasion Tri-County Health Network would like to highlight its effort to combat heart disease in our rural, underserved region. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. — 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Fortunately,… Continue Reading

Guiding Through Enrollment

I was not sure what to expect when Open Enrollment began. As the newest Health Coverage Guide (HCG) with Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork), all I could think of were the horror stories from last year’s enrollment period. Hours on hold with Connect for Health Colorado fixing technical issues, dealing with aggravated clients, lost usernames and… Continue Reading

Navigating Options for Our Elders

All of us witness and experience aging. When we are younger, our lives are filled with work, play, children and more. Aging does not seem to impact us personally unless we have an aging family member or loved one. At some point in our lives however – aging becomes a very personal affair and one… Continue Reading

You Only Get What You Give

This past month, Tri-County Health Network competed in Telluride Gives, an online giving campaign designed to unite the Telluride community to give back to local nonprofits who improve the quality of life for everyone in the region. This was a big campaign for us since this is the only time of the year we solicit… Continue Reading

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Tri-County Health Network wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people… Continue Reading

Can an old dog really learn new tricks?

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a “Learning Session” attached to one of our many grants. Grant funds pay for all of the programs that we administer or undertake for the communities we serve, here, in southwest Colorado. In this case, the “learning” was 2-days of working with other community health organizations that had… Continue Reading

Notes from the Field

    At the Tri-County Health Network, we invest the bulk of our energy in community engagement and, in this regard, statistics can only tell part of the story. In this monthly series, which we fondly refer to as “Notes from the Field,” we hope to bring personal stories of community engagement from “our boots on the ground”—our… Continue Reading