Kids Should Get Annual Physical
Jul 1, 2013
Alamosa County Public Health and local medical providers recommend that your child gets a physical and needed immunizations now to avoid the rush at the end of summer. Back to school time will be here before we know it! It is a good idea that every person (kids included!) have an annual check-up...
12 Ways to Keep Smoke from Affecting You & Your Family
Jun 24, 2013
As of the morning of July 25th, 66,200 acres have been burned from the three fires burning on the west end of the Valley: West Fork Fire, Papoose Fire, and Windy Pass Fire.  With all those fires, the air quality in the Valley continues to suffer. A picture taken just North of the author's house...
SLV Health Employees Give $30,000 to Child Advocacy Center
Jun 17, 2013
“While you’re thanking us, at the end of the day we’re really thanking you,” said Konnie Martin, Chief Operating Officer for SLV Health, during a recent appreciation breakfast hosted by Tu Casa, Inc. for all SLV Health employees. Tu Casa's Largest Local Organizational Donor In the past year, SLV...
4 Ways to Prevent West Nile Virus
Jun 17, 2013
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne illness that can affect Coloradans from late spring to mid-September.  In 2012, there were 131 cases of WNV reported in Colorado, resulting in five deaths. Symptoms While most people who become infected with WNV will experience very minor symptoms, one in...
Nurse Midwife Adds to Women's Health Clinic
May 16, 2013
Shannon Gonzales, CNM, joins Jayne Schiffer, CNM, who inspired her career choice, as the second nurse midwife in the Women’s Health Clinic at SLV Health. Moving here with her family at the age of 12, Shannon Gonzales quickly developed her own sense of commitment to the Valley. "This is home to me...
Tu Casa Educates About Sexual Violence Prevention
Apr 18, 2013
By Angela Sillas-Green Headlines have recently focused on the sexual assault of a young female that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio. Two teenage boys have been found delinquent of rape and one of them delinquent for illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. If you have followed the story...
SLV Boasts High Rates of Coverage
Mar 18, 2013
Lacking health insurance coverage can have adverse consequences for all members of a family, adults and children alike.  In recent years, Colorado policymakers and health care leaders have focused on initiatives that increase the enrollment in public health insurance programs in order to reduce the...
How to Prevent the Flu
Jan 15, 2013
By Alamosa County Public Health Department Influenza-like-illness has increased across Colorado in recent days, including the San Luis Valley.  Local providers report they are seeing “a lot of people with flu symptoms”.  Typical symptoms of influenza are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy...
When Events Rock Our World
Dec 18, 2012
By Dr. Jerry Yager, PsyD, Director of Training & Education at Denver Children's Advocacy Center Over the past several weeks our community has been exposed to a number of very high profile cases of violence and abuse. A police officer was shot in the park at a concert, a man went on a shooting...
Access to Dental Care Declining
Dec 14, 2012
By Diane Carman, Health Policy Solutions The crisis in access to dental health care in Colorado is growing more severe even as the effort by the state Department of Health and Environment this year continues to highlight improved oral care as one of its 10 “winnable battles.” A new analysis...

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