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Hello fellow Saguache County residents, winter is among us. With the recent warm weather spells, it is important to remember to plan for the cold, as we are all aware of just how quickly our weather can change from one extreme to the next. With this in mind, it is not too late to build an emergency kit for the car. Your kit should include a first aid kit, blankets, water, nonperishable food, hand sanitizer, lighter/matches, paper, ect in the car. To be better prepared for emergiencies in the San Luis Valley, please visit www.slv911.org & www.slvemergency.org. Both websites have current emergency kit resources, & helpful contacts for planning & preparedness.
With winter making its way out & Spring coming forth, it is that time again for Health Fairs. If you have any questions you can call the local Public Health agency.
As always we at Sagucahe County Public Health provide school required as well as recommended child & adolescent vaccines by appointement & or walk in's. The Saguache office hours for vaccines are Monday, Tuedsay & Thursdays from 8-4, to schedule an appointment you can call 719-655-2533. The Center office hours for vaccines are Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 8-4, to schedule an appointment you can call 719-754-2773. We are able to provide child & adolescent vaccines for those who are uninsured, those with Medicaid, & children of Native American descent. Coming attraction: we will soon be able to provide vaccines for children and adolescents with CHP+.
Just a reminder March 31st will be the last day for open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Colorado marketplace. For more information, to browse healthcare plans, or to complete your application, please visit www.ConnectforHealthCo.com.
We wish you all a safe and wonderful spring and encourage all to have a well-balanced diet and a healthy active lifestyle!
Alyssa O'Brien, RN, SCPHN
This store also known as the 4th Street Food Store, its made of two parts one is the food part which has a variety of local grown foods, and the other is the thirft store. They also have the gym in the back of the store, also known as the BeBop Studio, here in the studio they offer alot of different exercise classes all free of charge. The classes run as follows: Varirty Exercise Mon-Thurs, at 6 a.m. or Tues, and Thurs at 4:30 p.m. followed by stretch class at 5:30 p.m.
Coredio-Martial Arts Training: Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.
WOW! (Workout for Women): Mon and Wed at 4:30 p.m. and Friday at 9:30 a.m.
RAM (Retired Active Men): Tues, Thurs, and Sun at 10 a.m.
FREE TIME Exercise: (Please sign in at the Thirft Store)
Sun, Mon, and Wed 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The grocery part of the store has a variety of locally grown products, and depending on the season fresh produce, the variety of food they offer range from meats to nuts, and some lactose products, they have added seeds and nuts to the shelve, so stop on by and see the selection they have, and give them your support, they offer a 20% discount if you use your snap card (food stamps).
One more thing if your wondering what to make for dinner no worries they have a stand of recipes there for you too look at, and the best thing of all, the recipes have all the ingredients you will need there at the store, so you won't need to go anywhere else for the ingredients they are all at your 4th Street Store isn't that awsom.
Another item they have is beauty care products, which range from facial creams and hair products.
They are asking the public if you have any kind of donation for the thirft store, to please bring it by, any item ranging from household items to clothing is good. Again a big thank you from the girls at 4th Street Food Store for all your support.
2014 Health Fairs in the SLV
March 29 -- Del Norte
April 4 -- Center Headstart
April 4 & 5 -- Monte Vista
April 11 -- Alamosa
April 12 -- La Jara
April 19 -- Saguache (Mountain Valley School Gymnasium)
April 25 -- San Luis
April 26 -- Creede and Salida
Key Dates for You to Know:
December 20, 2013-Dates by which Coloradans are encouraged to submit applications for financial assistance for coverage that starts January 1, 2014.
December 23, 2013- Deadline to select a private health insurance plan on Connect for Halth Colorado that will take effect January 1, 2014.
January 1, 2014- Earliest date coverage begins for newly eligible Mediacaid or private health insurance plans purchased through Connect for Health Colorado.
January 10, 2014-Deadline for Connect for Health Colordo customers to make fist month's premium payment for January1, 2014.
March 31, 2014-Open enrollemtn for Connect for Health Colordo ends. *Medicaid does not have an open enrollment period.*
This is the website if you need assistance in finding a plan go to Colorado.gov/Health
this website will help answer questions about the Affordable Care Act, the Medicaid expansion, Connect for Health Colorado and the individual mandate.
CHECKING YOUR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION STATUS
Coloradans are now able to check the status of their Medical Assistance Application(includes Medicaid and CHP+) by calling 1-800-359-1991 between 8:00a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday(closed state hoidays).
MEDICAID CUSTOMER CONTACT CENTER
As a reminder, questions pertaining to client cases or personal circumstances should be directed to the Medicaid Customer Contact Center. You can reach the Customer Contact Center at:
Toll Free: 1-800-221-3943/ TDD: 1-800-659-2659
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (closed state holiday)
Advice from pediatricians: Use only pasteurized dairy products:
Women, infants,and young children should avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products, according to a statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the December 15, 2013 issue of Pediatrics. A summary of the statement follows.
Raw milk and milk products from cows, goats, or sheep are a source of bacterial infection that are especially dangerous to pregnant women, fetuses, the elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems.
The popularity of raw-milk products, such as soft cheeses, has been growing in recent years, in part due to claims of health benefits. But those claims have not been backed up by science. However, there is a scientific record of diseases and illnesses from raw milk, mostly caused by contamination of the product with E. coli, Salmonella, or Campylobacter. The illnesses caused by such bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, cramps, nausea and vomiting.
From 1998 through 2009, there were 93 recorded outbreaks fo disease resulting from consumption of raw milk or raw-milk products, causing 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalization and two deaths.
The full press release can be found at:
The Veteran Service Officer
Will be in Center at the Public Health building on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have questions you can call 719-655-2680
He is in Sagucahe Office on Wed, Thrs, and Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. He is also is Crestone when not in Center or Saguache you can always reach him and see where he will be at, this schedule is subject to change, the numbers he can be reached at are: Saguache 719-655-2680
Saguache Public Health 719-655-2533
Center Public Health 719-754-2773
· Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
· Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
· Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts
· Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight
· Survival blanket or sleeping bag
· Chemical hand warmers
· Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc
· Water for each person and pet in your car
· Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
· First Aid Kit and essential medications
· Tire chains and tow strap
· Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction
· Jumper cables
· Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary
· Deck of cards or board game for entertainment
· Windshield Wiper Fluid
· Wiper Blades
· Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas
· Exhaust System
· Tire Tread
· Battery Brakes
The Division also provides information and resources on regulatory requirements for constructing and opening a restaurant on their website at:
For information related to food safety, restaurant regulation and licensure, restaurant health inspections, or other restaurant related questions, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability website at:
For information related to health inspection programs for child cares, schools, or other consumer protection related services, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability website at:
Saguache County Public Health has a purpose of protecting the health and safety of the residents of Saguache County.We are dedicated to improve the health environment of the people by preventing disease, providing services for residents with special needs and improving and maintaining the health status of residents through the provision of prevention services.
Saguache County Public Health shall provide
continuum of care which is culturally sensitive, has measurable standards of quality and is a family and community based service.
We provide the following services:
- Home and Community Based Services
- Regional and County Disaster Preparedness
- HCP for Children With Special Needs
- Nursing Services - Immunization and Vaccination Fees
- Prevention Services
- Communicable Disease Investigation and Information
- Public Health Educational Programs
- And More...
Saguache County Public Health will be able to provide vaccines ONLY to unisured children, Native Amaericans, and children currently enrolled in Medicaid as of January 1, 2013.We are working closely with Rio Grande Public Health Department to ensure that children who are insured and would like to continue receiving vaccines form local Public Health agencies are able to do so.Please see the list of prices below for childhood immunization fees.
Children 0-18 years, any vaccine:$5.00
We continue to offer the adult vaccines listed below.
Hepatitis A (series of 2):$50.00
Hepatitis B (series of 3):$50.00
Tuberculin Skin Test:$16.00
Most Family Practice clinics also offer childhood and adult vaccines.We are working closely with community healthcare providers to ensue that all patients continue to receive quality immunization services.For futher information,contact Saguache County Public Health:719-655-2533 (Saguache Office) or 719-754-2773 (Center Office).
What is Healthy Communities?
Family Health Coordinators perform the following activities: