Author Archives: Colorado HealthStory

Joan

Joan – Colorado Springs, CO Joan, of Colorado Springs, CO, volunteers at a dental clinic and shares her experience supporting individuals with and without dental insurance. She also describes how invaluable dental care is, particularly for people looking for employment. “The dental needs that I see here in this city are humongous and there’s no […]

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Juana

Juana – Condada Summit, CO Juana, del condado de Summit, CO, comparte su historia de la navegación por el sistema de Medicaid después de complicaciones en el embarazo inesperado. “Me salvó el dinero de todos los pagos, las visitas prenatales, los laboratorios, todo, y por lo que el bebé necesita y todo. Pero, yo no […]

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Jill

Jill – Colorado Springs, CO Jill moved to Colorado Springs from New Jersey in order to restart her life and access proper medical support. With expensive prescription medication for her chronic disease, she needed help. “People should be able to have a physical and not worry about paying for the doctor.”

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Mary

Mary – Colorado Springs, CO Mary, a parent and grandmother living in Colorado Springs, discusses her struggle to live with the tragic loss of her daughter and debilitating depression. “Once you start going into the counseling everything turns around…people may think you’re crazy ‘cuz you go to a psychiatrist or to a counselor but I […]

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth – Colorado Springs, CO Elizabeth, a student in Colorado Springs, shares her story about struggling with a chronic disease and affording the care and medication needed to live. “All of these bills every three months are just piling up and so my parents actually had to go bankrupt over medical stuff.”

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Dan

Dan – Colorado Springs, CO Dan, of Colorado Springs, CO discusses his personal struggle dealing with a serious health condition while having no insurance, living on limited financial means, and having difficulty locating a health care provider that could accommodate him. “People need to get a lot more education in health care and realize this […]

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Dell

Dell – Durango, CO Dell, of Durango, CO shares her health story. She talks about her cancer diagnosis, invasive surgeries, and subsequent care. Dell also describes the benefits of a health navigator and how she took her health care into her own hands. “That first month [of a health challenge] is hell. Because of not […]

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Bebe

Bebe – Littleton, CO Bebe, who works in Littleton, CO shares her health story. She talks about her role as the Executive Director of Doctors Care and the impacts of safety net clinics in Colorado. “The safety net, as we continue on, is going to be the better guide.  It is not going to change […]

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Gretchen

Gretchen – Denver, CO Gretchen, a Park Hill resident in Denver, CO shares her family’s health story. She talks about her father, his rural medicine mentality, and the seamless integration between health care and community. “Health was always important, and it was an important part of our growing up, and an important part of how […]

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Don Jesus

Don Jesus – Durango, CO Danny and Mariel, both La Plata County-based Community Health Workers, share the story of Don Jesus. Don Jesus was an elderly gentleman who was found on the ground of his trailer after three days of no water or food and in very bad condition. “The truth is that Jesus is […]

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Penny

Penny – Denver, CO Penny, a lifelong Denverite, shares her personal transformation story. Over the past year she has lost 30 lbs, changed her mental outlook, and completed a Tough Mudder race. From self-control to self-esteem, Penny’s story is incredibly relatable and inspiring for young Colorado women. “When they were asking us what our goals […]

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Matthew

  Matthew – Durango, CO Matthew, a Durango resident, shares his story about trying to get coverage with a pre existing medical condition. After injuring his knee skiing, it took over a year for Matthew to receive the necessary orthopedic surgery. He finally got the care he needed through the Cover Colorado program. “I remember […]

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Laurel

Laurel – Durango, CO Laurel, a Durango resident, shares her story about the local school based health centers. She talks about the impact on kids, their families, and the greater community. “I would encourage anyone … whether you have kids or not, to check out the school based health centers… because they are making a […]

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A Nutritionist’s Dream

April is stress awareness month, and we can all take steps to improve our personal health and well-being. Stress not only makes us feel bad, but it can worsen almost any health condition. Stress can intensify asthma, diabetes, and it can cause or aggravate obesity, heart disease, depression and anxiety, accelerate aging and even lead […]

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Cindy

Cindy – Huerfano County, CO Cindy shares her story about her family and their commitment to health and wellness. As a nutritionist, Cindy tries to help other people take responsibility for their own health and engage in strong preventative behaviors. “My family, we take really good care of ourselves. We eat well, we all get exercise… We […]

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Park Hill Community Forum

Thank you so much to everyone who attended last night’s Park Hill Community Forum in Denver. During our forum we played two stories from our Park Hill collection; Sharon and Karen. These stories highlighted some of the themes focused on in our community profile; provider relationships and chronic disease. The group agreed that although there […]

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A Doctor’s Impact

Today is Doctor’s Day! You and your family should be able to get the care you need, when you need it. Are you getting the health care you deserve? If so, tell your provider you appreciate them! Park Hill resident Sharon was frustrated when searching for her adult physician, feeling like she was “quantity versus […]

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Ben

Ben – Denver, CO Ben shares his story about his involvement with Denver City Lax, which uses the sport of lacrosse as a means to emphasize the importance of education and health, and instill life goals in today’s youth. Ben and his dad started DCL five years ago, and never could have imagined the impact it would […]

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Leanne Clark,MSW, LCSW, Medical Social Worker, guest blogs in honor of Social Work Month

Since March is Social Work Month, it is the perfect time to talk about social workers who work in the Colorado health care field.  As one of those social workers, I often get asked get asked the question, “So what exactly IS a “medical social worker?” There are many variations to the answer to this question and, generally, […]

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Karen and Benjamin

Karen and Benjamin – Denver, CO Karen shares her story about her son Benjamin, who is hearing and visually impaired. She describes their experience with numerous providers, trying to diagnose Benjamin’s issues. Throughout all of it, Karen and her family have stayed extremely positive and built many meaningful relationships within the medical community. “Some of […]

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Sharon

Sharon – Denver, CO Sharon shares her story about her family pediatrician and subsequent health care providers. She talks about looking for the same positive qualities in her current physician that kept her family with their pediatrician for over 18 years. It is Sharon’s hope that in the future all children and adults will be […]

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Christina and Jaden

Christina and Jaden – Durango, CO Christina explains her family’s decision to move from their home in Durango to Denver for her son Jaden’s specialty care. Despite having formed a close relationship with their primary care provider in Durango, the financial strain of living so far away from a neurosurgeon has forced Christina and her […]

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Aleece and Carol

Aleece and Carol – Denver, CO Aleece and her mother Carol own and run The Garden, a restaurant in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood, committed to providing healthy, local, affordable and sustainable foods. After a difficult and devastating family battle with cancer, Aleece went to natural chef school and now prepares a menu that has plenty of […]

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Dr. Mark

Dr. Mark Earnest – Denver, CO Dr. Mark Earnest is a Professor in the Division of General Medicine for the University of Colorado and the Co-Founder and Director of the LEADS Program. He is also a Denver resident, and tells the story of a patient who sought treatment for kidney disease and her struggle to afford the necessary care. He wants […]

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A Son’s Career

According to The Status of Behavioral Health Care in Colorado, 3 in 10 Coloradans are in need of mental health or substance use disorder care. Although the number of mental health and substance abuse disorder care practitioners in Colorado has increased since 2003 by nearly 35%, Colorado still has a shortage of psychiatrists and other providers with […]

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