Tobacco tax grants address health disparities

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Colorado’s tobacco tax will help pay for programs that address health disparities in American Indians and blacks.

More than $1.3 million has been designated for programs, such as diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease.

Eighteen community-based programs, health departments and health care organizations across the state have been awarded grants to pay for prevention, early detection and needs assessment and referral.

“The broad range of programs among these grantees reflects the health needs of specific communities,” said Dennis Ellis, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “One health program will not meet the needs of all people.”

For more information about the distribution of the grant money, call Catia Chavez, program assistant, Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Health Disparities at (303) 692-2087.

Summer precautions

Spring Fever has hit the Colorado scene.

And to help residents prepare for summer under the intense Rocky Mountain sun, the Penrose Cancer Center is offering a skin cancer screening clinic.

Peak Vista Community Health Center, 340 Printers Parkway, will host the clinic from 8 to 11:30 a.m. March 6. Call 776-5555 to register or for more information.

Co-sponsors are the Memorial Cancer Center, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, the Cancer Center of Colorado Springs, Peak Vista Community Health Center and the American Cancer Society.

According to the ACS, skin cancer (including melanoma and non-melanoma) is the most common of all cancers, with about 1 million cases of curable basal cell cancer diagnosed in the United States each year.

Some of the risk factors for skin cancer include excessive sun exposure, fair skin, freckling, light hair, age and family history.

Fundraising campaign for Teller County’s PPRH

Retired Teller County dentist Chuck Anderson and former county commissioner Jerry Bergeman are the co-chairmen of a $5 million capital campaign for the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Teller County.

“Few projects of this importance come along in one’s lifetime,” said Anderson, who also is a donor to the hospital. “This effort is so important to the well being of our citizens that I can’t imagine why a person wouldn’t want to get involved and make certain the hospital will be built.”

Bergeman is retired from the U.S. Air Force.

“Each and every contribution and pledge is needed and sincerely appreciated,” Bergeman said. “And every contributor will be acknowledged permanently as a founding donor.”

Initial project capital has been provided by 200 founding donors.

Memorial Hospital hosting radiology seminar

Memorial Hospital is hosting a CME-accredited radiology seminar for medical imaging professionals from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 11 at the Memorial Administrative Center, 420 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 27.

Seating is limited to the first 160 registrants, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Kim Colatriano at 365-5853.

The time has come

When I was in my 20s and 30s, taking a risk was as easy as getting up in the morning. Today, in my uh, later years, taking a risk is as difficult as (uh) getting up in the morning.

However, on or about March 12, instead of morning views of Pikes Peak and the Sangre de Cristos, I will wake up to tall oaks and pines and tropical flower beds, with the ocean a mere half-hour away.

It’s been a dream of mine to live near the water again. And I am finally realizing it, as I move to Florida’s Nature Coast next week – about 40 miles northwest of Tampa.

I grew up in Indiana near lakes, and I’ve been like a fish out of water in Colorado for 27 years. Some of us are drawn to mountains, others to lakes, or rivers or the ocean. I’ll feel lucky some day to have experienced it all, but I have a passion for water.

And with a passion for writing, I also am lucky to end my Colorado career with the business journal and the great people I’ve been hanging out with every day. What a team.

I’ve learned a heck of a lot, too. I am grateful for the sharp eyes of all the CSBJ editors and designers (Rowdy Thompkins) I’ve worked with, and thankful to Mike Boyd for this last opportunity. I hope to continue this path in Florida, and, as appropriate, freelance for the CSBJ.

I’d like to thank everyone I’ve worked with in the community, especially those of you in health care, technology, manufacturing and the animal world.

Amy Gillentine will be taking over my health care and technology beats. It’s time to take it to new levels, and Amy is more than capable.

Anyway, I’ll be heading out next week in my rented RV with my kayak, my six cats, three dogs and one turtle (and a partridge in a pear tree – just kidding – there’s no pear tree).

It will be another one of life’s adventures. You can’t have them without risk. Wish me luck. I wish you the same.

Hasta la vista,