Mary Dengler-Frey knows something about building things. As a Regional Health Connector (RHC) at the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, she’s assembled programs and recruited providers to tackle three challenging problems: opioid addiction and substance abuse, diabetes, and suicide. In her public health work, she has drawn upon a previous career as an architect. […]
Regional Health Connectors improve health in Colorado by connecting the systems that keep us healthy - including primary care, public health, social services, and other community resources.
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Regional Health Connector Jeff Appleman’s favorite thing about Fort Morgan, population 11,000, is its small-town feel. “It’s a strong community. They’re always looking out for each other,” he said of his northeast Colorado home. “In Denver, you’ll go to a meeting that’s catered by Panera or whatever. Here, I’m getting home- cooked meals.” Jeff is […]
Life in the towns and resort communities along and near Interstate 70 in Colorado can appear to be idyllic. But below the surface, some residents, and their health needs, are often overlooked. That concerns Namrata Shrestha, the Regional Health Connector (RHC) in Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Summit counties. Based at the West Mountain Regional Health […]