Douglas County, just south of Denver, is one of the most affluent places in the country. But that distinction means little to the 4 percent of the county’s close-to-350,000 residents who live in poverty. Laura Don, the Regional Health Connector for Douglas County, works to ensure that 4 percent isn’t forgotten. “There’s a sense that […]
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.
What does a Regional Health Connector do?
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 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 […]