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Community Health Services continues legacy of providing care to underinsured and uninsured

CHS is on the Front Page of the Aspen Daily News on May 7, 2022
This black-and-white photograph originally ran in the Feb. 15, 1979, edition of The Aspen Times. Ina Claire McTarnaghan has her blood pressure taken by Lisa Timroth, a student nurse’s aide. Through the Aspen Visiting Nurses, Colorado Mountain College and the hospital, students learned community health skills for high school credit. 

CHS supports breast and cervical cancer screening

Sunday is Mother’s Day — and it’s also the start of Women’s Health Week. But today, Community Health Services will get an early start celebrating the spirit of the week as a participant in La Clinica del Pueblo/The People’s Clinic and the 9Health:365 spring health fair at Glenwood Springs High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Aspen Daily Update: Vaccinations at Community Health Services



Community Health Services is providing vaccines for those who have yet to be vaccinated. Clinical Operations Manager Risa Turetsky and Immunization Coordinator Laurie Cohen discuss vaccinations and other programs available to Roaring Fork Valley residents.


Advancing children’s oral health through innovation

“A crown? But she’s not even five,” I responded to the dentist in disbelief as I sheepishly wrapped my arms around my daughter. We brush morning and night with fluoridated toothpaste, have regular, preventive dental appointments, and she had four fluoride varnish applications before the age of 3. I work for Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) and understanding oral health — particularly children’s oral health — is literally my job! 

ORAL HEALTH DISPARITY IN COLORADO

Driving home I couldn’t help but think about the oral health disparity statistics that I study every day.  Nearly 41% of Hispanic/Latino kindergartners have cavities versus 23.4% of their white peers. And even with a higher percentage of lower-income children having dental insurance, their oral health outcomes are startingly worse with a 45.4% cavity rate versus 14.9% in children with higher incomes.

In reflecting on these sobering statistics, I first need to recognize my privilege, which is by design. I hold privilege as white, middle income, dentally insured, and with access to a dental provider (that looks like me and speaks my language) within a mile of my home. Yet statistically, how is it that my daughter — who inherited my same privilege and protective factors — needs a crown at the age of four? 

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