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Seminar to offer tips on preventing, living with diabetes


An upcoming seminar aims to educate people about the dangers of diabetes – while also offering tips on how to live with the condition. The Diabetes Workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. The event will feature Andrea Houk, a registered nurse and the...

Blog: Workshops aim to better prepare job fair participants


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center wants people to be as prepared as possible for its upcoming job fair – an event that has attracted more than 100 employers in the past. The center is hosting a series of workshops titled “Make the Job Fair Work for YOU!,” which aim to give participants an edge when it comes to trying to get hired. The fair...

Blog: Hillside Community Center plans event offering free food, backpacks, health care exams


A free upcoming event aims to connect families in need with services across the city. The Hillside Community Center will host a community day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fountain Park, which is next to the center at 925 S. Institute St. More than 30 organizations will be on hand, offering information about resources for...

Public hearing planned to get comment on new housing plan


A public hearing will soon be held on the housing and community development needs facing Colorado Springs. Input from the meeting, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall Council Chambers, 107 N. Nevada Ave., will be used in the city’s upcoming five-year consolidated plan for housing and community development....

Catholic Charities names new interim chief executive


One of the top executives of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has been named as the organization’s interim chief executive. Jennifer Kleinschmidt will lead the nonprofit until a new chief executive is hired by the organization’s board of directors, which is still conducting a national search, Catholic Charities announced this week. She...

St. Francis Medical Center gets Level III trauma designation


St. Francis Medical Center has moved up a notch in its ability to treat trauma patients.

El Paso County not planning to house immigrant children


Unlike elsewhere in the state, El Paso County officials have no plans to start housing unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border, a county spokeswoman said Friday.

Four people treated for plague in Colorado


An outbreak of plague appears to have been contained after four people became infected from a dog with fleas in east Adams County, Colorado’s state veterinarian said Friday.

Expo aimed at helping people with disabilities


An upcoming expo aims to help people with disabilities live more independent lives.

Marian House seeks beef donations


The Marian House soup kitchen is asking for help stocking its freezer with ground beef amid a troubling shortage, the facility’s director said Monday.

Teen hosts public ride benefitting Children’s Hospital Colorado


A teenager with cystic fibrosis is hosting a public training ride on Saturday as part of an effort to raise money for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

El Paso County Public Health interim director named


El Paso County Public Health’s deputy director will lead the agency while a permanent replacement of found for its outgoing director. Dan Martindale, who has been with the agency for nearly 20 years, will take over as interim director in place of Jill Law, who announced her resignation last week in an email to the […]

Collins' views on homelessness prompt response from fellow council member


Helen Collins idea for addressing homelessness across Colorado Springs: Bus tickets and jobs. The council member spoke up Tuesday against the city’s 2014 Action Plan for housing and homeless programs — sparking a brief exchange with council woman Jill Gaebler and prompting two audience members to also voice their opinions. The exchange began...

Meetings to unveil initial results of affordable housing study


Two meetings will be held Wednesday to announce the preliminary findings of a study on the affordable housing options across El Paso County. The assessment marks another step in Mayor Steve Bach’s plan to end homelessness, which he announced in late January. The city also plans to repurpose millions of dollars for more emergency shelter […]

Traffic near Memorial Hospital Central to be altered while crews replace boilers


People traveling new Memorial Hospital Central over the next few days may want to watch out for a few more traffic cones. Traffic will be altered while the hospital embarks on a $5-million project to install two new boilers. Two lanes of Boulder Street will be closed during the installation, as will Children’s View from Boulder […]

Greccio adds 54 units with acquisition of Santa Fe Apartments


Greccio Housing purchased the Santa Fe Apartments in a deal that will add 54 apartments to its stock of affordable housing, the nonprofit announced Monday, Greccio’s addition will increase the number of apartments that it oversees to 487 across 22 properties, according to a news release. The $2 million deal included support from Ent Federal...

Department of Human Services office in Fountain moving


The El Paso County Department of Human Services’ office in Fountain will move to a new location in June. The department’s Fountain office plans to move June 9 into Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ new building at 350 Lyckman Drive, the county announced Monday. The satellite location is currently housed in the Lorraine Center, 301 […]

Springs Rescue Mission program recognized by governor's office


A transitional housing program overseen by the Springs Rescue Mission was recognized by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office on Tuesday for its success in helping families become self-sufficient. “We started it in Denver with the Denver Rescue Mission and now the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission has become the leader and the champion for the program,”...

PERA decides against signing off on Colorado Springs' appeal


A bid by Colorado Springs’ attorneys to continue its fight against the Public Employees’ Retirement Association hit a bump this week. The state’s pension fund formally opposed the city’s request for an appeal, according to a motion filed Monday by PERA. The move leaves the appeal’s fate up to Harlan Bockman, a retired Adams County […]

Childhood obesity, doctor shortage highlighted in foundation listening session


Childhood obesity and a shortage in physicians, nurses and psychiatrists rank among the Pikes Peak region’s most pressing health care needs, members of Memorial Hospital’s board of directors said Monday. The board voiced those concerns during a meeting with the Colorado Springs Health Foundation’s board of directors, which is in the process of...

Outgoing Homeward Pikes Peak leader to open addiction recovery center


Homeward Pikes Peak’s outgoing chief will soon focus less on combating homelessness and more on helping people recover from crippling drug addictions. Bob Holmes plans to create a for-profit addiction recovery center called STAR-Colorado, which is expected to open April 1 at 5250 Pikes Peak Highway in Cascade, he said Thursday. Holmes announced...

Possible health insurance plan extensions worry Colorado exchange officials


The head of Colorado’s health insurance exchange voiced concern this week about the prospect of thousands of Coloradans keeping their old, pre-Obamacare insurance plans for an additional two years. “It’s a big deal, and will significantly impact us depending upon how it gets rolled out,” said Patty Fontneau, the exchange’s chief executive,...

PERA faces deadline to make move in Memorial pension dispute


The next move in the high-stakes dispute over Memorial Hospital pension liabilities rests with lawyers for the state’s pension fund. The Public Employees’ Retirement Association has until March 17 to respond to Colorado Springs’ motion seeking an appeal in the case, according to Adam Franklin, the pension fund’s general counsel. The deadline...

Healthgrades again ranks Penrose-St. Francis in top 50


HealthGrades once again named Penrose-St. Francis to its list of 50-best hospitals in the nation – the seventh consecutive year the hospital system has received the award, the website announced this week. The distinction comes about a month after Penrose-St. Francis earned a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s...

Colorado Springs Health Foundation works on vision for future


The people overseeing a foundation established through Memorial Hospital’s lease met Tuesday to discuss what direction the foundation should take as it doles money from the deal. The Colorado Springs Health Foundation’s board of directors drafted vision and mission statements in a meeting aimed at providing the foundation some direction in the...

Updated Yellow Book for seniors hits shelves


An updated booklet aimed at helping seniors across the Pikes Peak region has been released. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has updated its Yellow Book – offering seniors more information on at least 800 services across the Pikes Peak region, the agency announced. About 25,000 copies have been distributed across the region, featuring...

Medical students at UCCS could train across El Paso County


Memorial Hospital may not be the only place in the Pikes Peak region hosting medical students in the coming years. Discussions are underway with officials from several hospitals and health clinics across El Paso County to host third- and fourth-year medical students when they begin clinical rotations in 2016, said Dr. Erik Wallace, associate...

Free legal clinic planned for Saturday at Marian House


An upcoming event aims to offer free legal advice to people struggling financially across the Pikes Peak region. The El Paso Bar Association plans to host a pro bono legal clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marian House, just west of the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Bijou Street. Six attorneys […]

Event in Colorado Springs aims to help people purchase health insurance


People who have yet to purchase health insurance for 2014 might be able to find a little help Friday from guides associated with the state’s new exchange. An event focusing on how to enroll in a health insurance plan will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Pikes Peak Area Council […]

Greccio Housing and Family Life Services forge partnership


Family Life Services and Greccio Housing have partnered to serve single mothers across the Pikes Peak region — a move meant to expand one organization’s housing stock while allowing another nonprofit to focus more on its programming. The partnership was detailed Thursday at a monthly meeting of organizations serving the homeless. Under the deal,...

Upcoming "Project Connect" aims to help region's homeless get off the streets


Bob Holmes doesn’t want nonprofits giving out any sleeping bags, coats or bus tickets at an upcoming event aimed at helping the Pikes Peak Region’s homeless population. Rather, he only wants people to exchange information. On March 19, Homeward Pikes Peak will host “Project Connect,” an event where the region’s homeless can meet with...

KPC Respite Center opens to general public


A program that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect by offering parents a short-term place to send their children is now open to the public. KPC Respite Center, which closed for about nine months after its parent organization ran into financial trouble, is now accepting calls through its crisis line from the general public. […]

Health insurance exchange to offer enrollment help in Colorado Springs


An upcoming event aims to help people who are confused about how to purchase health insurance through the state’s new exchange. On Tuesday, Connect for Health Colorado representatives plan to visit Life Skills High School, 1810 Eastlake Blvd., to answer questions about how to enroll in plans through the exchange, which was created by state...

Pikes Peak United Way, college students offer free tax consultations


El Paso County residents received $103 million last spring through a special tax credit for low-to-moderate income families. The problem: Millions more in rebates were available to county residents, according to the Pikes Peak United Way. A push is on to help people apply for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit – a tax benefit […]

Dozens flock to Springs Rescue Mission's cold-weather day shelter


The Springs Rescue Mission’s cold weather day shelter has been busy since a blast of cold, arctic air hit the Pikes Peak region earlier this week. The nonprofit has hosted about 50 people for lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and crowd levels have varied from 45 people to 60 people throughout each day, said Sarah […]

Salvation Army county coordinator settles into post


The highlight of Richard Larson’s first day in Colorado Springs came in a Costco parking lot. While loading a chair into his vehicle, a clerk offered to helped him out. Then a complete stranger in the parking lot offered to help load more things into his car. “I was kind of shocked that I didn’t […]

Red Cross offers emergency preparedness workshop


A free workshop aims to help people across the Pikes Peak region prepare for the next natural disaster — whether that be fire, flood or anything else that strikes the Front Range. The two-hour workshop, which is hosted by the Pikes Peak chapter of the American Red Cross, will help residents learn how to create […]

Welcome to the Health and Help blog


Hello, all. Welcome to the Health & Help blog, the place where you can find a wealth of information about the Pikes Peak region’s public safety net — a wide-ranging assortment of articles about the area’s social service programs, public health issues and local nonprofit organizations. Have a story idea? Contact Jakob...

Colorado health department announces flu app


A new app aims to encourage Coloradans’ Tweeps and Facebook friends to get a flu shot. On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment announced the “Do Something Easy Vaccine Pledge” app, which allows people boast on Facebook and Twitter about how they plan to get a flu vaccine. It’s all in an effort...

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