September 2019 News
Coming Up!
Fall Quarterly Community Meeting
We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Quarterly Community Meeting!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Arapahoe County Dept of Human Resources
14980 E Alameda Dr
Aurora, CO 80012

Social Determinants of Health Meeting
Join us for our September SDOH Meeting!

Tuesday September 10, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tri-County Health Department
15400 E 14 th Place, Aurora
2 nd Floor, Mountain Vista Room

Senior Circle Meeting
Join us for our September Senior Circle Meeting!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tri-County Health Department
15400 E 14th Place, Aurora
2nd Floor, Mountain Vista Room

September Newsletter Sponsor: Town Center at Aurora
Thanks to Town Center at Aurora for sponsoring our newsletter this month! Find out more about the many things to do there on their website.

Congrats to Jennifer Mar and Tyler Singleton for knowing that the answer to last month's quiz was Town Center of Aurora!
If you "work hard" you might be able to figure out where to find this lovely mural in Aurora.
The first person to give us the right answer wins a colorful prize!

Community News
Mental Health Services and Tilapia

A group of AHA staff, friends, and board members toured the Dahlia Campus of Mental Health Center of Denver .

MHCD staff shared the fascinating and inspirational story about how listening to and working with the local community, their plans for simply offering behavioral health services, ended up including dental offices, food boxes, community meeting space, a playground and gymnasium, 4 acres of farming and garden space, and lots and lots of tilapia in their unique aquaponics greenhouse.

You can learn more about the Dahlia campus on their website . Or better yet - go see for yourself. They provide free tours (and inspiration) on Tuesday afternoons.
UCHealth Colorado Health Literacy Conference

Health Literacy For All: Inclusion and Implementation.

Hear presentations from Geri-Ann Galanti, Ph.D ., Medical Anthropologist and leading expert in the field of cultural diversity, and Audrey Riffenburgh, Ph.D. , President, Health Literacy Connections and champion for implementing health literacy initiatives in health care organizations. There will also be breakout sessions about tools for health literacy implementation and cultural aspects of health literacy.

Friday, September 27, 2019
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Renaissance Hotel Stapleton
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO. 80207

Save the Date: Aurora Senior Forum

The 2019 Aurora Senior Forum is coming up in October, so put the date on your calendar now.

Friday, October 11, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aurora Center for Active Adults
30 W Del Mar Cir, Aurora, CO 80011

For more information on being a Sponsor for or an Exhibitor at the Senior Forum, download the Information Packet .

DRCOG Taking Referrals in Spanish

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Older Adult Case Management Services is ready for referrals! DRCOG's case management program has expanded to include bilingual services.

Take the Healthy Beverages Survey

BeHeard Mile High is partnering with the American Heart Association, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Healthy Beverage Partnership to explore options for creating a healthier future for kids in your community.

We plan to use this information for a policy campaign to increase access to healthy beverages at restaurants where kids’ meals are served.

Tri-County Health Department: E-Cigarettes Facts Infographic

Get good information on E-cigarettes, which are a major public health concern for our youth.

New Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT) Broker Beginning September 1

As of September 1, 2019, IntelliRide will be the new broker for Health First Colorado’s NEMT benefit . To schedule new trips, or confirm existing trips for after 9/1/2019, call IntelliRide at 1-855-489-4999 or schedule online at .

Social Security Fraud

Have you been contacted by the “Social Security Administration” about your account being suspended because they suspected someone is trying to use your Social Security Number for fraudulent purposes?

You aren’t alone. This is a recent and widespread scam that has been especially targeting seniors. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers free information about this scam, in the form of flyers/placemats.

Download the PDF in English or Spanish

September "One Place" Event for Victims

The 18th Judicial District has organized an event for Arapahoe and Douglas County victims and their families called “One Place”. The idea? For victims have One Place they can go to get reliable information about community resources.

The following resources will be there:

  • Project Safeguard
  • The Crisis Center
  • Gateway
  • Asian Pacific Development Center 
  • Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic
  • Aurora Mental Health
  • Colorado Access (Medicaid)
  • Tri-County Health Department
  • Arapahoe County
  • STRIDE Community Health Center         
  • Mile High Behavioral Healthcare
  • Centura Health, Sex Assault Nurse Examiner
  • Victim Compensation, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office 

Free Classes from Transforming Safety Colorado & Restoration Project Intl.

Financial Literacy Class
Learn how to make smarter financial decisions, proper banking, and build or improve investment skills.

Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
August 27 - October 29, 2019

Introduction to Computer & Microsoft Applications
Learn basic computer knowledge and fundamental understanding of the principal features of Microsoft.

Monday Evenings, 5:45pm - 8:00pm
September 16 - December 2 2019

Classes are held at the Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora, 80010.

For more information, call 702-907-1774 or email
Food Truck Fight!

On September 28th, 2019, the Juvenile Assessment Center is holding its 1st annual Food Truck Fight at the Town Center at Aurora in an effort to raise funds for us to serve more youth and families in the community. 

It's a food truck competition where attendees will be able to get $2 samples and cast their vote for their favorite truck. The winner will be announced around 7:00. We will also have family friendly activities to include police, fire and ambulance which will be there for kids and families to interact with. We will have a beer tent, a DJ, some youth performances, and bounce houses.

Visit the website for more information, or get your tickets now on the Facebook Event Page .
Go Wild West Aurora!

The City of Aurora Moorhead Recreation Center is putting the finishing touches on the second annual Go Wild West in Aurora event to be held at Moorhead Park. This is a free family fun event to celebrate the families held in NW Aurora.
There will be horse drawn carriage rides, jumping castles, free food, music, dance, outdoor activities, art activities, face painters, and more. 

September 7, 2019
Noon - 4 pm

Truth About Downsizing

A free Mature Living Truth Series seminar will be held on September 19, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on selling your house in today's market. Come on down to Smoky Hill Library to learn more.

The state of Colorado is looking for feedback

The state of Colorado is looking for feedback from individuals and families about issues accessing and affording health insurance and health care. Come to a meeting in Aurora to share your ideas and help shape a new type of health insurance for Colorado.

Please join us to discuss the Proposal for Affordable Health Coverage Option (the public option) and its impact on the Aurora community, especially on families who not currently able to access health coverage.

When: September 12, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Where: 9801 E. Colfax #200, Aurora 80010 (Aurora Community Connection)

Please note, this community meeting will be held primarily in Spanish , with limited English translation available. Please contact Kate Harris ( ) with any questions.
Census 2020: Everyone Counts
Census Day 2020 is fast approaching and it is essential we count everyone in our jurisdiction to determine everything from representation in government to funding for our programs and critical infrastructure. Not counting people in Colorado and our local communities will mean fewer resources for all of us because a lot of federal spending is determined by population.

All households with a known address in the United States will receive a mailing from the Census Bureau in March of 2020 and the goal is that everyone responds online, over the phone, or by mail (this option is mostly for rural households). Multiple languages will be available through the online and phone options.

Anyone who needs help can go to an assistance site, which in Colorado will primarily be libraries. The Census Bureau has special procedures for counting communities that are particularly hard to reach including people experiencing homelessness and people in residential facilities .

What can you do to help?
  • Review the materials Colorado has developed so you’re informed.
  • Respond to your own Census questionnaire!
  • Encourage your community members to complete it as well! The Department of Local Affairs in Colorado has lots of great suggestions about how organizations can encourage their clients to respond.
Past Meetings
Kids Interest Group
Many thanks to our speakers Erin Khan , Karen Wells , and Kathy Staats for their valuable information on Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Next Meeting:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am
Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO)
Silverton Conference Room - 6th floor
13100 E. Colfax Ave
(across from the main hospital)

Access to Specialty Care
Thanks to Danni Lederman, Program Director, Specialty Care Network at Mile High Health Alliance (MHHA), for the presentation on What MHHA learned from their recent survey of HCPF's "Find a Provider" list

Next Meeting:
Thursday, October 3, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am
Location TBD

Thanks to Dahlia Campus for Health for the informative tour!

Thank you to Deidre Callanan and the CU School of Dental Medicine for inviting Aurora Health Alliance to participate in the Poverty Simulation

We are grateful to Tri-County Health Department for hosting many of our upcoming meetings!
AHA envisions a community where all residents have an opportunity for health.

AHA works collaboratively to improve access to care and create a healthier Aurora with a focus on the most vulnerable and underserved.
Copyright © 2019. All Rights Reserved. Banner image: Crepuscular Rays at White Ranch Open Space by Bobbie Jo Morrell

AHA's mission is to collectively improve access to care and create a healthier Aurora with a focus on the most vulnerable and underserved.  To accomplish this, AHA:

  • hosts speakers relevant to the mission of AHA,
  • engages in social media as well as traditional media to distribute information and resources,
  • uses local facilities for meetings and functions,
  • includes professional and community resource materials in the AHA library, and
  • provides links to relevant reports and websites.

These inclusions are not intended as endorsements, but as continued and focused efforts to build collaboration throughout Aurora's healthcare community. While AHA is a facilitator of conversation and distributor of information relevant to its mission, it does not verify or endorse all speakers or information associated with its events.