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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Foundation Eyes Local Health Crisis
(2007-05-09)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The health care crisis facing Durango and La Plata County has drawn the attention of Colorado's second largest community foundation.
And that could lead to some assistance in funding what could prove to be an expensive solution.
KSUT'S Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The Colorado Health Foundation has assets of 900-million dollars, and is granting 25-million per year, for health related programs
particularly those benefitting youth.
The Foundation in the past has already helped fund some local programs, including construction of the new Southwest Mental Health's Crossroads Center.
Foundation President and CEO Anne Warhover and 8 staff members visited Durango Tuesday, to get a better handle on the area's evolving health needs.
WARHOVER: ONE RURAL COMMUNITY ISN'T LIKE ANOTHER COMMUNITY, OR ONE METROPOLITAN AREA ISN'T LIKE ANOTHER METROPOLITAN AREA.
For 90-minutes they listened to about a dozen individuals working on the forefront of an effort to address the communities health crisis.
They learned how Valley Wide's closing left as many as 12-thousand people without primary care.
How the city and county in cooperation with Mercy have funding a Stop Gap Clinic to temporarily fill the need.
That clinic opened last week.
They also heard about a study now underway, into how best to address the primary health care problem permanently.
Warhover says she's impressed with the collaboration among business, health care and government to develop a plan to address the problem.
WARHOVER: NOBODY'S GOING TO COME IN HERE AND FIX DURANGO'S PROBLEMS IN PRIMARY CARE, IT HAS TO COME FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF EFFORTS WE'D BE INTERESTED IN FUNDING.
She says she sees the foundation helping fund implementation of whatever evolves.
But that's not all.
WARHOVER: I SEE A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL HELP FOR SOME TARGETED COMMUNITIES, THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED BEING ONE. I DIDN'T HEAR OTHER TARGETED COMMUNITIES WHICH WE USUALLY HEAR, AROUND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TEEN ISSUES, BUT I'D BE WILLING TO EXPLORE THAT FURTHER HERE. SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTER, THEY ARE OPENING ONE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AT DURANGO AND I THINK THAT COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US BECAUSE WE BELIEVE SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET TO ADOLESCENTS.
The Foundation grants monies semi-annually.
The upcoming June 15th application deadline may be too soon to ask for funding to address health care needs.
The consultants report isn't even due until August.
But Warhover says they intend to watch what develops here, and perhaps become more involved.
WARHOVER: WE'VE LEARNED A LOT, WE SEE A COMMUNITY THAT'S REALLY COMMITTED AND I'S SURE THERE WILL BE MORE FUNDING COMING THIS WAY.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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