First, we celebrate the implementation of the Colorado Option, which passed the Colorado legislature in 2021, due in large part to the leadership of our state elected officials, partners, patients, and staff. The Colorado Option is a state-specific health coverage plan that increases health coverage enrollment and lowers health care costs, making insurance more affordable and accessible for nearly 10,000 Coloradans starting in 2023. It is designed to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities by providing new coverage options for Coloradans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects that the Colorado Option “is expected to lower premiums by an average of approximately $132 per person per month (or 22%).” To read more about the Colorado Option, click here.
In 2022, the Colorado legislature passed additional legislation to provide Medicaid coverage to undocumented pregnant women and their children through House Bill 22-1289, called “Cover All Coloradans.” Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Cover All Coloradans into law on June 7, 2022. Under the law, pregnant undocumented people who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid and the Children’s Basic Health Plan (CHP+) would be provided full health insurance coverage for up to a year following a child’s birth. Undocumented children will be eligible until they turn 18. We celebrate the leadership of our state elected officials, partners, patients, and staff for helping to pass this essential legislation. For more on Cover All Coloradans, click here.
Access to affordable and equitable health insurance and care is especially acute in Colorado’s rural mountain communities. In spite of the strong efforts of many statewide and local partners over the past decade, the mountain communities served by Mountain Family Health Centers, including Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, maintain some of the highest rates of uninsurance in the state of Colorado. Of the 24,000 patients served by Mountain Family Health Centers in the past 18 months, more than 40% (9,500+ human beings), remain uninsured as of June 2022.
We remain committed to the pursuit of affordable access to health coverage and care for all in our communities. We salute our elected officials, partners, patients, and staff for your courageous efforts to bring equitable care to all Coloradans.
If you are interested in making a gift to Mountain Family’s Health For All Fund to support our essential services providing integrated medical, behavioral, and dental healthcare at four hub sites in Western Colorado and five school-based health centers, please click here.
Matt Percy, MD Co-Chief Medical Officer, Rifle Site Medical Director
I last wrote an update for our November 2021 newsletter on COVID vaccines. At that time, I was excited about initial booster doses being approved for all ages as well as the impending approval of a vaccine for children ages 5-11. In the eight months since we have had several new waves with Omicron variants, but also made even more progress on the vaccine front, with vaccines now available for anyone six months and older and second boosters available for the highest risk people. The latest dominant Omicron subvariants in the US are the most contagious yet, and we are likely not reporting many cases due to increased use of home antigen testes. We are, however, thankfully also seeing lower incidence of severe illness and death. This is due to a combination of immunity from vaccines and prior infection in the general population as well as new therapeutic options aimed at preventing severe disease in high-risk COVID positive patients. The single best thing you can do to protect yourself from severe COVID remains to get and stay up-to-date with your COVID vaccine.
I will summarize the latest vaccine recommendations below, sorted from youngest to oldest. In an attempt to simplify what has become a very complex menu of vaccine options, Mountain Family has chosen to stock only Pfizer brand vaccines for all ages at this time, so the below references Pfizer only. Our local public health, hospital, and pharmacy partners have other brands available should you prefer them.
Ages 6 months through 4 years
A three-dose Pfizer vaccine series is now approved under emergency use authorization using a second dose recommended three to eight weeks after the first dose and the third dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. I am particularly excited about this approval as it opens another segment of the population up for protection via vaccination. Children this age are considered “up-to-date” two weeks after the final dose in the series
Ages 5 through 17 years
Two doses of Pfizer vaccine spaced three to eight weeks apart is recommended for the initial series. A booster dose is recommended five months after completion of the initial series. Children are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the initial series completion and up-to-date immediately after booster, when eligible.
Two doses of Pfizer vaccine spaced three to eight weeks apart is recommended for the initial series. A booster dose is recommended five months after completion of the initial series. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the initial series completion and up-to-date immediately after booster, when eligible.
Two doses of Pfizer vaccine spaced three to eight weeks apart is recommended for the initial series. An initial booster dose is recommended five months after completion of the initial series. A second booster dose is recommended four months after the first booster. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the initial series completion and up-to-date immediately after booster, when eligible. Note that younger immunocompromised persons over age 12 are also eligible for a second booster/4th dose.
Please contact your primary care provider with any questions. Stay safe this summer and get vaccinated.
Dana Peterson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Human Resource Director
At Mountain Family, we don’t merely talk about health. We live it. Why? Healthier, happier employees improve both their own lives and those of everyone around them. It raises the social success, efficiency, and energy of the whole organization.
Here at Mountain Family, you can enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains from world-famous ski slopes and stunning hiking trails to Gold Medal waters. Plus, taking advantage of company-wide incentives to live a healthier life are easier when your work is located in one of our great communities. We have locations in Basalt, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Edwards, and Avon.
Do you want to become a certified medical assistant (MA) and medical interpreter (Spanish) at no cost to you? Ask us about our new program funded by Rocky Mountain Health Foundation.
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At Mountain Family, we improve the health of our community by providing equitable and affordable medical, behavioral, and dental healthcare for all. We could not do it without your valuable support.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Health For All Fund this past year. Our Health For All Fund provides support of our essential integrated medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare that we provide at four hub sites in Basalt, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Edwards along with care at five school-based health centers. We also have provided over 17,000 COVID vaccines and booster shots to individuals, with over 3,600 vaccines to students in the Roaring Fork Valley.
We are pleased to report that over 170 donors stepped forward with contributions of $437,000, including $100,000 in matching funds from the 2020 Rescue Fund of the Aspen Community Foundation. We applaud each and every individual, including our staff and our board, and the following organizations who renewed their support of our Health For All Fund: The Colorado Health Foundation, Alpenglow Foundation, Alpine Bank, FirstBank, RA Nelson LLC, and more. Thanks to all for your generosity.
In the words of one recent anonymous donor from Glenwood Springs, “I made my gift to Mountain Family because you are taking care of my 95-year-old mother. Your people are so kind. You are just a different type of healthcare. You help take care of the people who need it most with great compassion.”
Special thanks also to the donors who got our Health For All Fund off the ground in 2020 with a three-year financial commitment – our Founding Members. Without them, none of this would have been possible. Founding Members will receive special recognition for their support in our next Annual Report’s Honor Roll of Donors, along with every person who made a gift in our fiscal year from June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.
I also would like to welcome Lizz Bailey, our Development and Communications Manager, who recently joined our staff to help support donors to our Health For All Fund along with communications and marketing.
We are delighted to welcome new providers to Mountain Family and extend our care to children, adolescents, adults, and families, providing integrated medical, behavioral, and dental healthcare services at our four hub sites in Basalt, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, and Edwards. Our five school-based health centers also provide essential primary care in Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Avon.
To schedule an appointment, please call (970) 945-2840 or visit our website for more information to find a provider.
Kaitlyn Forman, LCSW – Glenwood Springs Integrated Health Center
Katie Forman, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree from Smith College School for Social Work in 2015. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and began working for Mountain Family in 2021 as a behavioral health provider. Prior to moving here, she lived in Lakewood, Colorado and worked as a therapist for CU Boulder and Denver Health. Katie has experience working with adolescents and adults; has received specialized training in substance abuse and trauma, and takes an individualized, integrative approach to therapy, combining psychodynamic (relational, talk therapy) with skills-focused modalities (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness). Katie feels grateful to be close to water again, for the abundance of outdoor opportunities, and to have the general privilege of getting to now call the Valley home.
Adriene Fedde, MD – Basalt Integrated Health Center
Dr. Adriene Fedde joined Mountain Family in 2022. She was raised on a farm in southeastern Colorado and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. Adriene served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger prior to entering medical school. She attended the Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University in Israel. In 2008, Dr. Fedde completed a residency focused on rural, full spectrum family medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is excited about providing care to people of all ages and has interests in international, child, and women’s health. She enjoys traveling and spending time in the great outdoors with her family of four.
McKenzie Rieder, CPNP-PC – School-Based Health Centers
McKenzie grew up on the front range and lived in several different places, including Boston and Nicaragua, before deciding to move back to Colorado with her family. She earned her Master of Science in nursing from Boston College in 2018 and has been working in pediatrics ever since. With a background in quality improvement within community health, McKenzie is particularly passionate about ensuring access to quality healthcare across all demographics, but especially in the younger population. McKenzie is bilingual in English and Spanish. When she does have free time, McKenzie participates in her greatest pastimes: hiking, gardening, camping, and whitewater rafting with her husband, three kids, and their dog, Bruce.
Lindsay Williams, RDH – Basalt Integrated Health Center
Lindsay Williams grew up in Montrose Colorado and earned her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely in May 2022. She is compassionate, kind, and always willing to help her patients. Her goal is to improve oral and overall health, be a resource to her patients, and provide quality care. During her free time Lindsay enjoys spending time outside with her dog, horseback riding, and gardening.
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The theme for this year’s Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days Parade was “125 Years of Awesomeness – Think All Things Strawberry Days!” Our staff chose to celebrate the ‘50s era of Strawberry Days on June 18, 2022 by dressing up as characters from the movie, Grease. Our Edwards Site Practice Director, Amanda Canete, led the staff in weekend float designs and build-outs while also procuring costumes. The morning of Strawberry days, staff arrived at 7 am to finish the float, get dressed up, and practice some dance moves for the parade. Everyone is incredibly excited that in our first time as an organization in the parade, we also took home 1st Place Non-Profit Float. There was a great turn out from staff and wonderful showing of our community to celebrate the big day. We are already looking forward to next year.
“I recently had the pleasure of comanaging a complicated dental patient with Audrey Fisher, DDS. I had cared for this patient at the beginning of my career at MFHC, and Audrey was kind enough to come in and see the patient. She speaks so calmly and compassionately that the patient immediately relaxed when she realized we could all work together to communicate and solve this issue. The patient was treated for pain at her follow up with Audrey and after a few treatments we were able to get the infection under control. Audrey is always willing to help and do more, and her dedication to Mountain Family is much appreciated.”
-Anneliese Heckert, DO, Co-Chief Medical Team Officer, Glenwood Springs Site Medical Director
“To say that Nataly is a crucial member of our team is an understatement. She proves to be a leader, mentor, and patient advocate daily, whether is it spending time educating our team, going the extra mile for a patient, or challenging the status quo. Nataly approaches each day with dedication and passion. She does this due to a combination of excellent clinical and organizational skills, empathy, and a keen sense of humor. It is my pleasure to support her Mariposa nomination.”
-Kendra Nagey, CPNP-PC, School-Based Health Centers Site Medical Director