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Thank you for all you do for our patients, staff, and communities. Gail also received additional praise and recognition at our Dec. 21 Board of Directors meeting.

Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB), established under Senate Bill 21-175, is a Type-1 Board within the Division of Insurance that will have the authority to review prescription drug costs and evaluate their impact on Coloradans. The Board may then recommend ways to address those costs and may set an upper payment limit for certain drugs. The Board has appointed a multi-stakeholder Advisory Council to provide input to the Board to ensure its work is informed by a variety of stakeholders.

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Your Generosity Makes A Difference

by Jan Jennings, Director of Development

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Health For All Fund and our 2020 Rescue Fund Matching Gift program in 2021. We are pleased to say that over 130 donors stepped forward, enabling Mountain Family to meet our goal of $100,000 in matching funds from the 2020 Rescue Fund.

Over 130 donors contributed more than $53,000, whose gifts were either triple-matched or double-matched by the 2020 Rescue Fund. We also welcomed gifts fulfilling pledges from nearly 50 Founding Members. Our Founding Members have made pledges over three years, qualifying them as Founding Members of our Health For All Fund which was inaugurated last year. We were also pleased that individuals, foundations, and businesses contributed to this fund, including The Colorado Health Foundation, the Alpenglow Foundation, Alpine Bank, FirstBank, RA Nelson LLC, and more.

In addition to the 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 six school-based health centers, we have provided over 14,000 vaccines and booster shots to individuals and students. In the words of Karen, “A friend of mine said ‘Don’t cry when you get the shot.’ I almost cried when I got the appointment, as I was so relieved. Thank you also for taking care of so many people. The work you do taking care of low-income families and so many more allows our valley to prosper and thrive.”

If you did not have a chance to participate in our matching gift program, you can still make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women, and children by making a tax-deductible gift to Mountain Family today.

Every gift – no matter the size, is incredibly important to those we serve. Click here to make a gift.  

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. 

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Kendra Nagey, PNP recently promoted to Site Medical Director, School-Based Health Centers

School-based health centers provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care to students where it is most convenient — in their schools! Mountain Family Health Centers is proud to bring integrative care to the children of the Roaring Fork Valley and Avon through this unique model, in our continued efforts to improve health equity and ensure everyone has access to high-quality care. 

Kendra was born and raised outside Boston, MA. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her BSN and MSN. Before becoming a PNP, Kendra worked as a pediatric emergency nurse. After completing her PNP training, Kendra joined a large pediatric practice in Annapolis, MD. During this time, Kendra became a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Kendra enjoys caring for well and sick children at every stage, with special interests in newborn care, lactation, and pediatric and adolescent mental health. Outside of work, Kendra loves to spend as much time as she can outside with her children, husband, and their pound-puppy.

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Mountain Family administers 2,145 COVID-19 vaccines in on-site vaccination tour through Roaring Fork schools

From Nov 11th, 2021 – Dec 30th, 2021, our COVID team was able to vaccinate a total of 2,145 people in the community.

Our numbers for these Clinics are as follows:

  • 165 1st doses for ages 12 and older
  • 158 2nd doses for ages 12 and older
  • 957 Boosters for ages 16 and older
  • 484 1st doses for ages 5years -11years
  • 381 2nd doses for ages 5years -11years

HUGE shout out to the MFHC team who made all of this possible!

We had several parents call and ask for the next vaccine tour schedule, as they were out of town when their child was due for their 2nd dose around the holidays. The School District now has the below schedule and will be sharing it with their ​families and staff. Also, children ages 12 and older, are now eligible for their boosters.

1st Vaccine
(Please use this consent form in English)
(Please use this consent form in Spanish)


These Vaccine Clinics will be open to the public, no ID or appointment required.1st and 2nd doses for ages 5 and older & Boosters for 12 years of age and older.
Basalt Middle- Jan 19th 8a-1130a
Basalt High- Jan 19th 1p-430pa
GWS High- Jan 20th 8a-1130a
GWS Middle- Jan 20th 1p-430p
Roaring Fork High- Jan 21st8a-1130a
Carbondale Middle- Jan 21st1p-430p
Riverview School- Jan 24th 8a-1130a

2nd Vaccine
(Please use this consent form in English)
(Please use this consent form in Spanish)


These Vaccine Clinics will be open to the public, no ID or appointment required.1st and 2nd doses for ages 5 and older & Boosters for 12 years of age and older.
Basalt Middle- Feb 9th 8a-1130a
Basalt High- Feb 9th 1p-430pa
GWS High- Feb 10th 8a-1130a
GWS Middle- Feb 10th 1p-430p
Roaring Fork High- Feb 11th 8a-1130a
Carbondale Middle- Feb 11th 1p-430p
Riverview School- Feb 14th 8a-1130a

Read more from the Post Independent story January 7, 2022.  
Read more from the Post Independent story November 23, 2021.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study on how social determinants of health are addressed in Medicaid managed care. A publication on the study’s findings was published last week and is available HERE. A companion study describing findings from a contract review of SDoH terms in Medicaid managed care organization contracts is available HERE

Valley’s “resource rich” mental health community helps counter discouraging system. Click HERE to read full Aspen Times article.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8pm, Colorado Mountain College will be hosting a Dental Profession Community Listening Session. Kindly RSVP your attendance before January 26. As you may be aware, we’ve been working with CMC over the past year to begin developing a combined CMC-MFHC dental clinic in Edwards, CO, to train the next generation of dental hygienists and to increase access to oral health in Eagle County.

This is a great opportunity to use your voice to advocate for increased access to dental care in our community and to advocate for developing training programs for dental hygiene in Western Colorado. Please attend and/or share with your oral health colleagues and encourage them to attend.

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Given the rapid increase of COVID cases locally due to the Omicron variant, patients are highly encouraged to receive their COVID vaccination and/or booster series and to utilize Mountain Family’s telehealth services, whereby you can have a medical or behavioral health visit with your MFHC provider via the convenience of your computer or phone. To make a telehealth appointment and/or receive your COVID vaccinations, please call Mountain Family at 970-945-2840 or visit us online at www.mountainfamily.org.

If you prefer an in person visit, these remain available and we continue to require all patients and visitors to wear a mask while in our office.

Mountain Family Health Centers is pleased to share that we have administered over 14,200 COVID vaccines as of January 5, 2022. 70% of those vaccinations have been given to the Latinx community. 

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Since I got here Storie has been a huge resource due to her knowledge of MA workflows and NextGen, and it has been great to see her growth into the Practice Director role. And while I’ve always known I can rely on Storie to be consistent and reliable, she has gone above and beyond in relation to COVID. Last spring she took ownership of coordinating with the Roaring Fork School District and some additional partners for COVID vaccine clinics at high schools and middle schools. Storie coordinated the events at two schools last spring and when it came to coordinating clinics this fall for even more schools the district asked that she coordinate the events for ALL of their schools. I’m sure there were many factors in the decision to coordinate with only MFHC and not other partners, but Storie’s attention to detail, communication with the school staff, and efficiency in the clinics she ran was definitely a large part of it. The end results was an amazing feat that Storie organized and lead: in 6 days she and a small team ran vaccine clinics in 12 different schools throughout the Roaring Fork district and vaccinated around 600 people (numbers still being tallied!). Additionally, the team will do this same drill again in December for the second dose and our community will be safer because of the incredible efforts that Storie put in to make sure that everything was in place and ran smoothly.

– Marija Weeden

Storie has gone above and beyond over the past few months to coordinate with the schools in anticipation of the COVID vaccine receiving approval for kids ages 5-11.  She has worked tirelessly to schedule vaccine clinic days in the schools, coordinate staffing, and transport supplies.  She and Jocelyn were at the clinic every day for 2 weeks loading supplies at 7 am.  Meanwhile, she continues to be responsive to emails, clinic requests, and all of her normal duties as practice manager. 

This is not the first time Storie has taken on such a task.  She has been organizing vaccine clinics since we started giving them earlier this year.  She has given countless hours of her time to this effort and truly deserves recognition.

Storie has stepped up into her role as practice manager with grace and ease.  We appreciate her every day!

– Emily Borkovec

I would like to nominate Storie for so many reasons, but to keep it short and sweet would be because she is a true believer and follower of MFHC’s Mission.

She works endless hours to make sure that the BA Clinic is running smoothly and even helps other clinics. Storie as a PM and Supervisor always has an open door and is always willing to listen to her fellow colleagues and making sure we are good to go.

Not only that but Storie has made an amazing effort to reach out to the community and to be able to vaccinate so many kids from 5-11 and even others for their first, second and booster. Storie made the school clinics flow flawless and even made it fun!

For myself personally she makes me want to keep coming to work everyday because she is a leader and always lending a hand when we need it.

– Jocelyn Vega

She has such a calm, competent presence and has accomplished so much for the Basalt clinic. She is a great listener and takes the time to understand the details of whatever question or concern I bring to her. Through her work on our vaccine clinics, as well as building a partnership with Pitkin County Health and Human Services, she shows how much she cares about our patients and our community. Thank you, Storie!

– Sara Jacobs

She has been such an inspiration with the way she has assembled and executed all the COVID clinics. Her leadership is impressive, handling a variety of challenging situations with schools and administration with grace. Storie advocated for us when situations were not ideal for vaccinations and was successful in shifting them for a positive outcome. Because of her, we have vaccinated over 1500 people in our community against COVID! She is so kind and supportive as a manager. As someone who has worked lots of jobs, to have a supervisor see me as a human and an equal- not just an employee- has solidified my commitment to Mountain Family and pushed me to pursue a full-time role here. I believe she is the epitome of Mountain Family values and it is an honor to come and work with her.

– Ashley Buckberg

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For her generous and decisive leadership and commitment to the CHC mission, we are pleased to present Annette Franta with the CHAMPS Exceptional Administrative Leadership Award.

CHAMPS was honored to recognize our 2021 CHAMPS Awardees during a virtual Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 22, 2021. Each year, these awards allow CHAMPS to recognize exceptional contributions to the health center community, focusing on outstanding advocacy, leadership, and dedication to the health center mission.

Annette has been the Chief Financial Officer at Mountain Family Health Centers since 2005, paving a path for innovation and critical thinking. As CFO, Annette is responsible for fiscal management, including the Patient Accounts, Outreach and Enrollment, Finance, and Facilities Departments. Previously, Annette was the Finance Director at Mind Springs Health, and she consulted with a national firm coordinating fiscal management for local governments in the West.

Annette is solid, reliable, sensible, and smart. She participates on multiple committees hosted by Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), including their Payment Reform Committee and Rates Work Group, and she was chair of the CCHN Fiscal Section for three years. Annette listens carefully to committee discussions and contributes her ideas based on analyses she has already run for Mountain Family; her practical and fact-based contributions are often what’s needed to drive decisions and agreements.

As Polly Anderson, Vice President of Strategy and Financing at CCHN, included in her nomination, “Annette is one of the first CFOs I go to when I’m trying to understand something about CHC financing or cost reporting. She is always generous with her time and explains things in a way that non-financial people can grasp. She is a big picture thinker that helps us balance what is correct with what is good for patients, and this always helps us move complex decisions forward. And she is both fun and funny to boot – a real pleasure to work with.”

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Mountain Family Health Centers recently welcomed two new Medical Providers and two new Dental providers to our team.

Adam Hallin, PA-C – Glenwood Springs

Adam Hallin earned his Master’s degree at the Colorado Mesa University Physician Assistant program. During his medical education, he was selected to receive specialized clinical training focused on rural and underserved communities of western Colorado, based in the Roaring Fork Valley. Born and raised in Arizona, he has considered Colorado his home since 2009 when he came to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is passionate about preventative medicine and bringing better access to care for patients in the valley. In his free time, you can find him enjoying the freedom of the hills through skiing, biking, climbing, hiking, and backpacking.



Megan Voss, PA-C – Glenwood Springs

Megan Voss, PA-C was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and earned her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University. Megan attended the Physician Assistant program at Red Rocks in Denver and received a Master’s degree from St. Francis University. Megan comes to Mountain Family from another community health center in Alamosa, Colorado. Megan enjoys seeing patients of all ages and is passionate about providing quality and affordable healthcare to the underserved.  In Megan’s free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading and enjoying the great outdoors.





Dr. Benjamin Sheridan, DDS – Rifle

A recent transplant to Rifle, Dr. Sheridan grew up in Tampa, Florida. Prior to completing his DMD at Roseman University in Salt Lake City, Utah, he took a gap year to explore the western slope of the Rockies by bike. After experiencing the outdoor splendor of Colorado, he became determined to settle down there, and the rest is history! Dr. Sheridan enjoys the delicate artistry of dentistry and works passionately to help people smile.  In his spare time, he enjoys biking the local trails, fishing, and kayaking. He is particularly excited to explore the local waterways without fear of alligators and sharks!





Dr. Alice Kaniff, DDS, DABDSM – Basalt

Alice Kaniff, DDS, DABDSM owned a private practice, in the Suburbs of Chicago, where she was born and raised. Dr. Kaniff was recruited, from her practice, by the United States Air Force. She served active duty, as Lieutenant Colonel, at the USAFA Cadet Dental Clinic, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Dr. Kaniff moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005, as a comprehensive dentist for Basalt, Aspen and Steamboat Springs. She brings her expertise in TMD/ oral facial pain, attention to periodontal disease and its prevention, removable and fixed solutions to tooth loss. In addition, Dr. Kaniff is a treatment specialist in oral appliances therapy for sleep apnea and snoring, as the life saving alternative to CPAP. As a past provider, in Long Term Care facilities, she enhanced and facilitated, the dental care/ preventive needs of the residents, in partnership with the medical staff, social workers and families.

Dr. Kaniff obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University of Chicago Dental School. Her advanced education includes USAF, Dawson Center of Studies, and Northwestern University. She has specialty certifications, as a Diplomat with American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Kaniff is an avid reader, a volunteer for Aspen Valley Ski/ Snow board club (AVSC), hikes, and enjoys making sourdough bread.

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Mountain Family Health Centers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center

OUR MISSION

We improve the health of our community by providing equitable and affordable medical, behavioral, and dental healthcare for all.


970-945-2840
contact@mountainfamily.org
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1905 Blake Avenue, Suite 101
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601