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Community health assessment is one of public healths core services and is done on an ongoing basis in Colorado, including in our county. Garfield County Public Health is currently conducting a community health assessment. A health survey is being distributed regionally in collaboration with Eagle and Pitkin counties. The survey gathers community members perceptions about personal health, as well as the health of the communities at large and the services available to address these issues. Information gathered from the surveys, as well as from the regions current health statistics, focus groups, and other means will guide the agency in its future program planning and evaluation of the communitys existing health-related services. Surveys can be found at city halls, libraries and various public offices through the month of October. Please take a few minutes to help in this important project by filling out a survey and putting the completed survey in the return box.Information gathered from the survey as well as the entire assessment will be shared with the public at community meetings in the spring of 2006.Flu shotsPublic health also reminds citizens to get a flu shot. The agency will be providing vaccines to high-risk individuals through October and will be available to everyone in November.Immunizations for seniors were given at the Rifle Senior Center and the CMC Blake Center Tuesday. There will also be senior vaccination clinics today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parachute Senior Center, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carbondale Senior Lunch, and from 5-7 p.m. at the New Castle senior dinner at the New Castle Caf. Vaccinations for seniors will also be given from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at the Silt Senior Lunch.To find times and locations of vaccinations for the rest of Garfield Countys residents, call 945-6614 or 625-5200. The fee for immunizations is $15 again this year.Clean-A-ThonColumbine Home Health Inc. and Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living are conducting a Clean-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5. Volunteers are needed to help clean senior citizens homes. If you can help out for a few hours, they would really appreciate your help.Ten teams of three members each will be performing this service. If you are a senior or know of a senior that may need some cleaning for that day, please give them a call at 945-8050. Columbine Home Health Inc. is a nonprofit home health care agency that services valley seniors and disabled adults from Basalt to Parachute. YouthZone tackles meth problemYouthZone will be sponsoring a brown bag lunch meeting to discuss the treatment of methamphetamine at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the county commissioners meeting room, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call YouthZone at 945-9300 with questions. Domestic Violence Awareness October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can become involved and show your support for victims of domestic violence by participating in Peace Begins at Home, sponsored by The Advocate Safehouse Project. The gathering for peace begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Centennial Park in Glenwood Springs.Local businesses, including the Heart to Heart Gift Shop in Valley View Hospital, Through the Looking Glass, Marble Slab Creamery, Glenwood Canyon Brewpub, Downtown Drug, May Palace, Book Train, Good Health, Sacred Grounds and KaleidoScoops, have clipboards with purple ribbons for personalization. Interested parties may write their own name or a name of a friend on the ribbon who have been affected by domestic violence in some way. The ribbons will be displayed at the peace gathering. This is not a fund-raising event, said event organizer Julia Williams. It is an event to raise awareness about the widespread affect of domestic violence and provide support for the victims.Short speeches by prominent community leaders will be encouraged, and any participant may speak at the event, as well.Kay Vasilakis is the Garfield County Human Services Commission media coordinator. She can be reached at 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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