Colorado Gives Day is on December 8th!

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Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the sixth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Donations are accepted through ColoradoGives.org. Simply click on our donate button to be taken directly to our Coloradogives.org profile page to preschedule or donate!

Colorado Gives Day was established by the Community First Foundation to promote online giving to Colorado nonprofits.  To leverage donations, FirstBank of Colorado, Community First Foundation, and the Colorado Health Foundation have formed a $1 Million Incentive Fund to boost giving through ColoradoGives.org. The Incentive Fund will be allocated according to the proportion of total funds raised by each participating non-profit.  The more money RMYC raises, the more we receive from the Incentive Fund. You can also preschedule your donation beginning November 1st so you don’t have to worry about forgetting on December 8th. Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you on the 8th!

**Update** We have some generous donations to give away to some new donors this year! The first eight donors who give over $20 on Colorado Gives Day will receive a package of free coffee or office supplies from Eon Office, or a Bonnie Brae Gift Card!

Thank you to Eon and Bonnie Brae for your generous support of our efforts!

Meet Us Monday: Amara Frumkin

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This week’s Meet Us Monday features our Care Navigator in Aurora, Amara Frumkin. Amara started with RMYC in August 2014, and has been with RMYC for a little over a year.  We sat down with Amara and learned some interesting facts about herself along with a quick glimpse of what a Care Navigator does and some of her favorite parts about working with RMYC.

Tell Us About Yourself: I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and spent my high school years in Massachusetts. I attended college in Vancouver, British Columbia and New Haven, Connecticut before moving to Colorado in 2014. I have an older brother who lives in D.C. My dad lives in Seattle, WA and my mom lives in Boston,MA.

What is your role at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic?: I am a Care Navigator at the Aurora Clinic.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?: I love getting to blend patient contact with community activism. And I love seeing all the beautiful kids and families in clinic every day!

How long have you worked at RMYC?: I started working here in August of 2014, so just about a year.

What is your favorite part of working for RMYC?: I love the sense of passion and commitment to our cause that is evident across the organization, and the close-knit family feeling of the Aurora clinic.

What kinds of hobbies and interest do you have outside of work?: I love biking, hiking, rock-climbing and finding other ways to be outside and explore the great state of Colorado.

What are you passionate about?: I am passionate about working to make the world a better place for our children. I’m also passionate about travelling – anywhere and everywhere!

Tell us the most interesting fact about you?: I have no idea! I can speak Kiswahili… though it might be getting a little rusty now.

People would be surprised if they knew: I cannot blow up balloons.

Meet Us Monday: Kate Scott

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This week’s Meet Us Monday features one of our Care Navigators, Kate Scott. Kate started as an intern for RMYC and then continued working with us following her internship. We got a chance to sit down with Kate and talk to her  about her favorite parts of working at RMYC along with some interesting facts about herself, and a quick glimpse of what a our Care Navigators do!

Tell Us About Yourself: Kate Scott, Masters of Social Work.  I was born and raised in Durango Colorado but have lived in Denver for the last 9 ½ years.  I am really close with my family.  I have a 2 ½ year old nephew that is my world!

What is your role at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics?: I am the Care Navigator at the Thornton clinic.  My role is to connect and provide families to resources within the community.  I also help with school and hospital advocacy.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?: I enjoy connecting with families in the community.  Makes my day when I know I have made a difference with a family.

How long have you worked at RMYC?: I was originally an intern at RMYC. Once my internship ended I was hired and continued to work with the Thrive clinic as well as research and data collection.

What is your favorite part of working for RMYC?: My favorite aspect of working with RMYC is working with a mixed group of professionals who all have so much to offer. We are all here to serve the children and their families.

What kinds of hobbies and interest do you have outside of work?: I love to be outdoors whenever I can! Hiking and walking around the park. I love going to the movies and hanging out with friends.

What are you passionate about?: Family, friends and my cat!  I also love helping children.

Tell us the most interesting fact about you?: I’ve had 5 different surgeries

People would be surprised if they knew: I have an exotic pet!



Meet Us Monday: Jolie Rinebarger

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This week’s Meet Us Monday features one of our Senior Behavioral Health Consultants, Jolie Rinebarger. Jolie is new to Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics as we welcomed her about two months ago to the team. We got a chance to sit down and chat with Jolie about her favorite parts of working at RMYC so far along with some interesting facts about herself, and a quick glimpse of what a Senior Behavioral Health Consultant does!


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Tell Us About Yourself: Jolie Rinebarger, LCSW.  I am blessed to have a wonderful family and close friends, both near and far.  They inspire me to do my best, always be learning, and treat others the way I want to be treated.

What is your role at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic?: I am the Senior Behavioral Health Consultant.  I see patients at the Thornton and Denver clinics three days a week, and spend the rest of my time on administrative tasks for Behavioral Health.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Interacting with patients, families, and the other providers.  It is so inspiring to be part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team of professionals who are all determined to provide the best care for RMYC patients and families. It’s great to be able to do my part and hopefully help patients lead healthy, successful lives.

How long have you worked at RMYC?: Almost 2 months.

What is your favorite part of working for RMYC?: The kids!

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?: Pretty much anything outdoors.  My favorite activities include hiking, running, yoga, reading, traveling, and baking.  I really want to try stand up paddleboarding.  I try to spend as much time with my friends and family as possible.  I love music, Broncos football, random adventures, and making memories.

What are you passionate about?:  Wellness!  Self-care and caring for one another.  The world can be a rough place but there are things we can do to make it better for ourselves, each other, and future generations.  I want to do my part in spreading compassion, health, joy, and peace.  There is a great big world out there—I want to see and do as much as I can.

Tell us the most interesting fact about you?: I was born in the smallest state in the USA.

People would be surprised if they knew:  I have not had cable, digital, or satellite TV in over 12 years.

Meet Us Monday: Lizette Mancha

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This week’s Meet Us Monday will be featuring our Billing and Coding Specialist, Lizette Mancha. Lizette has been with RMYC for two years this summer. Prior to having the role as the Billing and Coding Specialist, Lizette was our front desk receptionist. We got a chance to speak with Liz about her favorite parts of working at RMYC along with some fun facts about herself, and an easy-to-understand explanation of what a Billing and Coding Specialist does!



Tell Us About Yourself: My name is Lizette Mancha. My family migrated here from Mexico but I was born in here in Denver. I also can fluently speak Spanish.

What is your role at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics?: As a Billing and Coding Specialist, I help educate providers  on coding, which is the process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers. Along with this there are rules and regulations with each code that we have to follow in order to get reimbursed by our payers. I’m the liaison between our billing company (ALN) and our clinic. Also, I pull reports to help increase revenue.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?: I enjoy helping this organization maximize their revenue to help the mission continue.

What is your favorite part of working for RMYC?: My favorite part of working at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic is that I enjoy my coworkers and what they go through to help others.

What kinds of hobbies and interest do you have outside of work?: I love to travel, take hikes, and read.

Interested in Helping Keep Kids Healthy?

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If you are a Latino family and would be interested in participating in a community venture to learn from other families about your children’s health, this is a great opportunity! Please click on the image below to enlarge it for more information about location and who to contact!CHAI_150052092_Familias Saludables Recruitment Brochure_Page_1 CHAI_150052092_Familias Saludables Recruitment Brochure_Page_2

Meet Us Monday: Sheri Tafoya

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Want to learn more about the people who make up Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics? Follow us each Monday as we will be introducing a staff member from various departments in a behind-the-scenes look around Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics. Our first Meet Us Monday will feature our administrative assistant, Sheri Tafoya. She has been with Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics for 12 years. Sheri handles a lot of the invoicing, as well as signing patients up for Medicaid and getting our doctors credentialed, among many other things! We got a chance to sit down and chat with her about her favorite parts about working at RMYC along with some fun facts about herself.



Tell Us About Yourself: My name is Sheri Tafoya, I have been married for 35 years and am the mother of two girls and a grandmother to Jonah.

What aspect of you role do you enjoy most?: I enjoy helping people find exactly what they need at RMYC.

What is your favorite part of working for RMYC?: My favorite part about working at RMYC is the wonderful people I work with all doing wonderful things.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you enjoy outside of work?: I really enjoy cooking and reading.

Tell us the most interesting fact about you?: I am a pretty good cook.

People would be surprised if they knew: I love “Dr. Who” and all things time travel.

Any other comments you would like to share with us today?: Winter and Christmas are my favorite times of the year.

Resources for Food Assistance

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Now that school is out, many kids who are receiving free or reduced priced meals at school are left wondering where their next meal will come from. There are many resources available for families facing food insecurity and struggling to get enough to eat in the home! Any family can experience difficulty securing enough food, from temporary shortages to ongoing needs.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and seek help! Here is a list of resources put together by Amara Frumkin, Care Navigator at our Aurora Clinic:

Statewide Resources


Main office: 303-866-3122


Gov’t program that provides monthly benefits to low-income households to buy food needed for nutritionally adequate diet, regardless of age of family members.


Main information line: 1-800-688-7777


Special supplemental program for families with child under 5 years old.  Provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy food and other services to qualifying families.

 Hunger Free Hotline

Denver Metro: 720-382-2920

Statewide, Toll-free: 855-855-4626


Statewide organization dedicated to ending hunger in Colorado. Will connect you to food resources, information and more.

 Food Bank of the Rockies

(303) 371-9250


Call for information about local resources.

May have baby supplies in addition to food.

Local Food Banks

Please call prior to going to confirm hours.

Adams County

Adams County Food Distribution

7111 E 56th Ave , Commerce City


Thornton Community Food Bank

8990 York St, Thornton


Growing Home

3489 W 72nd Ave, Westminster


Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

10785 Melody Dr, Northglenn


Salvation Army, West Adams

2821 W 65th Pl, Denver


Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics: Edna’s Pantry

9197 Grant St, Thornton

303-450-3699 x 1140

Arapahoe County

Ansar Pantry 

1480 Lima St, Aurora


Aurora County Dept Human Services

14980 E Alameda Dr


Aurora Alliance Church

15600 E Alameda Pkway, Aurora


Colfax Community Network

1585 Kingston St, Aurora


Salvation Army Aurora Corps

802 Quari Ct, Aurora


Aurora Interfaith Community Services

1553 Clinton St, Aurora


Denver County

 Food Bank of the Rockies

10700 E 45th Ave, Denver


Bienvenidos Food Bank

2224 W 32nd Ave/2224 W 32nd Ave, Denver


Metro CareRing

1100 E. 18th Ave, Denver


Northwest Family Assistance

2224 W. 32nd Ave, Denver


If you are facing difficulties with food, please let our Care Navigators know at your next appointment. We can help!

Care Navigators:

Aurora-Amara Frumkin, 303.360.8111 X 1206

Denver-Kacy Behrend, 720.508.8370

Thornton-Kate Scott, 303.450.3690 X 1107

What is…a Care Navigator?

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Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC) offers Care Navigation services at each of our stand-alone clinics in Aurora, Denver, and Thornton.

But what is a Care Navigator exactly, and what is our Care Navigation program?

Care Navigators are trained social workers and other professionals that assist our families in obtaining health insurance, coordinating with other medical offices, and accessing social services to support the entire family. Care Navigation is patient and family-centered, and is available either by patient request or provider suggestion. It is based on the needs, culture and values of individual families in accordance with medical home principals and in collaboration with the RMYC team and community service providers. Care Navigators help families overcome barriers by providing knowledge and assistance to help “navigate” through complex systems in order to access quality health care, financial assistance, translation services, transportation, housing, clothing, food, educational support, and early intervention referrals.

RMYC Care Navigation activities are consistent with enhanced primary care that is provided through The Accountable Care Collaborative, Colorado Medicaid’s primary health care program and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim of improved health outcomes, enhanced patient experience and reduced costs.

If you are in any of our stand-alone clinics and would like to talk to a Care Navigator, let the primary care provider know! They’ll be happy to introduce you and see how our Care Navigators can assist you and your family. The Care Navigators at our clinics are:

Aurora: Amara Frumkin, 303.360.8111 X 1206
Denver: Kacy Behrend, 720.508.8370
Thornton: Kate Scott, 303.450.3690 X 1107

Reach Out and Read Colorado and Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics: Generating School Readiness, One Book at a Time

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In honor of the Dr. Seuss’s birthday earlier this week, we’re featuring a blog post by Christine Dickey of Reach Out and Read, one of our awesome partner programs! Thanks, Christine!

For nearly as long as Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics have been providing quality care for Colorado’s youngest, they have also been prescribing books to children through a partnership with Reach Out and Read Colorado, an evidence-based nonprofit striving to make school readiness commonplace . In 2014 alone, Rocky Mountain Youth medical providers distributed nearly 8,000 brand new, developmentally-appropriate books with anticipatory guidance to children and families, beginning at 6 months and continuing through 5 years of age. The books are used as a tool to encourage families to read together promoting early literacy and healthy brain development. By the time Reach Out and Read Colorado participants reach kindergarten, they will possess a richer vocabulary, produce higher language scores, and have a 3 to 6 month developmental edge when compared to their counterparts of the same income level.

Rocky Mountain Youth providers have been implementing Reach Out and Read since 1997, the inaugural year for the Reach Out and Read Colorado coalition. Since then, the program has consistently grown and now sees thousands of children across 5 health care clinics within the Rocky Mountain Youth health care system, making up a portion of the 260 sites participating statewide.

Veteran providers like Dr. Alfie Meister appreciate how seamlessly the Reach Out and Read program model fits into the well child exam, noting “we only have 20 minutes so when I take 2 minutes to say this is the most important thing you can do for your child—as important as getting their immunizations, as important as good nutrition, as important as exercise—that sends a strong message”.  Additionally, Dr. Meister and other providers appreciate the inclusivity of the Reach Out and Read Colorado approach, which transcends cultural and economic backgrounds to reach every family in a meaningful way. “Kids love their parents more than anything, and sharing that love of books with their children translates to a love of books for them. When kids love to read they’re going to be better at it, and they’ll be better at school”, says Dr. Meister referring to the success of the two-generation approach which taps into the importance of parent-child bonding.

For nearly two decades, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics have been providing an elevated level of care to families across the Front Range and in welcoming Reach Out and Read Colorado to be a part of that effort many educational opportunities have been created for children who previously would have been without. Together Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and Reach Out and Read Colorado are creating a more collaborative and dynamic community, one book at a time.

Thanks so much, Christine! What are your favorite books to read with your kids? Share in the comments below!