5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer


Start the summer off right. RMYC’s Registered Dietitian Julie Gardner offers expert advice to keep our kids and families on track with healthy eating during the summer. Julie recently joined RMYC to provide nutrition services and manage the Food Pantry. We’re excited to have her to support our Get Fit program and other services to support the health of our patients.


Hydrate – Make sure you are getting enough fluids, especially when it’s hot out. Kids need 5-7 glasses of water each day, depending on their age. Adults require 8 – 10 glasses of water a day. If water seems less than exciting, try making ice cubes with small pieces of fruit in them, or fruit juice ice cubes to cool your water down and add a little flavor.


Eat lots of fruits and vegetables – Summer is the best time to buy a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and they’re less expensive when

Dietitian Julie Gardner and parent Jeibi in RMYC's Food Pantry

Dietitian Julie Gardner and parent Jeibi in RMYC’s Food Pantry

they’re in season. Try eating at least one serving (1 piece or ½ cup) of fruit or vegetables at every meal and snack.


Try eating an alternative protein at least once a week. Instead of meat, try using beans. Beans are high in protein and fiber, and lower in fat. Tofu is another great choice, and is less expensive than meat.


Be active. Kids need about an hour of moderate physical activity per day and adults need about 30 minutes a day. Take a walk or bike ride with the family after dinner, or play an active game with the kids. Family activities are a great time to re-connect with everyone.


Keep your outdoor party foods safe. Always use a thermometer to make sure your meats are heated to the proper temperature. If you are serving salads, side dishes, or desserts outdoors put them on ice, or be sure they get back in the refrigerator after 2 hours.

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: 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!

What to Expect…When You Have an Infant

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Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! Feeling a little overwhelmed? Here are some tips from our providers to help get you through these first few weeks with your new addition. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list–rather a guideline for what to expect. (As always, if you suspect something is seriously wrong, please call your healthcare provider or emergency services)


In your baby’s first year of life, regular check-ups occur: 1-3 days after hospital discharge, at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year old. Other office visits may be recommended based on your baby’s individual needs.


Please remember to always put your baby flat on his/her back to sleep.

Your baby will breathe best on a firm mattress. No pillows, blankets, or stuffed toys in the bed.


A fever in a newborn is an emergency.

If you think something is wrong with your baby, please check the temperature right away. Use a digital thermometer under the armpit.

Seek medical attention if the temperature is above 99.5.


Jaundice (yellow skin) is a common problem in newborn babies. Jaundice usually goes away by itself in the first 2 weeks of life. Your health care provider will let you know if we need to treat your baby’s jaundice.


Your baby should eat every 2-3 hours in the first few weeks of life. You may need to wake your baby for feedings sometimes. If your baby demands to eat more frequently this is OK too! Many babies will eat 1-3 oz (30-90 ml) per feeding in the first few weeks.


Hiccups and sneezing are normal behaviors in newborns.


The number of wet and dirty diapers per day will increase with time. If your baby does not have any wet diapers in 6-8 hours, please call and let your doctor know.


Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

The Importance of Well Child Checks

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Here at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, we believe in taking proactive steps to keep children healthy. One of the most important ways a parent can do this is by working with their pediatrician to schedule Well Child Checks at the proper time. But what is a Well Child Check, and why is it important?

What is a Well Child Check?

A Well Child Check (WCC) is also known as a “physical” or “preventative medicine”. It is a checkup that is regularly scheduled with your doctor to track the growth and development of your child and to give any age appropriate immunizations. In addition, it is a time to build a trusting relationship between your family and your pediatric provider, which is key to providing the best care for your child. Depending on the age and health of your child, the visits will have different frequencies, from as often as every 2 months to as far apart as every year.

What are the kinds of things the doctor checks at the WCC?

The doctor will check the all-around health of your child. According to the age of your child, the doctor will screen for different issues. The visits are different for every age group, and while all visits include some standard evaluations such as nutrition, growth, development, vision, anemia checks and vital signs, each visit is tailored to your child’s needs.  If you have specific concerns about your child’s growth or behavior and development – this is the time to bring it up!  Often, it is during the WCC that parents and providers will identify concerns that require screening for issues such as high cholesterol, mental health or behavioral issues or even autism! For older children and teenagers, regular WCC’s with their doctor can help identify and educate around certain high-risk behaviors.
How important are WCC’s really?

Really, truly important! WCC’s help identify any potential issues early—and early intervention is key to having the best chance of success in many different areas. Regularly scheduled WCC’s are a core part of developing a trusting relationship between you, your child and your provider, which is essential to making sure you and your pediatric provider  are on the same page. You are the best resource for your doctor when it comes to your child’s health! Developing this relationship helps you and your child feel comfortable asking questions at every appointment, and as a child gets older, helps your child feel more comfortable asking their doctor about things such as puberty or concerning symptoms such as depression.  WCC are also the time to check in regarding your child’s baseline health issues such as asthma or ADHD, get refills and evaluate for any changes in your child’s symptoms or management plan.  So as you can see, regularly scheduled WCC are an essential part of your child’s long-term health maintenance! And we want to make sure your kids are leading their healthiest lives, every day. Call us today to schedule your WCC appointment for your child!

The typical schedule for WCC is as follows:

Newborn check
2 week WCC
2 month WCC
4 month WCC
6 month WCC
9 month WCC
12 month WCC
15 month WCC
18 month WCC
24 month (2 year old) WCC
30 month WCC
36 month (3 year old) WCC
4 years old and annually going forward through age 21 years old.