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RMYC Honors Firefighter Who Found Home for Disabled Teen

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RMYC Honors Firefighter Who Found Home for Disabled Teen

April 19, 2017

Contacts: Myung Kim, RMYC, mkim@rmyclinics.org, 720-360-4325

Laure Bridges, Aurora Fire Rescue, lbridges@auroragov.org, 303-326-8978

During a surprise ceremony, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and mother Karin Washington honored Lt. Tony Krenz of Aurora Fire Rescue for his outstanding efforts to find a home for Karin’s disabled teen and significantly improve their day-to-day life.

Savannah Washington, 19, was born with global development delays and requires the use of a wheelchair to manage her behavior and enable her transportation. For over a year, Karin Washington was required to get Savannah and her wheelchair up and down a flight of stairs to get in and out of her apartment. Karin often called the non-emergency number for Aurora Fire Rescue to ask for help with the stairs. Lt. Krenz found out about the predicament and took it upon himself to find a new home for them without stairs.

“Those stairs were steep and scary and made it very difficult on a daily basis for my daughter and I,” Karin said. “There were times when I would break down and cry and call the fire department for help. I met Lt. Tony Krenz a year ago and he became a friend and advocate for my daughter and I. He found an apartment for us with no stairs and it has made a huge difference in our lives to be able to get out every day.”

Karin, Savannah and staff from Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, Savannah’s longtime medical provider, surprised Lt. Krenz during a recent commander’s meeting with a plaque, gifts, and an emotional speech.

“Tony – we admire you and we appreciate. You are a true hero and we love you,” Karin said.

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Lt. Krenz currently serves as a Public Information Officer at Aurora Fire Rescue. He has been a firefighter, stationed at Engines 2, 4, 6 and 7, since 2009. He still talks to and helps Karin and Savannah and said what he did was just part of the job.

“I took an oath of service and helping Karin and Savannah is just part of what it means to serve,” Lt. Krenz said. “When I learned about their situation, I decided to find a safer, better place and I wasn’t going to take no for an answer.”

Sarah Freeman, a Care Navigator at RMYC, worked closely with Karin and other community partners trying to secure a safe and appropriate housing alternative. Despite all of their combined efforts, the problem went unsolved until Lt. Krenz got involved, committing his time and energy toward reaching a solution.

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“The living situation was a huge problem and a major safety issue for Savannah and Karin. Many of us had been working for a long time to find a better home for them,” Cohn said. “Without Tony’s outstanding efforts, I think Savannah and Karin would still be struggling with those stairs. What he did really made a huge impact on their lives and shows the importance of a community working together to help those in need.”

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The Medical Center of Aurora Donates 300 Food Bags by Ambulance to RMYC for Low-Income Families

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April 4, 2017

Contact: Myung Kim, mkim@rmyclinics.org, 720-360-4325

Staff at The Medical Center of Aurora collected and delivered 300 food bags by ambulance today to Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, a non-profit organization that provides integrated health care and support services – including a food pantry – to over 23,000 infants and youth in metro Denver and across Colorado.

“As health care providers, we know that proper nutrition is critical to good health, especially for infants and youth. Each year, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides food to thousands of families who are struggling financially or who have children who are failing to grow at a healthy rate due to lack of proper nutrition,” said Executive Director Jessica Dunbar. “We salute the staff at The Medical Center of Aurora for their commitment to the community and for such a huge and generous show of support with today’s food bag donations, which will help hundreds of local families.”

The food drive is the latest example of a long and productive partnership between Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and the Medical Center of Aurora. RMYC pediatricians provide care for newborns at the hospital and hospital employees have conducted numerous campaigns to provide books and food for RMYC patients. In addition, RMYC and the hospital coordinate care for many local patients and their families.

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 About Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics: Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics is a non-profit organization that provides accessible, affordable, high-quality health care and support programs to children across Colorado, regardless of their family’s insurance status or ability to pay. During its 20-year history, RMYC has grown from a single clinic to one of the largest pediatric health practices in Colorado, serving more than 23,000 infants and youth at three medical offices and nine school-based health centers in Metro Denver, Fort Collins, the west slope and southwest Colorado. Our experienced professionals focus on meeting all of the child’s health needs with medical and dental care, behavioral health counseling and healthy lifestyle programs. We also partner with dozens of organizations to connect kids and families to the services they need. More than 85% of our patients live in low-income households. In 2016, RMYC provided more than $800,000 of health care services to more than 1,700 uninsured patients whose families were unable to pay for care. More information is available at rmyclinics.org.


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ABOUT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

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ABOUT HEALTHONE

HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees.  As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care.  In addition, our family of services includes five hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.

Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics Awarded $150,000 to Improve Primary Care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact person: Dalia Garfinkel
Telephone number: 303 450 3690 X1311
Email address: dgarfinkel@rmyclinics.org
Web site address: www.rmyclinics.org

Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics Awarded $150,000 to Improve Primary Care

New Grant will Strengthen the Delivery of Integrated, Team-based Care

Thornton, CO, 10/12/2015 — Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC) recently received a $150,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to support  team-based care practices that have been shown to increase team satisfaction and improve patient health outcomes.

Over the next three years, RMYC’s medical staff, behavioral health consultants, dental professionals, care navigators, clinic manager and administrative leadership will carry out a plan focused on four main goals—1) encouraging consistent connections between patients and their primary care provider, 2) adopting and implementing a framework for quality improvement, 3) expanding team member roles and responsibilities based on evidence-based research, and 4) providing proactive care planning and effective population management for our high risk patients.

“At Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, we strive to offer high quality and comprehensive services to our patients,” says Jessica Dunbar, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics. “The support from the Colorado Health Foundation will enable us to act on the latest evidence-based research in primary care, so we can continue to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

The Colorado Health Foundation will connect RMYC with a technical assistance provider and provide access to a learning collaborative and practice coach during the 3 year term. These tools will help RMYC advance basic principles of team-based care such as shared goals, clear clinical roles, mutual trust, measurable processes and outcomes, and effective communication.

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About Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics

Founded in 1996, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides accessible, affordable, high-quality health care and integrated support programs to children and youth across Colorado, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. RMYC has grown from a single clinic that provided 2,000 patient visits a year to a vast network of traditional clinics, care mobiles, and school based clinics that serve approximately 22,000 kids annually. More than 85% of the patients served by RMYC live at or below 250% of the federal poverty line.

The care Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides for its patients goes far beyond medical services.  We offer a comprehensive integrated medical home model that includes medical, dental, behavioral health care and wrap around family support services.  To support the needs of patients and their families, RMYC offers numerous special programs such as the Get Fit Clinic that encourages eating healthy and active living to prevent and address childhood obesity, a Thrive Clinic that supports children who are failing to grow at a normal rate, a food pantry that responds to food insecurity and offers nutritious food for families in need, and a Care Navigation program to help families navigate complex health care systems and access resources for basic needs. These are just some of the many programs that RMYC offers at no additional cost to its patients.

About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grant making, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.

 

Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics Celebrates 6th Annual Safety Net Clinic Week With Local Legislatures

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Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics Celebrates 6th Annual Safety Net Clinic Week With:

U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman,

Colorado Senator Nancy Todd,

Colorado Representative Joseph Salazar and

Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams

Contact: Dalia Garfinkel

Phone: 303 861 4773

Email: dgarfinkel@rmyclinics.org

Safety Net Clinic Week 2015

Thornton, CO – 8/11/2015 – Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC), along with other Community Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and federally certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are celebrating the 6th Annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 17 – 21. Public officials and community leaders will visit safety net clinics to learn about the essential health care services the clinic provides to low income Coloradans who are uninsured, underinsured or insured through public programs like Medicaid, CHP+ and Medicare.

RMYC will host tours at two of its three primary clinic locations:

  • Colorado Senator Nancy Todd, Colorado Representative Joseph Salazar and Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams will tour RMYC’s Thornton location on August 18th from 9-10am at 9197 Grant Street in Thornton. The Senator, Representative and Mayor will tour the clinic, hear from a provider, and experience RMYC’s impact on the community serving Colorado’s most vulnerable children and families. Mayor Williams will present a Safety Net Clinics Week Proclamation that gives special recognition to RMYC. The  schedule for the morning is as follows:

9:00a.m.         Welcome by RMYC Board Chairman, Nick Ghiselli

Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams Presents Proclamation

9:15a.m.         Presentation by RMYC Provider Dr. Lucas Henderson

Videos on the history and patient experience with RMYC

9:30 a.m.        Clinic Tour Led by Dr. Lucas Henderson

  • Congressman Mike Coffman of the 6th Congressional District of Colorado will tour RMYC’s Aurora clinic on August 20th from 8-9am at 1550 South Potomac Street #130 in Aurora. The schedule for the morning is as follows:

8:00a.m.         Welcome by Herardo Martinez, Clinic Manager

Presentation by RMYC Medical Director, Dr. Sophia    Meharena

Videos on the history and patient experience with RMYC

8:30 a.m.        Clinic Tour Led by Herardo Martinez

Safety net clinics provide high quality care and offer much needed access to health care services in urban and rural communities even though federal funding is largely unavailable to them and they do not receive enhanced Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates associated with Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.

“Our clinics play a critical role in responding to the needs of Colorado communities as one of the state’s largest safety net clinics.  Safety Net Clinic Week is a great opportunity to share our contributions and commitment to serving all Coloradans,” said Jessica Dunbar, Executive Director of RMYC.

About Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics

Founded in 1996, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides accessible, affordable, high-quality health care and integrated support programs to children and youth across Colorado, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. RMYC has grown from a single clinic that provided 2,000 patient visits a year to a vast network of traditional clinics, care mobiles, and school based clinics that serve approximately 22,000 kids annually. More than 85% of the patients served by RMYC live at or below the poverty line.

The care Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides for its patients goes far beyond medical services.  We offer a comprehensive integrated medical home model that includes medical, dental, behavioral health care and wrap around family support services.  To support the needs of patients and their families, RMYC offers numerous programs including a Get Fit Clinic that encourages eating healthy and active living to prevent and address childhood obesity, a Thrive Clinic that supports children who are failing to grow at a normal rate, a food pantry that responds to food insecurity and offers nutritious food for families in need, and a Care Navigation program to help families navigate complex health care systems and access resources for basic needs. These are just some of the many programs that RMYC offers at no additional cost to its patients.

“ClinicNET is proud to represent the health care safety net and its diverse models of care delivery that are essential to health care access, health equity and innovative care delivery.  While CSNCs and RHCs are diverse in their business and practice models, they are comparable in their commitment to providing health and health care services to people in need.  They deliver meaningful results and value to their communities despite limited funding for general operations, workforce challenges, growing reporting and accountability requirements and payment models that don’t necessarily enable integrated care.  It is exciting to celebrate CSNCs and RHCs during Safety Net Clinic Week and to recognize each clinic’s role in serving individuals, families and entire communities.”   Sharon Adams, ClinicNET Executive Director.

Colorado’s Community Safety Net Clinics and federally certified Rural Health Clinics include 94 clinics located in 41 counties throughout Colorado. Annually, Colorado’s CSNCs and RHCs provide an estimated 1,125,000 visits to approximately 344,000 Coloradans, many in rural and underserved parts of our state. The clinics primarily serve Coloradans who are uninsured, underinsured or insured through public programs like Medicaid, CHP+ and Medicare.

About ClinicNET

ClinicNET is the centralized voice for Colorado’s Community Safety Net Clinics. ClinicNET is committed to strengthening Colorado’s safety net for people in need by advancing health equity, health care access and innovative care delivery. For more information about ClinicNET call (720) 863-7800 or go to www.clinicnet.org

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Safety Net Clinic Week 2015 Coordinator, Jess Worley by phone (720) 863-7805 or by email Jessica.worley@clinicnet.org.

ROARING FORK SCHOOL HEALTH CENTERS TO OPEN NEW LOCATION IN CARBONDALE

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Contact: Dalia Garfinkel

Phone: 303 861 4773

Email: dgarfinkel@rmyclinics.org

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7/14/2015 – Roaring Fork School Health Centers (RFSHC), in partnership with Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, will open its newest health center at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale on August 10th, 2015. The school based health clinic will serve students from Carbondale schools with a wide range of medical, behavioral health, dental, nutritional, care coordination and referral services.  In addition, RFSHC actively collaborate with community organizations to bring most needed services into the schools.

According to recent data released by the Colorado Health Institute and Colorado Health Foundation in the 2015 Health Report Card, nearly 22 percent of Colorado’s kids live in poverty, meaning a family of four is struggling to get by on $24,250 a year or less, while Colorado ranks 37th in the nation for providing children with health insurance. While Colorado has been improving on these indicators, 7 percent of children still lacked insurance in 2013 and almost half of Colorado children didn’t have a medical home where they regularly go to get their health care needs met.

School based health clinics (SBHC) offer on-school site health care with an interdisciplinary team of health professionals including primary care providers, mental health clinicians, and social workers who provide case management support. They are strategically placed in school districts with highest rates of childhood poverty and the lowest rates of insured children, bringing care directly to children in-need regardless of insurance status. SBHC’s are also open to children who do not attend the host school, but are enrolled in the school district and are in need of health care services and attention. The impact of SBHC’s is well documented—kids are more likely to get timely preventive care, such as physicals and immunizations.  Chronic conditions, such as asthma, obesity, and mental health conditions are better managed and academic performance has been shown to improve in schools with on-site clinics.[1]

“At Roaring Fork High School we can now support the health needs of our entire school community. Students will be able to get medical attention in a more timely and efficient method,” says Roaring Fork High School Principal Drew Adams. “Our school district is fully dedicated to, and greatly appreciative of, the partnership we have with the Roaring Fork School Health Centers (RFSHC). We have seen the tremendous benefits of having a school-based health center in our schools in Basalt, and are hoping to expand this opportunity to students in Carbondale,” says district Assistant Superintendent Rob Stein. “RFSHC has been an invaluable part of our team in supporting the health, well-being, and academic success of our Basalt students; we wish that all students had similar support.”

Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics is a non-profit organization that provides pediatric integrated care and wraparound support services to children across Colorado regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. This school-based health center joins six other school-based health clinics supported by Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, 3 in Basalt elementary, middle and high schools, two in the Aurora Public School District, and one in Fort Collins. Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides the medical services oversight, administrative support, and fiscal support to these clinics. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, please visit www.rmyclinics.org or call Dalia Garfinkel at 303 861 4773. To learn more about Roaring Fork School Health Centers call Haidith Ramirez-Leon at 970-384-6060 and to schedule a visit to the new school based health center at Roaring Fork High School, please call 970-384-6054.

[1] Keeton, V; Soleimanpour, S; Brindis, C. “School-Based Health Centers in an Era of Health Care Reform: Building on History.” Pediatric Adolescent Health Care. July 2012; 42(6): 132–158.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CLINICS AND DELTA DENTAL OF COLORADO HOST KIDS HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

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Contact: Dalia Garfinkel

Phone: 303 861 4773

Email: dgarfinkel@rmyclinics.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8/4/2015 – Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC) and Delta Dental of Colorado will host RMYC’s inaugural Kids Health Symposium. This free breakfast event brings together health care professionals and other community leaders from across Colorado to learn about best practices for advancing the success of young children.

Scheduled for September 24, 2015 at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway in Denver from 7:30-9:00 am, the event features a keynote address by Jennifer Stedron, Executive Director of Early Milestones Colorado as well as a presentation by Bill Jaeger, Vice-President of Early Childhood Initiatives from Colorado Children’s Campaign. RMYC’s Executive Director, Jessica Dunbar and Medical Director Dr. Sophia Meharena will also present, along with a patient family who will speak about Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics’ impact.

The purpose of RMYC’s inaugural fundraising breakfast is to raise awareness of issues surrounding the health and development of children in Colorado, particularly underserved children, and increase support for RMYC. According to the 2015 Health Report Card, nearly 22% of Colorado’s kids live in poverty. Colorado ranks 37th in the nation for providing children with health insurance and almost half of Colorado children did not have a medical home where they regularly go to get their health care needs met. These statistics speak to the need for more comprehensive, accessible and affordable services targeted at kids in high-need communities.

“In addition to providing a forum for learning about best practices in health care and early childhood development, we hope to increase support for RMYC, who provides more than $1 million in uncompensated care annually to Colorado’s most vulnerable kids,” says Jessica Dunbar, Executive Director for RMYC.

Founded in 1996, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics provides accessible, affordable, high-quality health care and integrated support programs to children and youth across Colorado, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. RMYC has grown from a single clinic that provided 2,000 patient visits a year to a vast network of traditional clinics, care mobiles, and school based clinics that serve approximately 22,000 kids annually. More than 85% of the patients served by RMYC live at or below the poverty line.

To learn more about Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, please visit www.rmyclinics.org or call Dalia Garfinkel at 303 861 4773. To attend the breakfast on September 24th, please RSVP by September 15 by contacting Virginia Ortiz at 303 962 1517 or by email at vortiz@rmyclinics.org.

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RMYC Highlighted in 2015 Health Report Card

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Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics is proud to be highlighted in the Colorado Health Institute’s 2015 ‘Health Report Card’. The report focuses on the importance of medical homes for the care of children and families in Colorado, and Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics was one of the medical homes highlighted in the report. You can read more about it here.

RMYC ‘Kids Rock’ Back to School Campaign Provides School Supplies for Kids

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Contact: Dalia Garfinkel
Phone: 303 861 4773
Email: dgarfinkel@rmyclinics.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CLINICS ‘KIDS ROCK’ BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN PROVIDES BACKPACKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR KIDS

7/22/2015-Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC) has launched a campaign to provide backpacks stuff with school-district approved school supplies to under-served children in their clinics. The backpacks are being distributed at every Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics location: Aurora, Denver, Thornton, and our School-Based Health Clinics in Crawford and Laredo elementary.

The donations have poured in from private donors, as well as donations of gift cards from Target stores across the Denver Metro area. Supplies were purchased and stuffed by volunteers at the Thornton clinic. The first round of funding raised enough to make 70 backpacks total for grades 1-5. The campaign is an effort to promote school readiness, along with Well Child checks, sports physicals, immunizations, and literacy preparedness, and will continue through the summer and into the first weeks of school to ensure as many children as possible get backpacks and school supplies that need them.

“School readiness is impacted by a variety of factors, two being a child’s overall health and the supplies they need for their school work.  Preparation for school begins long before that first day, which is why RMYC takes a comprehensive approach to supporting kids with preventive interventions that include: immunizations, medical evaluations, behavioral health screenings, dental cleanings and dental sealants, promoting early literacy by giving out books and taking the time to talk with patients and families about the importance of exercise and proper nutrition,” says Jessica Dunbar, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics.

RMYC wants to make sure that our patients are feeling secure because they are physically prepared to begin school, and healthy in mind and body ready to learn. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please click here, and in the ‘special comments’ section please write ‘Kids Rock’ Back to School Campaign.

To learn more about Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, please visit www.rmyclinics.org or call Dalia Garfinkel at 303 861 4773.

Colorado Public Radio Profiles the Get Fit Clinic!

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20141014_RMYC_Crawford_0316Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and the Get Fit Clinic has been featured in an article about childhood obesity in Colorado on Colorado Public Radio. The article profiles patients and some of our wonderful providers, explaining the risks of children who are overweight and the work we’re doing to help them build healthy habits. You can read the profile and listen to the story here.

18th Annual Fore the Love of Kids Golf Tournament

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Thank you so much to all of our supporters and participants who came out for our 18th Annual ‘Fore the Love of Kids’ Charity Golf Tournament! The beautiful day took place at the Colorado Golf Club, and over 35 companies came out to show their support for our organization. In 80+ degree weather (and only a drizzle of rain!) our supporters helped us raise funds for our clinics, programs, and services and support our mission of connecting all Colorado kids to healthy lives. Check back soon for pictures from the beautiful day!

Thanks so much to the following generous sponsors for their support: