Taking charge of your health on the Western Slope

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- A class offered in nine Western Slope communities aims to help people take charge of their health.

For the next eight-weeks, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has teamed up with the Western Colorado Area Health Education Center (WCAHEC) to offer a Mini Medical School program.

"By bringing people together, so they can listen to doctors on various topics, we're hoping they’ll take charge in their health," said Nicole Heil with WCAHEC.

Modern day technology allows doctors to broadcast live from the Front Range to nine different Western Slope Communities. Each week a different topic is taught, ranging from rural healthcare to “A Day in the Life of a Rheumatology Clinic.”

"What is that? You hear the word thrown around, but unless you've had an experience with that you may not know," said Heil.

Organizers hope kids to will participate and see a future in medicine.

"They’re going to get to see every week a different focus about what they might want to be when they grow-up," said Heil.

But even if you're not looking to be a doctor, Doctor Elizabeth Buisker with Marillac Clinic said when it comes to your health, there's a lot we can learn.

"A lot of people think you have to be sick to see a doctor. Sometimes it's nice to just hear about the true anatomy and physiology," said Doctor Buisker.

For many of her patients affordable healthcare is often out of reach, meaning education through something like the Mini Med School can help avoid a pricey doctor visit.

"There lots of things that medical providers are able to give as far as information, changes that you can make now that will have an effect on your health through your entire lifespan,” said Doctor Buisker.

The Mini Med School is an eight-week course every Wednesday from 7-8:30p.m. until November 2, 2016. You can find the class at any of the locations listed below:

  • Grand Junction Mesa County Health Department

  • Delta County Memorial Hospital

  • Eagle County Library

  • Glenwood Springs Branch Library

  • Pitkin County Library

  • Steamboat –Bud Werner Memorial Library

  • Rifle Branch Library

  • New Castle

  • Hotchkiss

The Marillac Clinic is a Federally Qualified Community Health Care Clinic. They are accepting new patients. The clinic is located at 2333 N. 6th Street in Grand Junction, and also at 510 29 ½ Road (The Mesa County Health Department)

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