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A landmark event

Dear Editor:

The Community Integration Initiative (“CII”) would like to thank our panelists and participants for making the night of Monday, Sept. 28, a landmark event for preventative immigrant health care in our valley. Hosted by St. Mary’s of the Crown Church in Carbondale, the “Health Education and Disease Prevention” workshop began at 5 p.m. with health screenings by Sharla Gallegos and Rosa Gonzalez of Mountain Family Health Centers. CII was flooded with calls prior to the event, and Mountain Family provided 25 health screenings through the evening.

The community dialogue, the fifth in a series of six CII “Living in the United States” events, yielded our highest turnout yet, with nearly 60 immigrant participants coming to listen and pose questions on topics ranging from the swine flu, diabetes and dental care to cancer prevention, teen pregnancy and access to mental health care.

The all-volunteer panel featured Ms. Gallegos, Janet Earley (Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers), Abbey Lochhead (Nurse Family Partnership), Elizabeth Means (Pathfinders for Cancer), Christine Singleton (Garfield County WIC Program), Tom Sorenson (Comfort Dental), and licensed counselor Julie Martin. Special thanks go to Jennifer Quevedo and David Perez for interpreting and to Father Jose Saenz for the wonderful venue.

Our final workshop, the third on this topic, will have a confirmed date and venue very soon. We hope you will come join us to see the profound orientation work these dialogues are achieving!

Jim Coombs, facilitator

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Hanya Gottardo, coordinator

The Community Integration Initiative