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Want to support a healthy community? Vote yes on 1A

Dear Editor:

As a public health nurse, I know the importance of preventive health screenings and how prevention and early detection save lives. I also know that not everyone in our community has easy access to these services in spite of the assumptions that come with living in Aspen.

At Community Health Services Inc., the public health agency for Pitkin County, we provide a range of health prevention services from immunizations to breast and cervical cancer screenings to prenatal care. The majority of our clients are either uninsured or underinsured and have incomes that prohibit them from accessing these services in traditional health care settings like a doctor’s office.

Our clients are the women whose husbands have lost their jobs in this economic downturn and with them, their health insurance, but who are pregnant and need prenatal care. Our clients are women who have lived here for many years, worked in the service industry and have never had health insurance, but know the importance of an annual women’s health exam and mammograms. Our clients are the parents who want to do the right thing and get their children immunized but don’t have insurance that covers immunizations or don’t have insurance at all.

Community Health Services Inc. and 60 other health and human services agencies and local nonprofits are funded by Pitkin County’s Healthy Community Fund. All of these agencies depend on this funding every year to ensure a better quality of life for the residents of our community who need it most. I urge you to first of all, check your voter status and make sure you are an active voter to receive a ballot. Mail in your ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 1, and vote yes on question 1A in support of renewing the Healthy Community Fund.

Thank you for your support.

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Liz Stark

director, Pitkin County Public Health

director, Community Health Services Inc.