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Letter: Yes on 1A

As executive director of the Valley Health Alliance, I would like to publicly thank many individuals and organizations for their collective help in officially launching the Valley Health Alliance this fall. In addition to working with Mayo Clinic to build the "VHA/ Mayo Clinic Healthy Living — Health Assessment" for Valley Health Alliance-covered lives, we have joined forces to offer the first annual alliance-sponsored health fairs for the Aspen School District, the city of Aspen and Pitkin County. We are hosting additional fairs for Aspen Valley Hospital employees and spouses in November culminating with the largest fairs in December for Aspen Skiing Co., serving 2,000 individuals.

I would like to respectfully thank Aspen Valley Hospital staff (lab, information technology, human resources, occupational health, physician leadership and executive team). We all have never worked together before to bring these important resources to the Valley Health Alliance members.

Also, I would like to thank the Aspen Ambulance District for their volunteer assistance and stellar support at each of the aforementioned fairs. This resource is a true community asset and has brought value to the process and has helped us to provide these complex services for the largest employers in the valley at an economical price point.

In addition to the many Valley Health Alliance worker bees who were critical to the success of these programs, I would like to thank Elaine Gerson, chief clinical officer at Aspen Valley Hospital, and Gabe Muething, director of the Aspen Ambulance District, and their respective teams for their leadership, support and service.

I am honored to be part of this progressive community — this is why I moved here three months ago from St. Louis.

This is what community is about.

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Please vote "yes" on 1A.

Kathleen Killion

Executive director, Valley Health Alliance

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