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Free screenings available on Diabetes Alert Day, March 27

Yampa Valley Health

Northwest Colorado Health is recognizing Diabetes Alert Day by offering free drop in diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Diabetes Alert Day highlights the prevalence and prevention of type 2 diabetes in adults. Nine out of 10 people most at risk for type 2 diabetes do not know it, according to the American Diabetes Association. Screenings, which include blood glucose test, cholesterol panel, blood pressure and body mass index, can help a person gauge their risk for diabetes and take measures to prevent it. Free screenings also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-871-7618.

Northwest Colorado Health receives recognitions for quality

Northwest Colorado Health recently received a Certificate of Achievement for providing high quality care resulting in improved health for patients at clinics in Steamboat Springs and Craig. The certificate was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, which oversees 1,400 Community Health Centers across the nation. The award places Northwest Colorado Health in the top 30 percent of health centers for service and quality achievements. The organization's Community Health Centers have also earned accreditation as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The designation is achieved by demonstrating a focus on patient centered care, which seeks to strengthen relationships between patients and their clinical team to improve patient experience and health outcomes while lowering health care costs.

Residents advised to protect themselves from hantavirus

Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a rare but potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Hantavirus can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Do not stir up dust by sweeping or vacuuming. Spray rodent urine, droppings or nesting materials with disinfectant or a bleach/water solution before wiping up. Then disinfect the entire area. For more information tips, go to cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning.