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The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Open to the General Public

      Colorado is currently in Phase 2 of administering the COVID-19 vaccine, which is now open to the general public. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s data shows that more than 2.8 million Coloradans have been immunized with one dose, and more than 2.3 million have been fully vaccinated. There are currently three vaccines that are authorized and recommended in the U.S. to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen. As of February 27, 2021, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and Novavax COVID-19 vaccine are in large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the U.S.       The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered at many locations across Colorado. If you are unsure of where you can...

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In Home Support Services: Which Services Do You Require?

      In Home Support Services (IHSS) is a program offered under Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid Program, which allows individuals to receive traditional agency-based care while providing direction for that care. This program offers three different types of services: homemaker, personal care, and health maintenance. Knowing the key differences between each type of service which will help you determine the service you require under this program.       Homemaker services are defined as general household activities which are performed by a person who is not related to you in your home to maintain a healthy and safe environment. These tasks include but are not limited to meal preparation, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, dusting, taking out the...

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The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program: What You Need to Know

      The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) is an industry certification that was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to assess understanding of nurse aide skills. Although the exam is referred to as a national program, some states, such as Florida, have their own national programs. There are 21 states, including the state of Colorado, that use the NNAAP to determine whether a person can obtain a state nurse aide certification.     The NNAAP exam is composed of two parts: a written (or oral) portion, which is offered in both English and Spanish, and a skills demonstration portion. Before a candidate can be added to a State Nurse Aide Registry, they must...

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis Updates Executive Order on Statewide Mask Mandate

      On March 5, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s public health laboratory confirmed the first assumed positive case of COVID-19 in the state of Colorado. Less than a week later, Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a disaster emergency for the state and shortly after, requested that the President of the United States declare a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado, which was approved on March 28, 2020. Earlier this month, the COVID-19 vaccine opened to Colorado’s general public. According to CPR News, a little under 30 percent of Colorado’s population has received one dose of the vaccine, and slightly less than 20 percent is fully vaccinated.           On April...

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Ability Connection Colorado: Advocating for Individuals with Disabilities

      More than 70 years ago, eight mothers formed a mother’s club with the aim of creating a better future for their children. Today, this club is known as Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO), formerly called Cerebral Palsy of Colorado. These mothers wanted more for their children and looked for ways to open doors for them to be included within the community. The ACCO currently provides inclusive education, employment opportunities, and statewide family support programs to help individuals with disabilities and families across the state of Colorado.       Ability Connection Colorado offers a variety of education, employment, and support programs. The organization has an education program called Creative Options for Early Childhood Education which currently has five...

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