Thank You Elks!

Thank you Elks for grant to SBHC

Barbara Artimez, Laureen Murray, and Kathee Mahar (left to right)

Elks Present $2,500 Grant

The Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, School Based Health Center, and Cripple Creek School District would like to thank the Cripple Creek Elk’s Lodge BPOE #316 and the Elk’s National Foundation for a $2,500 grant that they have awarded to support our students. The Elk’s have generously been writing grants to support the health needs of our students for the past six years. This year the Elk’s partnered with: Linda Hewett, Nurse Practitioner in the School Based Health Center, (who provided the recipe for hummus), LeGree’s Venture Foods (who generously provided ingredients), local Elks’-Barbara Artimez and Kathee Mahar (who generously gave of her time and provided materials), and gave samples of homemade hummus to student’s, Laureen Murray, RN, School Nurse assisted with making hummus, and fun was had by all. This was very well received by the students, and many of them were excited to be trying a new and healthy food. This grant funding is used for medications (i.e. antibiotics, asthma inhalers, eye medications, etc.), dental needs for children, and x-rays, to name a few.   Thank you Cripple Creek Elk’s Lodge BPOE #316 and the Elk’s National Foundation for helping our students stay healthy and in school, as well as your commitment to support children and this community.

The partnership with Penrose Physician’s Health Group and the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, that is located within Cresson Elementary School, is running seamlessly, as they are now seeing both School Based Health Center students, as well as the entire community. Our hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with the provider, Linda Hewett, Nurse Practitioner. There are additional laboratory hours from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, where clients can make an appointment, or come in on a walk-in basis.   Please call (719) 776-4310, to schedule an appointment today. Continuation of many other services are still being provided. Teller County Public Health is providing both immunizations and Confidential/Reproductive Health Services to our students and the community. Please call them directly at (719) 687-6416 to schedule an appointment. Counseling services are available through Doug Randolph with Therapyworks and Jessica Hampton with AspenPointe Behavioral Health who both provide individual, family, and group counseling for our students on-site.


Laureen Murray, RN, BSN
Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center Coordinator
Cripple Creek-Victor District School Nurse
Cripple Creek-Victor District Behavioral Health Coordinator

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Do You Know About The Sunshine Vitamin?

The Sunshine Vitamin-Vitamin D

CCV Mountain Health Center

Brought to you by: CC-V Mountain Health Center

For many years, we have been cautioned about the harmful effects of the sun. Studies now show that that 10-15 minutes of sunshine a day is beneficial to our health. It is estimated that 50% of the United States population is deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a hormone. Vitamins are essential to the body, but not produced by the body. However, hormones are produced by the body and act as clinical messengers. Vitamin D regulates most genes and assist in cell division, immune function, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure.

Signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are chronic muscle and joint pains, chronic fatigue, weakness, seasonal affective disorder, periodontal disease, Premenstrual Syndrome, infertility, and compromised resistance to infection.

Foods rich in Vitamin D are as follows: eggs, organ meats, yeast, and green leafy vegetables. The recommended dose of vitamin D is 400-1000 IU every day and if there is no sun exposure, up to 4000 IU every day.

While the sun is shining, take advantage of it.

Sleep Hygiene

More than 100 million Americans fail to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vitally important to our health and well-being. It allows tissue and cell repair, detoxification, and energy recharging. There are five stages of sleep, with Stage Three being the deepest, as well as the most rejuvenating stage. As we age, the quality of our sleep decreases. The optimal amount is 7-9 hours per night. Too little sleep causes decreased alertness, decreased cognitive function, and decreased metabolism. This has been found to be linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. There are several important steps that can be taken to get a good night’s sleep to include: do not eat or drink 3-4 hours before bed, avoid nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol, exercise on a regular basis early in the day, yoga and stretching can be done towards bedtime, do not watch television or read in bed, listen to soft music may help one unwind, and keep your bedroom cool and dark.

Submitted by: Laureen Murray, RN, BSN on behalf of Angela R York, FNP-BC for Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center

Disclaimer: The information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

The Effects of Trauma, Addiction and Learning

The Effects of
Trauma, Addiction and Learning
FREE Presentation to the Community

The Cripple Creek-Victor School District would like to invite the community for training on March 13, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 pm at The Cripple Creek-Victor Junior/Senior High School in the cafeteria.

Guest speaker, Scheila Watson, MA, LPC, CACIII, EMDR and Kari Wilson MA, LPC, EMDR, Licensed School Counselor will present a training that will consist of educating teachers and our community concerning the effects of trauma on the brain, the effects of trauma and addiction, and how trauma impacts learning. The overall objective is to understand how our children are impacted by trauma and what we, as educators, administrators, and community leaders can do to reduce the impact of trauma on our children.

In December of 2014, the Cripple Creek-Victor School District received a grant from The Colorado Department of Education that was in direct correlation to Amendment 64 that went into effect in January 2014 legalizing the use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21 years, in the State of Colorado.  Since then, many communities and school districts struggle with an increase in substance abuse in our adolescent population causing community leaders, school administrators and school educators concern about the toll legalized marijuana has on our children.  The Colorado Department of Education funded The School Health Professionals Grant through legislative granting of tax revenues from retail marijuana sales directed towards hiring more school health professionals to bridge these gaps and overcome the barriers to access and reduce stigma as well. This grant was specifically created to provide school districts with funding needed to screen, educate, assess, identify, treat, and referral care coordination for secondary students who are struggling with substance abuse stressors and other behavioral health needs.

Please contact Laureen Murray, RN, BSN, Coordinator of the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center, Contract School Nurse and Behavioral Health Coordinator for further information at (719) 689-2661 or (719) 286-1100.

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