January 8-23, 2022
The communique sent to our registered volunteers explaining the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado Area Health Education Center's decision to not participate in the National Western Stock Show in 2022 follows here:
To all involved in the COAHEC event at the National Western Stock Show:
We have been carefully monitoring the situation with the COVID surge and working tightly with AMC leadership regarding our participation in this year’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS). It is with heavy but the best-intentioned hearts that we announce COAHEC will no longer have a booth or any other activity at the 2022 NWSS. This is directly in-line with CU Anschutz Medical Campus protocol given the high transmissibility of and the great surge in the Omicron variant of COVID. We have no word that this is state- or county-mandated, but to protect our students, clinicians, volunteers, and the community, we stand with the AMC leadership directives that include not participating in the year’s NWSS. To this end, all trainings (including tonight’s) are also cancelled.
We continue to feel honored and privileged that you continually support this endeavor. We thank you for the time you spent with us in discussions, planning, and training. We love your infectious generosity and how you share with us this mission to provide for the community in this way. We sincerely hope that you will keep the faith, stay healthy, and be able to participate in the Colorado AHEC Health Screenings Event Booth at the 2023 NWSS.
Colorado Area Health Education Program office provides, on average,1600 adults and children free health screenings at our booth at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) every January.
The booth provides a unique opportunity for health professions students, faculty, and staff to work together at a large interprofessional event held each year. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers from across the CU Anschutz campus including from the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapy, and Public Health join us annually. In addition, students and volunteers from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Regis University’s nursing program, Platt College School of Nursing, and CSU Pueblo interact while improving their communication and clinical skills in an interprofessional environment.
The target population of the event is hard-working individuals from rural and underserved communities; however, all were welcome to participate. Men and women from rural communities are a population that is often difficult to reach because of both the nature of their professions (e.g., ranchers and farmers) and their self-employment status often leading to scarce insurance coverage. Additionally, rural communities tend to have limited access to healthcare simply due to the lack of providers in their area.
The stock show provides the perfect setting to provide participants with education and gather data about their health and wellness at a relatively low cost to the Colorado AHEC Program Office.
Join the nearly 2000 people who volunteer their time to provide free health screens at the NWSS.
Want more information? Please email Patti Jo Wagner at Patti.Wagner@cuanschutz.edu with any questions.
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