A Roundtable Discussion on Sustainable Health Care

July 9, 2009

Moderator: Dr. Don Parsons                                                          Attendees: 30

Sponsored by: The Greenlands Reserve, Howard Hallman, President

Participants included: Dr. David Gray, High Altitude Mobile Physicians; Dr. Justin Pollack, Mountain-River Naturopathic Clinic; Dr. Karen Wyatt, Community Care Clinic; Dr. John Graham, Chiropractic Health & Acupuncture; Kimberly Penney, RN, 9HealthFair; Jodie Trainor/Sister Rita Cammack, Summit Medical Center; Ernie Li, Structural Integration; Dr. Larry George, High Country Health Care; Dr. John Graham, Chiropractic Health & Acupuncture; Megan McGee-Bonta, Family Intercultural & Resource Center; Susan Westhof, Summit Prevention Alliance.

 Dr. Parsons asked, how do we sustain health in our selves, family, and community? The discussion offered insights into the present state of health care in Summit County, as well as what can be done in the future to better focus on wellness (vs. sickness).

Expressed was the importance of integral medical care of body, mind, and soul, a complete and comprehensive approach to treating illness. (Dr. George referenced Ken Wilber’s theory) Self-care, exercising personal responsibility, body-awareness, regular check-ups and diagnostics, and promoting wellness through daily living are key components in maintaining and improving health.

In general, we have an educated, aware, and active population in Summit. There is an emphasis on personal wellness that translates to everyday habits of nutrition and exercise; in addition, the mountain environment offers a critical spiritual and mental component. Dr. Graham spoke to individual vitality, a marker of well-being.

Bo Tomlyn offered the acronym from the www.reversediabetes.com website: NEWSTART: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sun, Toxins, Air, Rest, Trust – elements to consider. Mr. Balassa of Health Care for All of Colorado lobbies Congress for single-payer universal health-care. The aim is to serve everyone – no one excluded.

The Community Care Clinic and FIRC broaden care to the immigrant population, offering culturally-appropriate programs such as Latinas en Movimiento and Mamacitas, exercise and cooking classes through Operation Frontline and the Global Summit Initiative. The Care Clinic operates with a unique medical hallmark, offering medical & dental services, embracing different modalities to include the un-insured. No questions are asked as to whether immigrants are legal. In addition they have an 85% collection rate; their patients make payment. Sister Rita, St. Anthony’s hospital, pointed out that medical providers need to be concerned with offering an appropriate level of care.

Kimberly Penney of 9HealthFair has 19,000 volunteers in CO; the average age of those served in Summit over the last 5 yrs is 54. 9Health also offers health literacy in the classroom, bolstering interest by giving out nine $1,000 scholarships to teens active in the program last year. One of the essential goals of sustainable health care in Summit is to further end-of-life issues and palliative care. Holistic approaches like rolfing, structural integration, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathic treatment exist.

Wellness embraces a comprehensive modality of education, awareness, and self-care.

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