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Our blog bringing you the unique views of the people that make up Colorado Access.

The Importance of Face Masks from the Epidemiology Perspective

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Let’s talk about the importance of wearing a face mask during this pandemic. Face masks are uncomfortable, annoying, and no one likes wearing them. So, are they really necessary? Let’s think about other public health interventions that are uncomfortable, annoying, and that no one likes to deal with. Motorcycle helmets. Motorcycle helmet effectiveness in preventing … Read More

Why the Mask?

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I am saddened by the “politicizing” of the issue. There is actually reasonable, though not perfect science behind the suggestion. With the disclaimer that we are learning more every day, what we do know is that there are likely about one in five who have the coronavirus infection and have NO SYMPTOMS. Further, those of … Read More

Patience

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These are strange times. Like most strange times, they were forced upon us quickly. COVID-19 has generated a lot of interesting stuff; conspiracy theories, doomsday preppers, and a lotta conversations that begin with “I just read this article…..” But the unifying thing it did do was to consolidate households very quickly. Surprise! You’re working from … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Research

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Hello and welcome to the fourth installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Public Health Infrastructure

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Hello and welcome to the third installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

Prevention: Man Smart, Woman Smarter

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When I was in college, I wanted to be a registered dietitian. Healthy eating and exercise habits are key to preventing many diseases for both women and men, and I thought that becoming a dietitian would benefit not only myself and my patients, but also especially my family and friends. Unfortunately, I’m not very good … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Infrastructure

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Hello and welcome to the second installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Vaccines

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, societal infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four … Read More

Mental Health & Me

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I remember growing up, I always seemed to take things a little harder than others. People would tell me I was “too emotional” or “overreacting”. Over the years, I continued to feel the same feelings and continued to hear the same brush off statements. It took a culmination of events for me to realize that … Read More

The Importance of Prevention in a Pandemic World

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Prevention is my job. It’s the thing I’ve dedicated my life to. Prophylaxis in its various forms is so important (e.g., vaccines, condoms, exercise, diet, etc). It’s why we enjoy longer lifespans than our ancestors. I think the hardest part of my job is what I call the “nothing problem.” When things go well, something … Read More

Census and Immigration

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Growing up as an immigrant, in rural Northeast Colorado, I understand how small municipalities and local communities make every penny count. This is why the census is important for all communities, large and small. Census data connects important funding streams for rural and urban based programs that support all of our families. Census totals help … Read More

Get Counted!

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The census is all about PEOPLE, and I am all about people, too. I think people are fascinating. I love to observe all kinds of people. My favorite pastime is watching people. People behave in interesting ways. People come in so many different varieties, and everyone is unique and special unto themselves. The census intrigues … Read More