Joshua Foust

Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta and Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton are among 506 institutions that are honored by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have achieved coverage rates of 90% or more for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth. There are 9

New guidelines for the childhood immunization schedule have been released. The changes provide updates that have proven to be safe and effective at preventing specific diseases at various stages of a child’s development. The approved schedules include recommended vaccinations from birth through 18 years as well as recommended catch-up schedules for children four months to

As We Look Toward a Post-Coronavirus Future, Don't Forget Rural Hospitals

This post is part of a new series CAFP is hosting, which will be highlighting and amplifying the voices of family physicians as they adapt to continuing their vital work of safeguarding communities under extremely difficult circumstances. This first piece is from Kajsa Harris, MD, who was a former president of CAFP. The COVID-19 pandemic

While Colorado and the world focus on the spread of the coronavirus, this year’s influenza season is proving especially bad for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 166 pediatric flu deaths nationally, the highest number seen since recently with the exception of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. In Colorado, pediatric flu deaths

Helping a Rural Community Manage Chronic Pain Medication

This is a story from the Spring 2020 Issue of our magazine, written by Glenn Kotz, MD, and Jarrid Rollins, LCSW. Few things are as frustrating as when a chronic pain sufferer comes into the office for an early refill on their main medication. The negotiation over how much medication to refill needs to be

The Spring 2020 issue of Colorado Family Physician is out. Inside, we profile the 2020 CAFP Award winners — Alan-Michael Vargas, MD (Family Physician of the Year),  Kieth Dickerson, MD (Teacher of the Year), and Daniel Dyer, MD (Resident of the Year). Their stories, philosophies of medicine, and their unique approach to public service are worth

An Update Snapshot of Colorado's COVID-19 Response

The office of Governor Polis has provided some updates and information about the state’s pandemic response. We have lightly edited this information for the benefit of our members. Quick Links to Stay Up to Date Governor’s Facebook Page covid19.colorado.gov Topline Update As of 4/1/20, Colorado has 3,342 cases and 620 hospitalizations out of 18,645 completed

Why Colorado Needs a Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

The CAFP recently issued a formal letter to governor Polis, where we in part urged him to issue a statewide stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (we also urged him to take additional actions to safeguard the healthcare workforce through better communications and a greater effort to secure PPE). We are asking for