To our community, The devastating events that took place this past week in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia are heartbreaking. They display the grim manifestation of multiple epidemics that for too long have gone unchecked. While the economic and social stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic are always on our minds, both gun violence and racism
On Thursday, March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, sending $1,400 to most Americans and aid to state and local governments, schools, and businesses. This $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill also included expanding the Affordable Care Act and tax benefits that are estimated to cut child poverty rates in the US
On May 23, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB19-228 Substance Use Disorders Prevention. The new law, section 12-30-114, C.R.S., requires the Colorado Medical Board (Board) to adopt rules on substance use prevention training for prescribers. The Board’s new Rules went into effect on March 30, 2020, and require any physician or physician assistant seeking a
Proper vaccine administration is critical to ensure that vaccination is safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Immunization Branch (CIB) recommend that all healthcare personnel who administer vaccines receive comprehensive, competency-based training on vaccine administration policies and procedures BEFORE administering vaccines. Comprehensive, skills-based training should be integrated into
A press release from the Governor’s Office. In anticipation of the first shipments of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has collaborated closely with local public health agencies across the state to prepare health care facilities to receive the vaccine. These health care facilities will
Today, at 1:30 pm, CAFP Board Treasurer/Secretary Alan-Michael Vargas, MD, FAAFP, will be joining one of his COVID-recovered patients to speak at a press conference with Governor Jared Polis. The press conference will discuss the seriousness of this new phase of the pandemic. The press conference will be streamed at the governor’s Facebook page. CAFP
The Fall 2020 issue of Colorado Family Physician is out. Inside, we introduce Gina Carr, MD, the new president of the board, and discuss the latest approaches and education for family physicians. We also discuss suicide prevention, essential cybersecurity practices, and we launched our 2021 CAFP Award Nominations. And don’t forget the CME!
At first glance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pediatric (i.e., child and adolescent) and adult immunization schedules can appear overwhelming and difficult to understand. Fortunately, there are instructions, additional information, and resources to better understand both schedules: Instructions and Additional Information Tables and corresponding information: The pediatric and adult immunization schedules have brief
CAFP Board Member Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH, has been named the Vice Chair for Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion at the The University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine (DFM). This is a wonderful step for Dr. Piggott, who has devoted his life toward social justice and health equity. We are so proud of Dr.
The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) Board of Directors has selected Ryan Biehle, MPH, MPA, as its next Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective October 1, 2020. Ryan will succeed outgoing CEO Raquel J. Alexander, who is retiring on November 30, 2020. Ryan has over a decade of experience in