Chaffee County Public Health Launches Chaffee Community Clinic

Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) will launch a new pilot project called Chaffee Community Clinic (CCC) in Salida on May 23 and Buena Vista on May 31.

The inspiration for this initiative came from the most recent Community Health Assessment, where access to basic medical and dental care and services for mental health and addictions issues was high on the county’s list of concerned citizens. from Chaffee.

The Chaffee Community Clinic aims to serve people who are homeless, undocumented, low-income, those struggling with substance use disorders and others who have traditionally had difficulty accessing health care through an approach holistic physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The Chaffee Community Clinic will operate as a mobile medical and harm reduction clinic.
Medical services provided by Chaffee Community Clinic will include oral health screening
and limited treatment, basic wound care, smoking cessation, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
testing, HIV and hepatitis C testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and
immunizations. Clinic staff will also connect individuals with behavioral health, housing and
aging navigation, help with Medicaid enrollment, and help customers connect with a doctor
home doctor or specialist. Risk reduction services will include the safe disposal of
needles and syringes, free sterile syringes (Salida only), Narcan, fentanyl test strips,
acu-detox, overdose prevention education, recovery and peer support, and connection to
MAT (Medication Assisted Therapy).

“Ensuring access to health and wellness services and supports, especially for those who face the most barriers, is a top priority for CCPH and our local health system. Through coordination and collaboration, CCC aims to meet people where they are, assess their needs in an environment that suits them, and provide quality on-site services or make appropriate warm transfers to programs and to suppliers who can best serve them. For nearly six months, the CCC Planning Committee has undergone a wide variety of training, worked through protocols and procedures, and prepared to provide this service to our community in the most thoughtful, sensitive, and non-stigmatizing manner. . This project is fully funded through the support of public and private grants. We know we will have many lessons to learn and hope our county will walk alongside us as we strive to improve the landscape of health and wellbeing for all in Chaffee County,” said Andrea Carlstrom , director of the CCPH.

In Salida, the Chaffee Community Clinic will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday from
May 23 in the parking lot of the Salida United Methodist Church. Services will be provided in
both a mobile sanitary caravan as well as in rooms donated by the church.

In Buena Vista, the clinic will be open starting May 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays at
Buena Vista Congregational United Church parking lot. Services will be provided in
both a mobile sanitary caravan as well as in rooms donated by the church.

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