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Vaine: Health & health care: Too important to remain silent

Sarah VaineSpecial to the Daily

Nothing is more important than your health and the health of your family. But the decisions we make as a community – and as a state – shape the health and health care experiences of individuals living here.That’s why Summit Community Care Clinic is so excited about the Colorado HealthStory project. Personal stories about real people’s health and health care experiences are the best way to learn what is working and what’s not. Everyone has a health story to tell; the joyous birth of a baby, the moving experience of sitting with a dying parent, a journey of remarkable healing, the daily reality of living with diabetes, the perspective gained from providing care. Each story is a lesson for our local and state leaders about what Coloradans need in health and health care and what we need fixed.Summit Community Care Clinic partnered with the Colorado HealthStory project to collect stories about experiences with health and health care from people across our community. Sharing your story or the story of a loved one is a great way to get involved in the conversation about health. If we all speak up – parents, retirees, folks with lifelong health issues or new ones, people struggling to get by, people happy with their health care and those with complaints, insured and uninsured Coloradans, health care providers, and anyone else with a story to share – we can create a shared experience of health and send a strong message about how we – as individuals and as a community – want health care to work for us.Interested in hearing the stories in Summit County? Join the conversation! Plan to attend the Summit County Colorado HealthStory Community Forum on Wednesday Aug. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, Fremont Room (151 Peak One Blvd., Frisco.) If you have questions or need more information, just email HealthStory staff at:, or call (720) 233-7375.Decisions about your health are too important and too personal to be left solely to others, and you don’t have to be an expert to make a difference – you just have to tell your story.Sarah E. Vaine, M.A., L.P.C. is the executive director/CEO of the Summit Community Care Clinic.