Health Resources

This section has resources to help you take care of yourself. You’ll find places to get information about chronic conditions such as diabetes or hepatitis, as well as other organizations, such as The Phoenix, where you can take care of yourself in a healthy environment.

If you need health insurance on the private market, scroll down to Connect for Health Colorado.

Health & Treatment Help

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A Stronger Cord

various locations in Arvada, Denver, Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan; see Events on website for more info

Denver Metro

A Stronger Cord is a faith-based organization that provides men and women on the "comeback trail" with opportunities to connect around working out. The nonprofit encourages three pillars of health: physical fitness, healthy relationships, and service to others. Locations and hours vary so you'll need to check out the Events tab on their website for this information. Call 303-667-5957 or email info@astrongercord.org to learn more. COVID-19 UPDATE: Activities are currently offered online via Zoom.

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AIDS InfoNet

Statewide

AIDS InfoNet is a website that provides current information about treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It is an educational project of the International Association of Caregivers of Providers of AIDS Care.

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Centers for Disease Control

Statewide

The Centers for Disease Control website is a great place to look for accurate information about your health. Click on the website, then click on Diseases & Conditions for information about chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and sexually transmitted diseases. Click on Healthy Living for info on obesity, vaccinations, and more.

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Colorado Health Network

HIV/hepatitis help at locations across Colorado

Statewide

Colorado Health Network (CHN) helps people affected by HIV and other health conditions such as hepatitis through prevention, care and advocacy. There were formerly known as Colorado AIDS Project. Click on the website, then click on Offices for the statewide list of CHN office addresses, phone numbers, and hours. CHN has offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo. CHN also has a statewide list of locations where you can get testing and other services. Click on the website, then click on Services and then Resources. If you got a tattoo while you were incarcerated, you should get testing for HIV and Hep C. Call the office closest to you and ask how.

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Community Recreation Centers

Statewide

Community recreation centers are a place where you can get your body (and your mind) in better condition. You can work out, take a class, take a shower (some have saunas!), and just take care of yourself. There isn't a statewide list of recreation centers for us to link to, so we suggest that you search online using the phrase "rec center near me." Your computer or smart phone will locate the closest community rec centers with links to their websites. There is a small fee for non-members. Be sure to ask.

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Connect for Health Colorado

Statewide

Connect for Health Colorado is the insurance marketplace for Colorado. If you need help selecting health insurance, they can help you. Click on the website, then click on Get Started and New Customers. You can also call them at the number listed or email them through their website after clicking on Contact Us.

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The Center for Trauma & Resilience

Statewide

Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, Pueblo

The Center for Trauma & Resilience provides culturally and linguistically responsive services, health promotion and crime prevention education. They provide programs and services to people affected by crime and the resulting trauma, at no cost. Services include their hotline for emotional support and emergency help, linking people to community resources, advocacy with employers, landlords, the criminal justice system, short-term crisis counseling, and more, including their trauma-sensitive yoga program and auricular (ear) acupuncture - as well.

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The Phoenix

2239 Champa Street Denver, CO 80205

Statewide

Denver

The Phoenix supports people recovering from a substance use disorder. They provide climbing, hiking, running, strength training, yoga, mountain and road biking, and other social activities. There is no charge but you must be 48 hours sober to join. They have their own locations in Denver (which we link to for the google map) and Colorado Springs, but they partner with gyms throughout Colorado. Click on the website, then click on Participate. You'll see a list of locations along with a calendar of events at each location. Click the red Join Phoenix Now button to enroll.

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Yoga and Meditation with Garry Appel

Statewide

The practices of yoga and meditation are part of taking care of yourself, especially now. Garry Appel is a Denver-based yoga instructor and my favorite teacher. No frills, no special clothes, just you following along with his instructions in yoga or meditation. Click on the website link to listen to the Yoga Nidra guided meditation classes. (His guided meditations are also available on the app Insight Timer. Download the app and search by the name Garry Appel. You can use the free version of Insight Timer to listen to Garry.) Click on the video link to get started doing yoga. Each class is about one hour long and usually begins with a few minutes of breathing practice.

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Your First Step

Statewide list of addiction treatment centers--searchable by city

Statewide

Your First Step connects people struggling with addiction to options for treatment, including long-term and detox centers. Their referral service is free but there is a cost for the treatment. They say they'll help you find an affordable treatment option. Click on the website link for their list of treatment centers in Colorado.

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