Healthcare in Rural Colorado
Whether we live in cities, towns, or rural Colorado, everyone deserves access to good health. Sadly, our approximately 750,000 neighbors who live in rural or frontier areas face obstacles that others may not. There are fewer healthcare providers and more risk for conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Gaining access to basic health screenings is a crucial first step in getting the resources these people need to improve their health and well-being.
Fortunately, Colorado’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, many of which 9Health already partners with, do an excellent job addressing the health needs in these populations. There are still concerning gaps in access—and that’s where 9Health—and YOU—come in!
By supporting 9Health you can help bring vital health services to rural Coloradans.
Working together we can address health gaps and issues—and support caregivers like Dr. Mark Olson in Limon, Colorado, who is committed to serving his community’s needs.
Mark R. Olson, M.D. is a 9Health Fair volunteer physician, who after medical school and residency committed to serve in Limon, Colorado, about 90 miles east of Denver. The small critical access hospital where he works is the only one on the I-70 corridor between Denver and Burlington, near the Kansas border—an area about the size of Connecticut. For the first few years he was delivering babies, manning the emergency department, seeing hospitalized patients, and serving three nursing homes as well as seeing patients in clinic six days per week. That was 34 years ago—and he’s still there today.
Serving a rural population means having a preponderance of elderly and low-income families—many of whom rely on Medicare and Medicaid. Access has always been an issue due to distances and economics, so it’s been Olson’s goal to provide affordable services and be proactive in accommodating the many changes in healthcare.
The 9Health Fairs have been crucial in helping him by educating and reminding people of the need to attend to their health and well-being. “Often times the lab work or screening tests offered by the 9Health Fair have prompted individuals to seek consultation and care from our services— many for the first time.” 9Health is a valuable partner in our communities.
Please help support Dr. Olson, his neighbors in Limon, and many other rural communities like his across Colorado.
We appreciate your gift and the great deal of support you provide to 9Health and your community.
What Your Donation Provides
Higher costs and long distance limit access to healthcare for many rural Coloradans. When you donate to 9Health Fair, you’re helping us to bring vital health services to rural communities throughout Colorado.
Ways You Can Donate All Year
Colorado Gives Day
We hope when you’re participating in Colorado Gives Day you’ll donate to 9Health Fair!
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Donate By Mail
- If you prefer to donate by mail, please print and fill out our donation form.
- Mail your financial gift to:
Director of Development
1139 Delaware Street
Denver, CO 80204
Donate By Telephone
Call (303) 698-4455 and ask for the Vice President of Philanthropy.
No donation is ever too small.
We greatly value the contributions of all our donors.
View the multiple types of donations we’ll gladly accept.