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Women’s Health Care in the Vail Valley: Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We Need to Be

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Women’s Health Care in the Vail Valley: Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We Need to Be

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with Carol Conger, Vicki Cowart, Dr. Kent Petrie and TR Reid

February 7, 2018

Colorado Mountain College | Edwards Campus

Living in what is arguably the finest resort community in the nation can be a struggle for the people who labor, often invisibly, to help keep us on top. Healthcare, both its cost and accessibility, for low-income families is a large part of this struggle, and meeting the special requirements of women’s health care can be a particular challenge. In the midst of our obvious prosperity rests a thorny question: How do we make health care both accessible and affordable for our most vulnerable and, at the same time, important residents?
This program will examine the past, present, and future of this pressing need. Our panelists represent the major players at work both defining and addressing this problem.
Carol Conger has been a champion for women’s health, pregnant women and babies in the Vail Valley for more than 25 years. As a Certified Nurse Midwife at Mountain Family Health Centers, she delivers culturally sensitive prenatal care to the uninsured and underinsured women in Eagle County and neighboring counties as well. She has received numerous awards yet her greatest joy is being an advocate for women, a mother, a stepmother, sister, wife and grandmother. She developed and led “Baby ‘n Me,” a postpartum support group for families after birth, for more than 20 years, a program that Vail Health continues to support to this day. Her passion is health equity and reproductive justice. 
Vicki Cowart, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains approaches this challenge from the perspective of the organization at the forefront of the issue of women’s health care.
Dr. Kent Petrie has been a family physician in the Vail Valley since 1979. In 1980, he attended the first birth in the Vail Hospital’s newly opened maternity ward. Since then he has been devoted to women’s health services in our community and has attended more than 2500 births, including many “second generation” births (delivering babies of babies). Along the way he was awarded the Colorado Family Physician of the Year. He has taken his passion for the care of women and children to the mission field, serving and teaching in Honduras and Tanzania. After many years in private practice, Kent now works at Mountain Family Health Centers, our community health center serving the uninsured and at risk population in our valley.  He is also the county health officer, supervising the Title X (Ten) women’s health program at the Eagle County Public Health offices.
TR Reid is an author, lecturer, documentary filmmaker, and reporter who has written books on diverse subjects including an examination of how five industrialized democracies provide high quality of health care for all. Reid is Chairman of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, the state-wide citizens’ campaign working for universal health care coverage. He has served on the boards of Princeton University and several other community and national organizations.

Note: doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program begins at 6 p.m.

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