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HATS OFF TO... From left, Patrick Gullies, Regional Administrator for the Office of Regional Operations, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care; Chris Herndon, Denver City Councilman, District 11; Michael Hancock, Mayor, City and County of Denver; Patricia Gabow, M.D, CEO, Denver Health; Angela Williams, Colorado Representative, House District 7; and Kenneth Floyd, Chair, Denver Health Community Health Services Board cut the ribbon to Denver Health’s new Montbello Family Health Center.

Denver Health Cuts Ribbon To The New Montbello Family Health Center

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Patricia Gabow, M.D., CEO, along with Denver City Councilman Chris Herndon and members of the Montbello community cut the ribbon to open the new Montbello Family Health Center, Oct. 24. The new, 18,000 square foot Montbello Family Health Center expands family medicine, adult care, child/adolescent services, women’s care, pharmacy and medical laboratory. Montbello also offers WIC services and a pediatric dental clinic with four procedure rooms. Denver Health’s Community Health Services received a $2.2 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to expand the Montbello Family Health Center. The grant helped in the construction of a new building and provided the start-up funds needed to offer dental services in the new facility.

Chauncey Billups Elite Distinguishes Itself As 4th Grade Team Wins National Championship The summer competition for the Chauncey Billups Elite Basketball Academy (“Academy”) culminated this month. More than 280 teams from across the United States comprised the intense national competition in the MAYB National Basketball

Championship Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Because of the size of the tournament, multiple venues were utilized including the Charles Koch Arena which is the home of the Wichita State University basketball teams. Competing against some of the top teams in the country, the Academy’s 4th grade team was crowned the national champion in a 28 team pool of competition. For more information, call 303-6279604 or visit

Denver Public Library Receives Two Top Awards from Colorado Association of Libraries

The Denver Public Library (DPL) accepted two top awards from the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) at the statewide association’s annual conference on October 14. Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, which opened in March 2011, was honored for being among the best in the state, and will be named CAL’s “Library of the Year,” which honors exceptional accomplishments by a

Colorado academic, special, public, or school library during the past year. The Central Library Renovation Project Team of the Denver Public Library was also honored by CAL for being among the best in the state, and was named “Project of the Year,” which recognizes a creative and innovative project which furthers library service within the state of Colorado.

Denver Clerk And Recorder Appoints Director Of Elections And Deputy Clerk And Recorder

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson announced the appointments of Amber F. McReynolds as Director of Elections and Juan Guzman as Deputy Clerk and Recorder. McReynolds was instrumental in the reorganization of the Elections Division following Denver voters’ repeal of the 105-year-old Election Commission; creation of Denver’s award-winning Ballot TRACE program, which allows voters to track their mail ballots through the postal system; and the implementation of a pilot program that allowed Denver’s military and overseas voters to vote in the recent municipal elections via the internet. McReynolds joined the former Denver Elections Commission as ballot coordinator in 2005. Denver’s new Deputy Clerk and Recorder is Juan Guzman. Guzman most recently served as deputy city clerk for the City of Aurora. Guzman was instrumental in bringing Aurora’s recordkeeping into the digital age and has an extensive background in governmental and private sector information and records management. His private sector experience includes management of records retention schedules, records policies and procedures, enterprise content management, and federal records compliance for Lehman Brothers in Denver, including chain-of-custody tracking of hundreds of thousands of mortgage loan documents.

The Eastern Colorado Council Of Black Nurses Recognizes Excellence In Nursing

ECCBN held its first Recognizing Excellence in Nursing event on October 15. Five registered nurses were recognized in various categories ranging from trailblazer, clinician, education, leadership, and distinguished nurse. In addition one person was acknowledged for completing the CNA class and a RN student received a 1,000 scholarship.

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ECCBN has existed in the community for 38 years. In 2010 ECCBN became a chartered chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. ECCBN proudly acknowledges many accomplishments of its members. One of the original founders Dr. Margie Cook is still actively involved in the organization, and recently received the post secondary educator of the year award from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. Emma Jackson is another long standing member who received an award from the Colorado Black Women for Political Action. In addition, many members have either graduated with an advanced degree or are currently in school pursuing an advanced degree.

Hutchinson Wins Black Press Radio All Stars Awards Columnist of the Year Award

Author and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson won the prestigious Black Press Radio Magazine Columnist of the Year Award for 2011. The awards will be presented in Washington D.C. in November prior to a scheduled White House tour and congratulatory event for the winners. Hutchinson was especially pleased to be in the company of other nationally known distinguished nominees in the columnist of the year category that

included Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Bryce Watkins, Dr. Jeff Gardare and Stanley Crouch. The dozens of nominees in all categories of the media profession were the best and brightest in American journalism and media communications. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter

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