Boulder Community Health provided an email update on Saturday, Oct. 24
to community members. President & CEO Rob Vissers, M.D. reported on
two partnerships related to COVID-19: access to free testing for underserved
and at-risk population groups across Boulder County and a Museum of Boulder
exhibition sharing perspectives on the pandemic: the stories of BCH doctors,
nurses and patients.
Expanded Access to COVID-19 Testing in Boulder County
BCH is guided by a vision and philosophy of partnering with like-minded
organizations to make Boulder County the healthiest community in the nation.
Our team is announcing a new partnership addressing a key concern of the
COVID-19 pandemic – expanding access to testing.
BCH has joined with Boulder County Public Health (Public Health), diagnostic
testing developer Biodesix, Inc., and the Colorado Department of Public
Health and Environment (CDPHE) to launch a coordinated effort to expand
access to free COVID-19 testing for underserved and at-risk population
groups across Boulder County.
The new initiative will reach out to Boulder County residents who do not
have equitable access to testing services, including the Latinx community,
those experiencing homelessness, individuals age 65 or older, and people
living in the Peak-to-Peak areas of the county.
Access to such testing is vital to reducing the spread of COVID-19 disease
in our community. According to Jeff Zayach, executive director of BCPH,
his team has worked successfully with BCH, local urgent care centers,
community clinics, and other local hospitals to provide about 500 tests
per day, which meets the general testing needs of the community.
Unfortunately, lack of financial resources and transportation have been
major impediments to accessing COVID testing for many underserved populations.
Through our new partnership, free testing will be taken directly to the
people who need it most.
BCH staff will collect the lab specimens and Biodesix, through an agreement
with CDPHE, will process the tests. Boulder County is covering program
costs and BCPH is coordinating testing events at locations across the county.
We recently welcomed a new partner to this initiative. Gebhardt Volkswagen
joined the team by donating a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan that BCH and BCPH
staff will use as a Mobile Health Unit.
In addition to free COVID tests, the partners will provide culturally appropriate
education materials on how to stay safe and healthy, disease investigations
and contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine support.
This partnership is a great example of how organizations across Boulder
County are responding resourcefully to the many challenges posed by COVID-19.
Secondy, BCH is highlighting a creative cultural response to the pandemic.
Museum Exhibit Features COVID-19 Stories and Photos
On Friday, Oct. 30, the Museum of Boulder will open a new exhibit that
explores the relationships among simultaneous major events — from
civil rights movements to pandemics — in Boulder’s past and
present. As you would expect, the COVID-19 pandemic is a prominent part
of this display, and our team is proud that the stories of BCH doctors,
nurses and patients are featured. The exhibition provides varied perspectives
on the pandemic, from how the Boulder community came together to serve
over 14,000 nutritious meals to frontline workers to showing the personal
protective equipment (PPE) used by BCH doctors and nurses.
You can find museum hours and admission information
“Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020” opens
Oct. 30 and runs until March 1, 2021. You can find museum hours and admission
Drawing Parallels will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the historic
pandemic that has had such a profound impact on all our lives.