Our COVID-19 Impact

Our Community Impact during COVID-19We continue to face unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacting our economy.

Whether it’s making sure our neighbors have basic needs met or connecting residents to important services, we are ensuring this support system is ready and able to keep our community strong.

We have worked diligently with Grand County Public Health, Department of Human Services, and all our Grand County partners and volunteers to create a plan that ensures our neighbors – especially our vulnerable populations – have access to what they need during this pandemic and economic crisis.

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, our primary goals have been:

  • Prevent the spread and support recovery of illness for staff and vulnerable populations.
  • Continue essential function operations to support vulnerable populations.

In 2020 we saw almost twice the normal need for our ACHES and PAINS health care vouchers, issuing 405 vouchers in 2020 compared to 271 vouchers in 2019. Additionally, mental health voucher requests increased 169% over 2019, and that trend remains in 2021. We have worked with community partners to stand up a human services system that is responsive and supportive for COVID-specific needs. We have worked with state partners to change application assistance programs so we can assist people virtually. *infographic represents our COVID-19 related efforts January-July 2020

In 2021 we’ve collaborated with partners to provide outreach, education, scheduling and transportation assistance to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. February through April the Network staff outreached to over 800 vaccine-eligible individuals via more than 1000 interactions. We also coordinated a minimum of 862 volunteer hours in support of Public Health vaccine clinics.

Now more than ever, we are hopeful that we will come out stronger together. We will value the backbone of our community: grocery store and gas station workers; truck drivers; teachers; nonprofit organizations; etc. We understand the importance of public health, first responders, and health care workers. We will come together to create a healthier society.

We will beat this. Because we are healthier, and stronger, together! We are Grand!

Grand County residents continue to need community resources – some for the first time in their lives.

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Maria’s Story

Following a car accident in March 2018, Maria (not her real name) was referred to the Grand County Rural Health Network by Middle Park Health’s Kremmling Clinic for financial assistance to obtain prescription medications due to severe injuries, including a blood clot...

Lisa’s Story

What spurred the creation of this video was simply a phone call made by a grateful client to someone on our Network staff, calling just to say "thank you" for our help. We were pleased that Lisa was willing to share her story of her "trials and tribulations" (as she...

Donna’s Story

Donna (not her real name) called our office in tears in late August 2018 because she had lost her Medicaid coverage. Donna was worried because she wasn’t able to afford her prescriptions without her insurance and felt the stress of it all might cause her to relapse on...

Bob’s Story

Listen as Bob shares in the video about how he didn't realize he needed support until he met our Care Coordinator John.

Mark’s Story

There is nowhere Mark Davis would rather live than the mountains of Colorado. Now 60 years old, Davis is a carpenter who specialized in remodeling houses in the Front Range and, later, in Grand County. For nearly 10 years, he lived near Grand Lake in an apartment with...