Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Medical Services has provided 911 Advanced Life Support to Ft. Collins and Northern Larimer County for 42 years. PVH EMS are the leaders in EMS, public safety and health promotion in the region providing not for profit service to 300000 residents and 2500 square miles in Larimer and Weld Counties.
PVH EMS provide the support through leadership, education, protocols and Physician Advisors to the below organizations. 

Northern Larimer County Rural EMS and Western Weld County consists of group of 18 community EMS provider organizations that work along side PVH EMS. Member agencies and individual providers utilize Poudre Valley Hospital emergency physicians as online medical control and Dr. Darren Trembley as physician advisor.

The Poudre Valley Hospital EMT Reserve Program is the volunteer branch of PVH EMS which serves the Fort Collins, Windsor Johnstown and Milliken Colorado, area. We provide Emergency Medical Services for special events while offering training, experience and community service opportunities to Emergency Medical Technicians.

Together we work to provide consistent, world-class emergency medical service to our community, neighbors and visitors. We collaborate on 911 responses, training and support.

UC Health EMS EMT John Pearson, a FCBikes Bicycle Ambassador and League Cycling Instructor riding with Vida Sana.

Program promotes biking for Hispanics, Latinos

As for many people here, the bicycle represents a critical means of transportation for people living within the north Fort Collins communities served by Vida Sana.

The University of Colorado Health program is a community coalition addressing health disparities among Hispanics, Latinos and low-income community members in north Fort Collins. Operating within the Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to Defeat Obesity (CanDo) and funded the state, Vida Sana helps connect residents in select Fort Collins communities with the resources they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Using a Promotora model, Vida Sana employees establish positive and reciprocal relationships with the communities who are most affected by health equity issues and increase awareness and access to resources.

One barrier to the potential positive health benefits of cycling in these communities is bicycle safety education.

Without proper knowledge and skills for bicycling in Fort Collins’ variable conditions, individuals can be put in stressful situations when traveling by bike. Offering culturally appropriate bicycle education opportunities can provide a powerful model to break down barriers and empower individuals to use the bicycle safely and enjoyably, regardless of age, ability or background.

Through funding from Women Investing in Strategies for Health — an affiliate of the Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation — Vida Sana and the FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassador Program have come together to provide bicycle education opportunities for Fort Collins’ Hispanic/Latino community. Vida Sana’s Promotoras were trained to become bicycle ambassadors and offer cycling education in Spanish.

As part of the city’s Bike Winter initiative, Promotoras taught Winter Cycling 101 in Spanish and held a winter ride in February.

To keep the community engaged, follow-up events take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 4 at Soft Gold Park and April 18 at Buckingham Park. Both events feature snacks and bike raffles, as well as an opportunity for participants to receive helmets, bike lights and get their bike tuned.

The events are open to the public and those who couldn’t make the February events are encouraged to attend. Please contact Edgar Dominguez, Vida Sana Health Equity Coordinator at 970-495-7519 or eddie.dominguez@uchealth or FC Bikes Bicycle Ambassador Program atbpeclarimer@gmail.com or 970-221-6987 for more information.

These Bike Winter events are examples of how the partnership between Vida Sana and FC Bike’s Bicycle Ambassador Program is opening up new opportunities for all members of the community to have access to bicycling education.

For more information on Vida Sana, visit candoonline.org/vida-sana. For more information on the Bicycle Ambassador Program visit:bicycleambassadorprogram.org.

This article was written by Edgar Dominguez, health equity coordinator at Vida Sana, UCHealth.