Healthy Beginnings is a University of Colorado School of Medicine student-run pediatric clinic. Our mission is to provide convenient, free healthcare services for the pediatric residents of Warren Village, advocate for healthy lifestyles, educate on prevention and safety, and inform parents about primary care physicians in the Denver area. We provide pediatric clinical experiences for first and second-year medical students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine as well as provide a venue for second, third, and fourth-year medical students to gain clinical management skills. The services we provide include:
- Well-child check-ups
- Sick visits
- Education on asthma, bed wetting, potty training, moodiness, tantrums, discipline, rashes, picky eating and sleep problems.
- Sexual education for adolescents
- Reading Promotion
Our Growing Years program is a course that provides education in child health and preventative healthcare to families at Warren Village. Courses offered include:
An Apple A Day… | In this class, we’ll talk about developing healthy habits for kids and families. We will learn about what kids of different ages need to fuel their bodies. We’ll also discuss challenges around meal times, such as picky eaters and how to afford healthy choices. Dinner is provided!
Let’s talk about sex | In this class we will discuss how and when to educate children about private parts, strangers, and the birds and the bees. We’ll explore why it is important for children to be educated about these issues by their parents, and what are developmentally appropriate (and important!) topics for different age groups from young children through pre-teens.
Zzzzzzz | This class will teach parents about sleep in children. How much sleep do kids need? How do I know if my child gets enough? What do I do if I’m worried about my child’s sleep? We’ll also discuss common problems children have with sleep and warning signs that parents should look for.
Healthy smile, healthy child | In this course, we’ll discuss how to keep your child’s teeth and mouth healthy. We’ll talk about mouths from infants to school age children. You’ll learn why we care about kids’ teeth so much. We’ll also talk about tooth brushing, flossing, nutrition, and more. Most importantly, we’ll talk about how to make these healthy habits part of your busy everyday life!
“Mommy, I don’t feel so good!” Boogers, barfing, and bumps | In this class, we’ll talk about common things that make kids sick. We’ll discuss why kids get sick and what you can do to take care of them at home. Then we’ll talk about when you should take them to a doctor. We’ll also discuss common medicines that kids can take, and when they are a good idea or a bad idea.
“Back to school” | This course will cover important topics related to sending children of all ages back to school. We’ll discuss how parents can help kids succeed at school and how to tell if your child is having trouble at school. We’ll also talk about back-to- school shots: Why are they important? What are risks and side effects? What are some myths and truths about shots?
Upcoming Health Beginnings Dates:
- March 8, 2017
- March 15, 2017
- March 22, 2017
- March 29, 2017
- April 5, 2017
- April 12, 2017
- April 19, 2017
- April 26, 2017
- May 3, 2017
- May 10, 2017
- May 17, 2017
Meet the Healthy Beginnings Staff:
- Stephanie S. Stevens MD, FAAP (Healthy Beginnings Founder)
- Amy W. Long, MD
- Bethany M. Carvajal MD, FAAP
- Tai Lockspeiser, MD
- Jerry Rubin, MD